Love at Large

Director: Alan Rudolph
Screenwriters: Alan Rudolph

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


While Love at Large is ostensibly a romance mystery, we can count on Alan Rudolph to throw us a curve ball. Indeed the director of Choose Me, Trouble in Mind, and The Moderns only uses the dictates of the genre lo throw its characters into the confusion, comedy, consternation and most curious crimes which surround the pursuit of perfect love.

In Rudolph's fashion, the plot of Love at Large is deliciously complex. Private detective Harry Dobbs (Tom Berenger) is hired by a sophisticated, sensual woman, Miss Dolan (Anne Archer), to track down a man who has tormented her. The assignment takes him out to a ranch town. There Dobbs meets Stella (Elizabeth Perkins), a slightly eccentric, inept private eye sent there by Miss Dolan to trail him. In an onrush of plot twists and support characters, Dobbs finds that love provokes the strangest actions. Everyone is either in love, out of love, desperately in need of love or busy denying the existence of love.

As in his earlier films, Rudolph orchestrates a complex dance of mystery; comedy and the absurdity of life. Always innovative in his casting, Rudolph has surrounded leads Berenger (Platoon, Someone to Watch over Me), Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction) and Elizabeth Perkins (Bill) with an array of interesting faces: Annette O'Toole, Ted Levine, Kate Capshaw, Kevin O'Connor, Barry Miller, Ann Magnuson, veteran actress Ruby Dee and musician Neil Young.

Saturday, January 27 4:00p.m.
Egyptian Theatre

Sunday, January 28 4:00p.m.
Egyptian Theatre


— Tony Safford

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