For better or worse, David Mamet's hit play Sexual Perversity in Chicago is watered down into this romantic comedy about a couple (played by Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) who get together and then fall apart due to Lowe's character's inability to commit. Jim Belushi is on hand as the gratuitously swinish best friend who looks at women as meat, and Elizabeth Perkins is entertainingly arch as Moore's gal pal and Belushi's nemesis. There is nothing about this 1986 film by Edward Zwick (co-creator of TV's thirtysomething and director of Glory and Courage Under Fire) that is at all reminiscent of Mamet, but that doesn't make it bad or dull. While one can feel the script straining to fill in gaps where chunks of the original play have disappeared, Zwick often successfully tells the story without words at all, relying on the actors to convey pure emotion. Lowe is good, and the then-willowy Moore's understated performance reminds one of the actress she might have been before she became a spectacle. --Tom Keogh
Following the disappearance of Inspector Clouseau Surete call on the world's second-best detective to bring him back. However Clouseau's nemesis the evil Chief Inspector Dreyfus interferes with the computer which assigns the world's worst detective to the case Detective-Sergeant Clifton Sleigh! Hilarity ensues as the bumbling Sleigh stumbles from disaster to disaster!
Set in France and Spain in the second half of the sixteenth century Don Carlo tells the story of the political and amorous rivalry between Philip II of Spain and his son Don Carlo. Luchino Visconti's magnificent and definitive Royal Opera production of Verdi's Don Carlo was first seen in 1958 and is seen here in a staging by Christopher Renshaw filmed in 1985. The Visconti sets recreate the forest of Fontainebleau the monastery of San Yuste and Don Carlo's dark underground prison with equal effectiveness. The superb cast is led by Ileana Cotrubas as a tender and touching Elisabetta the fine lyric tenor Luis Lima in the title role and the great baritone Giorgio Zancanaro as Rodrigo. The conductor is Bernard Haitink.
Director John G. Avildsen's Save The Tiger is a complex character study of businessman Harry Stoner (Jack Lemmon bagging his second Oscar) the CEO of a once-successful clothing company in 1970s Los Angeles. He and his business partner Phil Greene (the great Jack Gilford) have seen better days - their company is failing and on the eve of an important fashion show they must make a decision about its future. Harry believes that the only way out of their financial cri
Opera in two acts from the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1978. Sung in German.
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