May 14, 1979 12:00 PM

Almost pointless is more like it. This is director Michael Ritchie’s seventh and probably worst movie (others include The Candidate, Smile and Semi-Tough). A young producer (Keith Carradine) goes to the Cannes Film Festival, tries to peddle his low-budget movie about Gary Gilmore on Death Row and falls in love with a married woman (Monica Vitti). Cameos by Farrah Fawcett-Majors, George Peppard and Brooke Shields (shot at last year’s festival) supply a little cinéma vérité. Surprisingly, Ritchie handles his foreign actors better than Carradine, who seems mainly puzzled. Vitti is marvelously vulnerable as the older woman, and veteran Raf Vallone is reassuringly dignified as her producer husband. The final scene, lifted straight from Casablanca, features Carradine and a pal strolling down a misty airport runway. Perhaps conceived in homage, the idea looks more like a rip-off. Ritchie, a director of great originality, should know better. (PG)

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