Some love for Elliott Gould and his early '70s work:
There was certainly an element of bravado in some of his early career decisions. For “Little Murders” (1971), a dark farce based on a Jules Feiffer play, Mr. Gould approached — and briefly secured — Jean-Luc Godard to direct. “I wanted someone really avant-garde,” he said. But the relationship with the irascible Mr. Godard soon foundered.
Mr. Gould said, “I told him: ‘Look, the establishment here does not want to work with you. I want to work with you, and the establishment wants to work with me.’ ” (Mr. Godard’s response, as Mr. Gould tells it, is not printable.)
The studio ended up installing the actor Alan Arkin as director. “Elliott was a dream as an actor and a producer,” said Mr. Arkin, who added that the characterization of Mr. Gould as an emblem of uptightness was misleading. “I’ve always thought he had a looseness about him.”
Should some other films have been included? (NYT, Between Productions)