Cinema: Nympho in a Home Movie

Birds in Peru is about as self-indulgent as a movie can get. French Novelist Remain Gary wrote the script and directed the film, with his actress wife Jean Seberg—they are now separated—in the lead. This was his first effort at moviemaking, and it was a terrible mistake. In Birds in Peru, he seems to be sketching out a private fantasy, like the breakfast-table bore who insists on recounting his dreams.

Equipped with some human motivation, a bit of believable dialogue and a more discriminating eye for the bogus, his film might have been a macabre little study of a pretty young nymphomaniac...

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