Do You Want to Peel a Tomato?

How many other leading-edge Baby Boomers remember that fine 1969 movie “The Sterile Cuckoo”?

It starred Liza Minnelli as a zany, lovable, but ultimately overly weird college girl who gets involved with a ho-hum, drab college guy who in the end can’t handle her “vision” and then seeks his escape.

The title of my post comes from a Liza line, when she is telling the guy he can take her clothes off — to me, a wonderful, magical prospect back in those good old days. (Just the year before, my father was recalling for me his 1940s aching for Judy Garland — something I could not fathom in 1968.)

“The Sterile Cuckoo” was a terrific movie, and I wanted to see it again.

But it’s not available on Netflix. Well, that’s understandable, I suppose. After all, someone would have to manage the transfer from stinky old film to shiny new DVD, and maybe there’s not enough demand for all that work.

To me, the thing NOT understandable is this:  In its list of “all” Liza movies, Netflix does not mention this movie at all!

Is Netflix so proud that it will not admit to the existence of a movie it can’t sell? Is it too poignant to behold the gorgeous young Liza and imagine her “peeled”?


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