May 11, 1970 – In US cinemas: Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon

Tell_Me_You_Love_Me,_Junie_Moon-1970Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon is an American comedy-drama film directed and produced by Otto Preminger. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Marjorie Kellogg.

The film stars Liza Minnelli as the title character Junie Moon, a girl whose face is scarred in a vicious battery acid attack by her boyfriend (Ben Piazza). Later in an institution, she meets a man with epilepsy (Ken Howard), and a gay paraplegic who uses a wheelchair (Robert Moore). Disabled, but not down, they live together in an older, rented house and bond, determined to prove themselves and to help each other.

Unlike Liza Minnelli’s previous film, 1969’s The Sterile Cuckoo, which was a triumphCinema-US-05-11-1970 artistically and financially, as well as netting Minnelli an Oscar nomination as Best Actress, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon was a quick and resounding failure with critics and at the box office. It was virtually forgotten. Minnelli’s next film two years later, Cabaret, would not only win her the Academy Award but also establish her as a superstar. [Wikipedia]

Watch the opening credits featuring Pete Seeger singing “Old Devil Time” on the JPFigueira YouTube Channel.

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