“The Last Tycoon” Review ✦✦✧✧✧

24 May, 2017

Year of Release: 1976
Elia Kazan
Harold Pinter
Director of Photography: 
Victor J. Kemper
Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum

Synopsis: Set in 1930s Hollywood, The Last Tycoon tells the story of a workaholic producer who attempts to maintain a private relationship while becoming wrapped up in the affairs of his high-profile colleagues.

Last Tycoon Review:

Adapted from the pages of an incomplete F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, “The Last Tycoon” is a rather disappointing point of closure from a director who made a huge impact during the Classical Hollywood era. Elia Kazan’s final film is, at best, an incredible cast list in motion as Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, and Robert Mitchum find their feet alongside Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, and Jeanne Moreau who battle for a place on-screen only to ruin Kazan’s legacy in the process.

Despite featuring performances from a number of young actors at the high point of their careers, the film is scattered with aged Hollywood stars who look as haggard as the director himself while he dwindles away his final moments from behind a rusty camera. Failing to utilise the talents of his key players, Kazan struggles to breathe life into the characters whose mere presence has little weight outside of their A-List status.

Placed in a role that Pacino declined, De Niro deflects the film’s insincere script, managing to convey genuine passion while in the presence of his dull on-screen love interest. Working far better on paper than it does on a sound-stage, “The Last Tycoon” is an unfitting point of closure from an artist entering the most self-reflective stage in his career and it allows its actors to become a vessel for dreariness as badly written archetypes leave viewers baffled by the immateriality of the movie’s entire structure.


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