Tribute #1: Endless Love (1981)

A Film Review By Stefan Vlahov

Only a year after the release of the controversial The Blue Lagoon, which had a fourteen year old Brooke Shields participate in nude sex scenes, came out Franco Zeffirelli’s Endless Love, which also had Shields’s unclothed form fully on display throughout large parts of the movie. Even though they contain underage nudity, both films were mainstream at the time that came out, but have since been labeled as taboo examples of exploitative cinema. As far as Endless Love is concerned, the trouble is not in the nudity, as Shields is ridiculously beautiful, but in the screenplay which strays so far from Scott Spencer’s tragic novel that it becomes ineffective. In the novel the relationship between Jade (Shields) and David (Martin Hewitt) is an one-sided obsession, but Zeffirelli, whose previous credits include some excellent love stories like Romeo & Juliet, decided that the love between the two leads should be mutual.

By simply removing the conflict that a one-sided relationship would entail, but still keeping some scenes from the book, the film becomes a spectacle of mis-matched emotions and questionable tactics on both sides of the story. David loves Jade and will do anything to have her. At one point he decides to burn down her house only to heroically save her and her whole family in the last minute, just to impress her. Of course that doesn’t work. It is a great example of young love spinning out of control. Jade’s mother Ann (Shirley Knight) disapproves of the relationship (partly because of its physicality) and tries to split them apart (shades of Heavenly Creatures?), but is endlessly unsuccessful. Their love is endless after all.

Zeffirelli seems to struggle with his characters’ attitudes as much as the audience would to understand them. David is frequently portrayed as a stalker with at least a mild psychological disorder, but that does not stop Zeffirelli from attempting to redeem his destructive actions in the end. The audience never gets an answer as to why Jade still loves him after all that he has done, and it leaves the film with an unsatisfying aftertaste. But while the film does not work well emotionally, it does contain some great acting by Shields and her supporting cast. Shields, like she always did in those days, gives it her all and her emotional performance is the reason many people have come to love this film. Even though she doesn’t show up for a long time in the film, she still carries it. Martin Hewitt, on the other hand, only looks the part, but never makes David believable. He is too over-the-top to sell his psycho persona, but is also too subdued at times for his own good. Supporting roles from such names as James Spader, Tom Cruise and Robert Altman are also done well. Actually Altman’s appearance totals less than ten seconds, but what can you do?

Technically, the film is bad, just like most 80’s films. the editing is sloppy, the score is over-the-top, and the cinematography is gritty. At least the burning house looks believable. Overall, though the film has split many viewers. People who have read the book have decided to call this one of the worst movies of all time, while others are claiming it is one of the best love stories ever told. I fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes as the film has so many flaws, especially in its storytelling, that it can’t be saved, but it also has some great moments, especially near the end when we realize that young love is tumultuous, passionate, but eventually hopeless.

13 thoughts on “Tribute #1: Endless Love (1981)

  1. This is a film I’ve never watched before, but you deem it worth watching and we are soul mates on movie compatibility so I’ll look into it. Very well thought out, although not your best. Keep it up man, you’re bringing sexy back remember that!


  2. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


  3. I've as a last resort liked things like sand clocks, lava lamps, and the like to kind of just dissipate in days of yore staring at it as a configuration of catharsis. In a route, it helps me with meditation, to free stress and just fantasize fro nothing. That's why since I was a kid, in place of of dolls and cars I've perpetually collected more of such pieces like sand clocks, lava lamps, musical boxes etc. So I was most pleased when I found the[url=] 2-Laser + LED Spry Presentation Laser Outstrip Gyroscope with Music Effects[/url] from under the Toys section. It's like a musical belt, a spinning head, and a moonlight reveal all rolled into one. Which is capacious relaxation! The gyroscope transfer spin object of round a minute. The laser enlightenment pretension with accompanying music makes this gyroscope a rather unequalled toy that my friends be subjected to also been most amused with.

    My dogs are also beautiful eccentric about the laser gyroscope I got from They evermore attend the gyroscope as it spins, although at earliest they kept barking at the laser slight accompany, and also because it produces music. But after they got used it, they've stopped barking but just maintain following the gyroscope whenever I start spinning it. Kids are also unbelievably amused nearby it. Sometimes it's meet to take fun toys around the blood so that you can desert the toy on while the kids are being amused or playing with it while you live fit out foodstuffs or fall heir to changed. The gyroscope is a particular such toy with this purpose.

    The gyroscope I bought from has a dragon as a map on it, and produces a gegenschein accompany with red, downcast, and green colours. Take a look at the pictures I've uploaded of the gyroscope with laser luminosity show. The music produced from the gyroscope is not that expert but allowable plenty to treat any chic customer to the house. The gyroscope is red and raven, making it look particular coolth, and slightly masculine with that dragon imprint.

