Movies: “David and Lisa”

Aug. 27, 1962 - An American film made on a shoestring stole the show today at the 23rd Venice Film Festival. It was “David and Lisa,” directed by a relatively unknown Theatre Guild producer named Frank Perry. The film tells the story of David, a bright young man (Keir Dullea, left) suffering from a mental disturbance which, among other symptoms, has instilled in him a fear of being touched. This lands him in a residential treatment center, where he meets Lisa (Janet Margolin), a similarly ill young woman who displays a split personality. Critics in Venice applauded the “extreme delicacy” with which the theme was handled.

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