Cinema: Sexual Sideshow

Otto Preminger has always had a certain flair for irrelevant melodrama (Bunny Lake Is Missing, Hurry Sundown), but never in his mercurial career has he made anything quite as tacky as Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. Adapted from an oddly beguiling novel by Marjorie Kellogg (who could be justifiably outraged if she had not written the deadly screenplay herself), Junie Moon is at base an egregious attempt to exploit both sentimental and kinky appetites.

Junie (Liza Minnelli) is a wild young thing with a penchant for what may be restrainedly described as the wrong kind of guy. Her date...

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