Friday, 15 April 2016

Film Review, June 1978 Issue

Time once again to wallow in nostalgia, or squirm at what we once thought was brilliant, depending on your attitude to nostalgia! Today we look at Film Review magazine from June 1978.

The front cover promises a look at the new film with double-hunkability from Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson. Who am I to deny you another look at them later on?

On the inside front cover is an advert for Southern Comfort but we have seen it before in this series, so if you want to view it, click the tag for Film Review at the end of the article and scroll on down! Instead for your perusal and delight, a photo of Jane Fonda which appears on the Contents page and comes from the film Coming Home.

But don't worry. I'm not going to deny you every chance to think about alcoholic spirits as here's a double-page spread of Harry the bartender, setting up the Bacardi and Coke ready for the evening rush. Don't mind if I do, Harry, thanks!

You can't keep a good Charlton Heston down and he pops up here as the heroic captain in a tale of a sunken nuclear submarine: Gray Lady Down. I've not seen this film so can only describe what appears to be happening here... The brave bearded Captain Blanchard (Heston) appears at the bathroom mirror in response to "Mirror, Mirror, on the wall - who's the beefiest sailor of all?" If he appears to be snarling, it's because he has just found two sailors breaking Navy rules by having a shower with their kit still on. Sometimes it's hard to work out what's going on in these stills, but I found this one quite easy...

It's Cannes Film Festival time so a quick look at two films appearing in 1978. The first is a British entry The Shout with Alan Bates and Susannah York. In it a man finds he is able to control other people by the power of his voice. Not one I've seen, I'm afraid.

Alan Bates pops up again, this time with a more impressive collection of facial hair playing opposite the rather scrummy Jill Clayburgh in the American entry An Unmarried Woman. Also being exhibited at Cannes in 1978 are the British punk movie Jubilee; the gritty foreign jail drama Midnight Express; sex romp The Stud; and we are told that movie history will be made with The Great Brain as it is financed entirely by one family as a vehicle for their youngest and shrillest: Little (though not as much by 1978) Jimmy Osmond. Hands up if you remember it?

Personally I've always felt my T-Zone to be the least of my problem areas, but for those who squeal in embarrassment every time someone rips the paper bag off their head, a solution is at hand in pHiso-Clear. The world breathes again... Sounds more like a drain un-blocker really... Fizzo-Clear...

Time for another touch of glamour. So here's Shirley MacLaine in The Turning Point a tale of two ageing ballerinas who meet again after a long time. One (MacLaine) has given up her career to raise a family and her daughter is now making a bid for pointy-toed stardom. The other, played by Anne Bancroft, has remained single but now realises the end of her dancing career is looming. Meanwhile our Shirl's daughter gets to dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov, a real-life Russian ballet star "...of immense talent." Someone pointed out a dancer's immense talent to me once and was indignant when I suggested it was just a safe place to keep his spare socks...

Meanwhile at Film Review everything's coming up Rosie! Whether Rosie was real or not, I used to write to her once a year and in response she would send my favourite magazine of the time through the post. I also subscribed to Film Review...

Another two films I haven't seen, but hey, look! None other than William Shatner stars in Kingdom of the Spiders. It's life, Jim...

And we finish here this time. I've been throwing pix of beautiful women at you and I did promise to give you another look at Messrs Reynolds and Kristofferson at the beginning of this piece. They had the centre spread between them.

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