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.
Sadly, 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).