New Movies: Petulia

Philadelphia-born Richard Lester, who became British cinema's one-man new wave with A Hard Day's Night and The Knack, chose San Francisco as the location for Petulia, his first film in the U.S. "It's the most exciting city anywhere on earth," he explained. The excitement, unfortunately, seems to have been too much for him. Petulia is a dazzlement of props and location shots, around which the actors ricochet helplessly through a non-romance between a girl who is some kind of nut and an orthopedic surgeon who seems to be going the same route....