King of Marvin Gardens, The (1972)

The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), produced and directed by Bob Rafelson.

Come and hang out with these people for a while:

Meet them in Atlantic City and count the Monopoly game references. You could say it's about family and dreams. Or not. More of a character study than a tightly plotted drama, but it's fascinating filmmaking with found locations and opportunistic bits of business.

Fine performances by all the principals -- I'll see anything with these three actors. Bruce Dern was always a favorite.

It's an alternate viewport into life. Unlike most fiction, life is often plotless and absurd. In a story you need reasons for what happens; characters need motives. In life the reasons are sometimes too tenuous to be traced and people are irrational and unpredictable, with only the vaguest of motives.

Criterion Blu-ray, part of the "America Lost and Found: The BBS Story" box set. Another very pleasing image.