One from the Heart (1981)
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I couldn't stand this movie.. I get the sets and the music, the feeling of the piece is what's important; Coppola made sure of that. But what a hard wreck of a movie to sit through.
I'd never heard of this movie until I stumbled across it this pass week on a sleepless night. I got sucked into it but didn't know it was a Coppola movie or even a genuine 1980s movie before it ended. For some not quite identifiable reason I kept believing against all appearance that it was a recent movie set in the eighties and couldn't for my life understand how Nastassja Kinski could still look so young...
The movie itself is entertaining if a bit shallow. Completely predictable rom-com narrative and I was a little disappointed that main characters Frannie and Hank expectedly got back together in the end without anything having changed in their dynamics.
But you get the feeling that realism, or even the characters, are not what matters in this movie. It is all about the gorgeous sets, the over-the-top atmosphere, the dreamy lighting, the fun music and dance numbers... It is a pretty spectacle without much substance in it, well worth a watch but nothing I will remember for very long.
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This movie ranks #64 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
This movie ranks #911 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000