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Alex In Wonderland (1970)

Alex (Donald Sutherland), a young long-haired Hollywood director, wrestles with success while his wife, Beth (Ellen Burstyn) copes with their domestic fallouts.

Alex is a self-involved navel-gazing auteur who takes LSD for inspiration, pokes fun at 1960s Hollywood and then fantasises about meeting Fellini (who appears as himself, along with Jeanne Moreau).

His attempts to make a follow-up to his smash-hit Hollywood debut are constantly hampered by interfering studio moguls, and he finds life tedious.

alexwonderland3Sadly, so did the small paying audiences who saw this rambling film.

After minting a fortune at the box office with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), MGM allowed director Paul Mazursky to make any film he wanted.

The result was this horribly self-indulgent and self-conscious bomb of a home movie, which included the director himself in the cast, along with a number of his family members, personal friends and work colleagues.

Mazursky tried being autobiographical again in the equally dire The Pickle (1993).

Donald Sutherland
Ellen Burstyn
Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
Meg Mazursky
Glenna Sergent
Viola Spolin
Andre Philippe
Michael Lerner
Hal Stern
Paul Mazursky

Paul Mazursky