By Michael Sauter
Updated September 29, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Joe Gould's Secret

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  • Movie

If Oscars were truly given to the best performances, there’d already be a nomination in the bag for Joe Gould’s Secret‘s Holm, who rages, rambles, broods, and waxes poetic in the title role of this overlooked indie jewel. A real-life homeless bohemian — who claims to have known Ezra Pound, learned the language of seagulls, and written a million-word ”oral history” of the world — Gould is mere local color in 1940s Greenwich Village until he meets New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell (Tucci, who also directed), who makes him the talk of the town. What starts as a mutually exploitative companionship grows increasingly complex, as Gould outlives his usefulness — but refuses to fade away. Subtly plumbing the deeper ties that unite this writer and his subject, Tucci’s film is a moving rumination on real and invented lives. A-

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Joe Gould's Secret

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  • Movie
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  • R
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  • 110 minutes
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