Brudnoy's Film Index

Brudnoy, David

David Brudnoy Brudnoy's Film Index Face to Face: Ingmar Bergman scores once more, bringing the invariably incomparable Liv Ullmann on to enact a nervous breakdown of majestic conviction. With...

...Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn, supported neatly by Robert Shaw as the sheriff, Richard Harris as King Richard, Nicol Williamson as John, and Denholm Elliott as Will, beautifully create the mythic figures in an old age the legend never allowed for...
...Androgynous English rock stars turn you on...
...You've found your thrill...
...An Academy Award winning documentary about a Japanese skier and his 800 friends and servants and lackeys and cameramen, this trudges along the path of grandiose philosophizing but culminates in some gorgeous photography and a brief scene (the title activity) so breathtaking that you get to see it twice...
...The Man Who Fell to Earth: Sci-fi your bag...
...Comedy has been added to music for this go-around, and it is entertainment with flair, with charm, with ease...
...He sinks after valiantly struggling to comprehend the horrors of the polite and artificial world around him...
...Dead-end plots give you goose bumps...
...Robin and Marian: They've aged, she's entered a nunnery, and he's tired of crusading for addled old Richard Lion-heart...
...N The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser: A little-remarked but quite worthy film examination c:f the true story of one of history's iinest footnotes: a young man in eighteen century Bavaria, chained up in a dungeon all his youthful days, sud(continued on page 39) 34 The Alternative An American Spectator August/September 1976 BRUDNOY' S INDEX (continued from page 34) denly thrust out among society to sink or swim...
...Otherwise, chalk up this Nicholas Roeg throw-away, starring David Bowie, who can sing but doesn't here, as a near total loss...
...For cinema history buffs, yes, but mainly it is a fine movie for those who wonder why they're going to movies more (or less) but definitely enjoying today's movies much, much less then theyŚweŚwould like...
...Layer upon layer of philosophic claptrap satisfy you in lieu of plot development and nearly edited mov David Brudnoy hosts a talk show on a Boston television station...
...So, twenty years after they first romped in Sherwood Forest, Robin and Little John return home, scoop up Marian, and again engage that dreadful old sheriff in feats of derring-do...
...Because it's there, that's why...
...EThe Missouri Breaks: Marlon Brando has rarefy foisted himself on movie audiences with such utter disdain for them-- for usŚas here, in a tole to which, it is mored, he brought a firm determination to undercut his director at every turn, and out of which, it is quite evident, he has made nothing but camp...
...The Man Who Skied Down Everest: Why did he do it...
...With Erland Josephson, her co-star in Berg-man's Scenes from a Marriage, Ullmann takes this latter-day terror story and carries it to the rarefied atmosphere of outstanding cinema art...
...Jack Nicholson, however, as the horse thief pursued by Brando the insane "lawman," turns in yet another fine performance...
...The movie rises every so often to a finely wrought scene, but Brando's caricature corrodes every second he's in view...
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...He sinks...
...That's Entertainment, Part 2: Nostalgia in a mega-dose: the second MGM installment in what could become a yearly offering of oldies and goodies...

Vol. 9 • August 1976 • No. 10


 
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