Picks and Pans Review: Exposed

updated 04/25/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/25/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The casting is promising: Nastassia Kinski, an international movie star despite her limited acting abilities, plays opposite Rudolf Nureyev, once king of the ballet, now seemingly on course in his second career as a movie star. Sadly, the expected sparks never fly. It's not the actors' fault. James Toback, the director-writer-producer, has proven his talents in such other films as The Gambler and Love and Money, but this time he is floundering. The film, a disjointed, almost farcical international thriller, is devoid of sensible plot, character and dialogue, which doesn't leave much. Kinski, showing more range as an actress than in any of her previous films, is a bored college student who drops out for the big-time world of New York modeling. She soon gets caught up in a bizarre plot to catch an international terrorist, played by Harvey Keitel—a good actor once again stuck in a mediocre role. Nureyev is a concert violinist in pursuit of Keitel, although it is never clear why. Nureyev's plot to use Kinski as bait could have produced an exciting twist, but in Toback's hands the development makes no sense. All that takes place is a lot of dashing back and forth between New York and Paris. The characters don't get anywhere and it's not much of a trip for the audience, either. (R)

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