Saturday, 19 November 2016

Film Review, February 1979 Issue

Come back with me now to the final year of the Seventies, decade of disco, punk and flares. It's time to get to the cinema, unfortunately just as the lights go down so we have to shuffle along a row in the dark, tripping over feet and handbags and [CRUNCH!] whoops, was that your umbrella...?

February 1979's issue of Film Review magazine is described on the cover as "a really super issue". It has Superman, supersonic spoofers, supernatural shocks, superstar Clint Eastwood and a sachet of Super Soft shampoo... er... Fran have you seen a sachet of shampoo? It seems to have become detached and lost...

On the inside front cover are a few photos of a reader who has won a Ford Mustang car in a competition. That will look good parked near the high-rise flats - well, for a good five minutes until the locals get jealous... Sadly there are no adverts at all in this issue that we have not already seen in previous articles, but the good news is that the Contents page features the gorgeous Jenny Agutter and this is just a preview for a three-page article with more pics further inside the magazine!

Christopher Reeve stars in the forthcoming Superman - The Movie and is interviewed over three pages by Dave Badger. Dave then goes on to dominate another three pages with an interview of Superman producer Ilya Salkind.

The Superman film was shot back-to-back with what would later be released as Superman II and already the article confirms there will be a Superman III. It also speculates about a Supergirl film (later to be realised with Helen Slater in the role) and (thankfully never to be seen) Krypto the Superdog...

I just do not remember ever there having been a film called A Wedding, but here it gets a two-page article. Desi Arnaz Jr and Amy Stryker play the main participants and Geraldine Chaplin, Lauren Hutton, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish and Nina Van Pallandt (but not Frederick her one-time singing partner) all have supporting roles in both film and wedding. It was a comedy apparently, the article doesn't actually make it all that clear, but I suspect it couldn't have been all that hilarious as it managed to miss my conciousness both then and now...

A short piece in Barbra Paskin's gossip column, Hollywood, tells us that Hollywood stars are going mad for a new pure silk jogging outfit, that unfortunately has a knack of disintegrating after cleaning a couple of times. Cher is amongst those who have bought one, but the photo's caption helpfully points out that she is not shown dressed for jogging...

Two pages are devoted to the new Clint Eastwood film, Every Which Way But Loose in which he stars with Clyde the orang-utan.

Whilst Clyde may be an agreeable mate, he's no substitute for a girlfriend and Philo, as Clint's character is called, woos the elusive but lovely country singer Lynn Halsey-Taylor (Sondra Locke).

A nice behind-the-scenes photo of the cast of the 1979 remake of The Lady Vanishes. I recently watched the original Hitchcock version starring Margaret Lockwood and I confess I love both versions. Cybill Shepherd is both decorous and feisty in the starring role and Arthur Lowe and Ian Carmichael enjoy themselves immensely as the cricket-loving English pair, appalled that a "mad American girl" should cause them to be delayed when they need to get back to England to watch a test match.

There's a generous helping of late seventies glamorous film stars in this issue and here is Goldie Hawn in a scene from her new film Foul Play. The film teams her with Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore and Burgess Meredith as they battle or hinder each other to prevent the assassination of the Pope at an opera performance.

More glamour on the centre pages with Anika Pavel and June Chadwick (below) both of whom appear in spy spoof The Golden Lady.

Regular columnist Barbra Paskin takes us on a visit to the Hollywood home of Jenny Agutter who, luckily for us, manages to get in the way as Barbra is taking photos of the house...

The Railway Children was her ninth film and came after acting additionally in four TV series (including a BBC 7-part series also based on The Railway Children). She has 111 entries on the Internet Movie Database and appeared on TV most recently in Call The Midwife and in cinemas in Tin after appearing in both Captain America - The Winter Soldier and the 2012 Avengers film as a member of the World Security Council.

Bringing my collection of glamour shots to an end for this issue is Farrah Fawcett-Majors in her first film Somebody Killed Her Husband. Like A Wedding, this is another comedy that I've never come across...

Will the March issue of Film Review re-balance the sexes with a collection of hunks (I wouldn't bet on it...) Will it provide any new 1970s-style adverts for groovy ointments to zap pimples? Should I spin-off into a separate series all about glamorous actresses of the past? I'm sure there's already a glut of those elsewhere, but you never know...

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