Creator was made by Czech expatriate director Ivan Passer, who has made some minor films within the American mainstream, most famously The Silver Bears (1977) and Cutters Way (1981), as well as the failed Lord Byron-Mary Shelley drama Haunted Summer (1988). The screenplay comes from novelist Jeremy Leven. Leven adapts his own 1980 novel and does a sublime job there are few other scripts that bubble over to brimming point with so many witty and quotable one-liners.
Creator is a film that has a near-perfect unison of cast and script. Peter OToole suits his part like a glove and sweeps the entire film along in his eccentric, oddball presence by the pure force of sheer charisma. However, it is a performance of soft emotions too the ending where he realises he is holding on to the past is an extremely touching one. I have rarely seen OToole shine so well in a role as he does here. There is also a great supporting cast. Almost as good as Peter OToole is Mariel Hemingway as the cynical-mouthed but ultimately soft-hearted Meli. David Ogden Stiers is fine as the boorish Kuhlenbeck, while Virginia Madsen is as always great.
If Creator has a fault, it is probably in setting David Odgen Stiers Kuhlenbeck up as a straw figure for its life/God/inspiration vs materialist/scientific reductionism argument. The black-and-white divides the film makes seem somewhat reductionist themselves. However, this is only something that occurs when one thinks about it much later. The film itself is sublimely uplifting.
Screenwriter/novelist Jeremy Leven later went onto write and direct Don Juan de Marco (1995), another sublimely happy quasi-fantasy film about hanging onto dreams featuring Johnny Depp as a man who believes that he is the reincarnation of the worlds greatest lover, and the non-genre romantic comedy Girl on a Bicycle (2013). Leven has written a number of other screenplays including The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Alex & Emma (2003), The Notebook (2004), My Sisters Keeper (2009) and Real Steel (2011), as well as Crazy as Hell (2002), based on his novel, with a psychiatrist treating a man who claims to be Satan.
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