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The Last Chapter

Posted by martinteller on September 3, 2012

Robert Murray (Denholm Elliott) is struggling to finish the latest in his popular series of novels about the James Bond-esque hero, “Maxon”.  He’s interrupted by a young admirer (Susan Penhaglion) who barges into his cabin and tries to charm her way into an interview.  The conversation takes unexpected turns as the two reveal what they really think about each other.  This is a pretty interesting little commentary on misogyny and artistic integrity, with fine performances by Elliott and Penhaglion.  The “Maxon” scenes — with Elliott playing his own protagonist — are amusing fantasies, with the music clearly meant to evoke the 007 films.  The film seems to be steering towards a pat ending but nicely sidesteps it.  Rating: Very Good (82)


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