from the screenplay by Robert Towne & Warren Beatty
Dell, New York, 1975
The blurb on the back:
'The La Dolce Vita for the 1970s.' - Judith Crist, New York Magazine
The only really extraordinary thing about Shampoo was how damn seriously people took it. Did the Los Angeles Times really think it would 'be worth studying a century from now'? Well, apparently so, such was the power of Warren Beatty's name, and such was the self-obsession of America and, particularly, Los Angeles at the time.
The reality is that it's a nice little comedy. Despite its pretensions, it has no political content whatsoever (it's set on the day that Richard Nixon first got elected as US President), but it does have some fine lightweight performances from Beatty as a randy hairdresser and the likes of Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn and Lee Grant as the young ladies with whom he has sex. Think of it as a superior version of the Confessions films: that way, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much fun it is.
What is less obvious is the fact that the book's perfectly readable. Not a classic, by any means, but a cut above the usual novelization standard.
ARTISTIC MERIT: 3/5
from the maker of...
Last Tango In Paris