Cinema: Diane in the Rough

LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR. Directed and Written by Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks has made so many crude miscalculations in adapting Judith Ressner's bestselling novel to the screen that it is surprising that he mustered the wisdom to pick Diane Keaton as his star. In the role of Theresa Dunn, a Catholic schoolteacher who cruises singles bars at night, Keaton is everything the rest of this movie is not: provocative, affecting, scary. She creates a heroine who is at once sexual aggressor and victim, lady and tramp, and she relentlessly savages most pat notions about the nature of womanhood. It is a spectacularly...

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