The Comic

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"A funny new motion picture that tells Hollywood like it was!"
  • M/PG
  • 1969
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 6.4  (932)

The Comic is a 1969 American dramedy film directed by Carl Reiner, starring Dick Van Dyke, Michele Lee and Mickey Rooney. The film chronicles the life of a famous silent movie star, Billy Bright, as he navigates the transition to talkies and the pitfalls of fame. Van Dyke delivers a standout performance as Bright, a loveable yet tortured performer who struggles to reconcile his desire for artistic expression with the demands of his commercial success. Lee plays his supportive love interest, Mary Gibson, a fellow performer who helps him find his voice and rekindle his passion for storytelling.

Rooney provides comic relief as Bright's eccentric agent, Cockeye, whose schemes and shenanigans often land them both in hot water. Despite their ups and downs, the dynamic between the three leads adds heart and humor to the film.

The Comic also boasts a strong supporting cast, including Cornel Wilde as Bright's jealous co-star, and Pierre Olaf as the ruthless head of the studio. The film explores themes of ambition, self-discovery and the price of fame, while delivering plenty of laughs and nostalgia for classic Hollywood cinema.

One of the highlights of the film is the use of old-fashioned silent film techniques, including black-and-white cinematography, intertitles and slapstick comedy. These elements serve as a tribute to the early days of the movie industry and reinforce the importance of preserving its history.

The Comic was well-received by audiences and critics alike upon its release, with particular praise for Van Dyke's performance and the film's ability to blend comedy and drama seamlessly. It remains a charming and entertaining look back at the golden age of cinema and the struggles of those who made it great.

Overall, The Comic is a gem of a film that showcases some of the best talent of its time. It captures the spirit of old-fashioned Hollywood cinema, while exploring timeless themes that remain relevant today. Anyone who loves classic movies and heartfelt storytelling should add this film to their watch list.

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    1 hr 34 min
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    6.4  (932)