Sunday, 26 February 2017

Film Review, March 1979 Issue

It's a while since we had a virtual visit to the cinema so follow me now into the dark...

For those of you with long memories, I've been delving into my collection of Film Review magazines ranging from 1977 to 1980. We are now reaching March 1979. The Deer Hunter is the big feature film on the front cover and we'll take a further look at that and the film version of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as we leaf through the magazine.

There's a trip to the jewellers on the inside front cover, for those who like to use their local cinema as a place to get to know someone a little better!

Brooke Shields at the tender age of 13 has made her film debut in a story that has caused the British Board of Film Censors a slight headache...

British heart throb Ian McShane has been in the south of France, filming Sewers of Gold (er... eeeew!) Here a few of the locals are pleased to meet him. The feeling is probably mutual, he doesn't look too unhappy does he?

In most issues of the magazine we are introduced to a new actress hopeful, about to debut in a film. In this case it's the lovely 23-year-old French actress, Catherine Alric who sadly was unable to find any clothes for a photo. We'll just have to make do... The film was called Dear Inspector. No... me neither...

The Deer Hunter was featured on the front cover and gets a colour two-page spread within the magazine. John Savage's character Steve is forced to play Russian Roulette in a Vietnam prison camp, the harrowing experience having permanent consequences.

"Oh, you must be able to see right through me!" flirts Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) as she interviews Christopher Reeve's Superman.

Jose Ferrer takes over from James Mason to play Captain Nemo, riding the sea turtles on his quest to find Dory. ...oh... wait a minute... Meanwhile some artist paints actor Burgess Meredith but manages to come up with a version of Harrison Ford from 40 years in the future!

Farrah Fawcett-Majors, then enjoying her status of the world's favourite glamorous star, collapses of exhaustion in Acapulco whilst filming her new film Sunburn. Or was that collapses with sunburn whist making Exhaustion? Whatever, she'll be ok after an enforced bed rest.

Not to be outdone, Robert Wagner well, not so much collapses, but falls off a garden swing much to the amusement of Natalie Wood. The rest of the interview was done from the safety of an armchair.

The centre spread for this issue contains three photographs from a film treatment of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Starring The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Sandy Farina and with lots of famous faces in both featured roles and cameo appearances drawn from both the world of popular music and film. Where else in a single film could you see Aerosmith, Earth Wind and Fire, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, Paul Nicholas, Tina Turner, Carol Channing, Barry Humphries, Keith Carradine, Donald Pleasance, George Burns and Frankie Howerd?

We saw Brooke Shields earlier in this issue and she is interviewed over two pages by regular columnist Barbra Paskin, covering both the controversial Pretty Baby in which Brooke's character is auctioned off (hence the Censor's dilemma) and a western, Wanda Nevada in which she plays the title role, co-starring with Peter Fonda.

The antichrist makes a return in Damien - Omen II and creates more death and mayhem for people around him. In a battle to the death between a crow and Elizabeth Shepherd's journalist, I fear the bird is not going to be the loser...

The late David Bowie and Kim Novak dance in a scene from Just a Gigolo set in 1920s Berlin.

As we near the back pages of the magazine we are given a round-up of films "Going The Rounds" i.e. currently on release. Amongst them is The First Great Train Robbery an enjoyable caper movie that is still fun to watch today.

No comments:

Post a Comment

All comments must be passed by moderator before appearing on this post.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...