Long Live the King!
There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that distributor Park Circus have been obliged to withdraw Scarecrow from the Festival for reasons that are, as they say, beyond everyone's control. I know, I know - it is disappointing but the film will make it back into British cinemas later this year. The good news is that they have come up with a cracking replacement in Bob Rafelson's The King of Marvin Gardens, another criminally undervalued American classic from the early 1970s starring an irresistible cast headed by Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern and Ellen Burstyn.
Set in a weary, down-at-heel Atlantic City, Marvin Gardens is a haunting tale of impossible dreams and broken relationships with Dern in the flashier role of a hustler with big plans and a dangerous connection to the mob. A beautifully restrained Nicholson is his brother, an emotionally aloof radio dj who seems unable to halt his brother's wild schemes and reckless behaviour.
A worthy reunion for Nicholson and Rafelson after Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens has been immaculately restored and is a very fine, unexpected addition to this year's GFF programme.
The King of Marvin Gardens screens on Saturday 23 February (20.30), and Sunday 24 February (15.15) at Cineworld and replaces cancelled screenings of Scarecrow.