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A complete edition of the first movie review program featuring the Chicago Tribune’s Gene Siskel and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert.
NOTE: Downloaded from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
COMMENT: Review section is annexed with notes on the theatres it played in here in Tucson.
Introduction, featuring clip from WISE BLOOD
a. SOMETHING SHORT OF PARADISE, an American International release at the Cineworld 4. Gene gives it a “NO” vote, finding it an overtly cutsey ripoff of ANNIE HALL. Roger also gives it a “NO” vote, and felt that the couple in the film (Susan Sarandon and David Steinberg) kept their distance too often.
b. John Huston’s WISE BLOOD, a New Line release which debuted in Tucson on January 16, 1981 at the New Loft. Roger finds it more interesting than the previous film, but not too successful, thinking that its characters “seem to belong somewhere in that fantasy stereotype of the South”; he gives it a “NO” vote. Gene finds the image of Southerners conjured up in the film “patronizing”, also giving it a “NO” vote.
c. IN SEARCH OF HISTORIC JESUS, a Sunn Classic release which debuted in Tucson on February 8, 1980 at the Cineworld 4, El Con, Oracle View and DeAnza Drive-In. Gene and Roger give it two very, VERY strong “NO” votes, soundly denouncing this pseudo-documentary, and particularly objecting to its “offensive retelling of a great story”. Since the critics could not show any scene from the film on TV, they instead take the time to call out the deceptive business practices of Sunn Classic.
d. WOYZECK, a New Yorker release which never played in a movie theater in Tucson. This Werner Herzog film gets two strong “YES” votes from both critics.
Gene and Roger read letters sent in by viewers
Recap of reviews
Preview of next week’s show
Funding credit: “Public Television Stations”