The Second Coming of Suzanne

The Second Coming of Suzanne

Drama | 90 Mins | Released: 1974
Director: Michael Barry
Starring: Sondra Locke, Paul Sand, Jared Martin, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Barry, Gregory Enton, Penelope Spheeris
Our Rating: 4

The Second Coming of Suzanne (also known as Suzanne) is a 1974 film directed by Michael Barry. It stars Jared Martin as an obsessed San Francisco indie film maker who hires a beautiful young woman called Suzanne (played by Sondra Locke) to star as a female Christ in his next film. Richard Dreyfuss appears as a member of the crew who becomes concerned at the increasingly weird antics of the rest of the ensemble, which culminate in the crucifixion of Suzanne on a local hill.

Movie Notes:

The Second Coming of Suzanne was inspired by the lyrics of Leonard Cohen‘s song “Suzanne”, as heard on the soundtrack.

The director’s father Gene Barry is also featured, as a TV presenter, in a somewhat opaque sub-plot.

The Second Coming of Suzanne appears to be Michael Barry’s only known film as a director.

The film music was recorded by Touch.

Record producer Mickie Most originally conceived this as a vehicle for Paul McCartney in the role of Clavius, but he was offered the role during the time of the break-up of The Beatles in 1970 and declined it. When Most met up with McCartney he later described him as “looking a bit like Jim Morrison after a bender”.