The Long Walk Home

Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg play a well-to-do southern lady and her servant in Montgomery, Alabama, during the bus boycott that launched the civil rights movement in the mid-50s; Richard Pearce directed from a script by John Cork. Thanks to good dialogue and meticulous research involving the place and period, this is a much more creditable and authentic job than either Mississippi Burning or Driving Miss Daisy, and the self-congratulatory tone of the aforementioned films is kept to a relative minimum–although one regrets the degree to which the focus gradually shifts from Goldberg’s character to Spacek’s, a well meaning white liberal. The only flaw in the otherwise fine casting and handling of southern accents is in Pearce’s direction of some of the black actors, including the otherwise effective Goldberg, who curiously are made to seem less southern than the white folks. With Dwight Schultz, Ving Rhames, Dylan Alexander, Dylan Baker (who’s especially good), Erika Alexander, and narration by Mary Steenbergen. (Esquire, Wilmette)

Published on 22 Mar 1991 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound

One of the most underrated films of 1990, representing Corman’s directorial comeback after 19 years, adapts Brian Aldiss’s intellectually ambitious novel about a 21st-century scientist (John Hurt) who finds himself in Geneva in 1816, where he meets Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda) and her famous fictional creations, Frankenstein and his monster. Far from a total success (and apparently hampered by some studio recutting), this metaphysical reflection on technology with SF and monster-movie trimmings is packed with wit, originality, and eccentricity. If you missed it the first time around–which wasn’t hard to do, given its perfunctory promotion and distribution–you should definitely catch it. With Raul Julia and Michael Hutchence. (Music Box, Monday, March 25)

Published on 22 Mar 1991 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Digging Up Nazis: A Comedy [THE NASTY GIRL]

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Published on 15 Mar 1991 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Menopause and Racism [PRIVILEGE]

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Published on 08 Mar 1991 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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