Truffaut Lite [THE LITTLE THIEF]

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Published on 06 Oct 1989 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Vernon, Florida

Errol Morris’s second film (1981), made after Gates of Heaven and before The Thin Blue Line, is a 55-minute documentary about the eccentric residents of a small town. Not as interesting as Morris’s other films, although it has its moments. (JR)

Published on 01 Oct 1989 in Featured Texts, by admin

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On Tour With Pina Bausch

Perhaps the most conventional work of the gifted Belgian experimental filmmaker Chantal Akerman, this documentary about the 1983 tour of Italy and France by German choreographer Pina Bausch is still personal and interesting. (JR)

Published on 01 Oct 1989 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Limit Up

Nancy Allen plays a runner at the Chicago Board of Trade who seemingly sells her soul in order to become a successful soybean trader; Dean Stockwell is her evil and greedy employer who later becomes her rival. Writer-director Richard Martini tries to dress this premise up in cutesy behavior and some pithy moral adages about the state of the world, but delivers it in such a listless, uninvolving manner that it’s hard to be carried along by the movie’s honorable intentions. Brad Hall is rather likable as the romantic lead, and Danitra Vance and Ray Charles are around to deliver most of the moral lessons; Sally Kellerman does a bit as a nightclub singer. (JR)

Published on 01 Oct 1989 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Keeper Of The Flame

The flame that Katharine Hepburn keeps is for the memory of her late husband, a millionaire industrialist-politician whom reporter Spencer Tracy is trying to debunk. In spite of the creative teamHepburn, Tracy, and director George Cukorthis curiously flat 1943 melodrama redeems itself only from moment to moment. 100 min. (JR)

Published on 01 Oct 1989 in Featured Texts, by admin

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