    The music light make clear gyroscope runs on 6 LR44 batteries, which are replaceable anyway. I've also acclimatized this gyroscope to stagger my girlfriend during our anniversary celebration. I did the cheesy thing of decorating the hostelry latitude with roses and when I led her in, I started up the gyroscope as affectionately so that the laser brighten expose produces a ideal effect. I also had some battery operated candles so all the understanding effects created a rather romanticist atmosphere. She loved it, not later than the going, to my relief. I also bought the candles from These days it seems to be my non-fulfilment shopping locality suitable all gifts and ideas in compensation emotional occasions.

    Since Christmas is coming, this laser light playing gyroscope can possibly be a talented Christmas gift in behalf of the toddler or in spite of the pet! Alternatively, the gyroscope can absolutely be a gracious addition to the usual Christmas decorations. I can take it as given placing it within a mile of the Christmas tree and maybe spinning it when guests succeed in the house. Looks like [url=][/url] is getting my duty anyway again!


  4. A shared spider's web hosting maintenance or understood hosting service or receive host refers to a net hosting servicing where various websites reside on harmonious snare server connected to the Internet. Each situate “sits” on its own allotment, or section/place on the server, to regard it sort from other sites. This is generally the most economical privilege on account of hosting, as diverse people share the complete set someone back of server maintenance.


  5. [b][url=]ugg boots uk[/url][/b] One more point to think about is the fact that you merely can easily find the ideal presents at deal designer tag procuring bags as soon as you entire world large world-wide-web. Lots of individuals loathe to go around the net, on the other hand the truth is this it is almost everything you'll need to execute in order to locate a reduced priced trendy handbag. You'll continue to are inclined not to obtain a single matter, bonus from it somebody drop undesirable with looking all over around the website? While you unearth institutions which normally quickly promote bargain attractive wholesale purses, even so retailers such as craigslist and ebay are exceptional places to go looking additionally..

    [b][url=]ugg boots uk[/url][/b] The earliest variety of termination of a teenage being pregnant abortion – that could be performed is termed a medical related abortion, which might be completed inside the primary nine weeks of pregnancy. Two distinctive drugs might be utilized, methotrexate or mifepristone (RU486), adopted by a different drug referred to as misoprostol. This sort of abortion will not need any kind of surgery, but requires longer to work, requiring numerous visits to the physician or clinic.

    [b][url=]louis vuitton purses[/url][/b] Fuel Stratified Process New designs in the A3, A4, A6 and A8 are presented, collectively along with the escalating more mature one.8 actu powerplant now acquiring been substituted with new Petrol Stratified Shot (FSI) machines. Nearly every single gas utilizing up form within the selection now characteristics this fuel-preserving engineering, like the best just after: FSI motor. These baggage, turning out for being inside the best wonderful and made with the full earth nicely-acknowledged suppliers are incredibly high priced and they are usually significant priced way very.

    [b][url=][/url][/b] Hart utilized a special company to evaluate his qualifications. What stays unclear up to now is should the mistake in Mr. Thompson's academic information and facts was found out. She's these a flawless design, so easy and continual. It's possible that this is exactly why she is remaining inducted into Canada's Stroll Of Fame in September. Don't be concerned, yours absolutely will surely be there to snap Daria in all of her glory (however my photographs probably won't be as terrific as these by Inez Vinoodh)..

    [b][url=][/url][/b] Do you want to grasp your really like horoscope this month? Here you will get free of charge month-to-month enjoy horoscope for every month. That is a guide for the month forward for all 12 zodiac signs. Read per month appreciate horoscope for your month of October and learn how your daily life goes to become this month.


  6. Hello. Facebook takes a [url=]craps[/url] lash on 888 casino apportion: Facebook is expanding its efforts to mention real-money gaming to millions of British users after announcing a wrestle with with the online gambling chuck 888 Holdings.And Bye.


  7. WkoAro [url=]MCM 通販[/url] IzcBrx OwjGcl [url=]MCM 財布[/url] LqdNvm CyyCsn [url=]MCM 店舗[/url] XkuRld TucQso [url=]MCM キーケース[/url] SsmWon AmlLzc [url=]MCM リュック[/url] PbjJqn NenIjr MkuWxb [url=]クロエ[/url] KauQ WfoAA [url=]TUMI 財布[/url] XopFbQ QxjUjFP [url=]トゥミ[/url] AocVgn [url=]MCM 長財布[/url] QxfYne [url=]MCM バッグ[/url]


  8. |
    Contrary [url=]louis vuitton knolckoffs[/url]
    what you might expect, custom coFFee mugs are not a great Feal more expensive than smaller promotional item[url=]Louis Vuitton kopierte Tasche kaufen[/url]
    For basic ceramic mugs you can expect [url=]Louis Vuitton Outlet/[/url]
    pay an average oF $0.70 per mug. Obviously you can go much higher than this, with insulateF travel mugs reaching closer [url=]Louis Vuitton kopierte Tasche kaufen[/url]
    $3 per mug.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s