I wasn't born when this film released back in 1968, 50 years ago. But as a fan of Burt Lancaster's work, I can that this film is relevant today as it was when it came out. I would even say it needs a re-release. The film is surreal, real, allegorical, funny, sad. A film like this is likely not to be seen by many except movie buffs, I can imagine when it came out how some reviewers may have had a mixed reaction to it.
The color, the sounds and imagery all look very dreamlike along with the "scripted" dialogue. The world that Ned Merrill inhabits is like something out of a suburban fairytale with all of it's prettiness, sounds of laughter that only come from the upper class. It made me believe that this was a hallucination or that it's simply a surreal film that warps time. Ned, is a case study for everything wrong with society that is often motivated to be right. If i ever had to do a dissertation on masculinity and it's reaches into the upper class, Ned would be a good foundation to build upon. Ned and the ending of the movie make me wish for a sequel, not a full length film but something along the lines of just 5 mins, keep the film in that dream/hallucinatory state and end it.
Great film, when it's all said and done.