January/February 1988

Families on film, Daniel Day Lewis interviewed, special midsection on Robert Redford and Cher, the 1987 Movie Revue, Ed Pressman interviewed, Film Comment at 25, Elie Wiesel on The Wannsee Conference, Walter Bernstein interviewed

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THE GREAT KIN CON
By Marcia Pally
It isn’t the family that’s gone bananas, it’s filmmakers. Peel the latest bunch of family fare films—from Fatal Attraction to La famiglia—and the theme is crushingly clear: anything other than the way Ozzie wuz with Harriet is less than zero. Pally analyzes the films and the trend and argues for a complex cinema, not a reflexive one

BRIT PACK
Daniel Day Lewis interviewed by Harlan Kennedy
London bobbies, the Royals, and stage actors all head the anglophile’s list. Kennedy charts the rise of the new British film generation of character chameleons: Miranda Richardson, Gary Oldman, and Rupert Everett don dayglo colors. But none dares more than Daniel Day Lewis, who chats with our man in London

MIDSECTION: A MAN AND A WOMAN
Redford and Sarkisian (Cher, to us ordinary people) continue to test the possibilities. The Milagro Beanfield War is Redford’s second shot at the helm. David Thomson wonders when and if RR’ll ever explode
Stephen Schaefer corners him on the set
And Cher, who has made a career out of being edgy offscreen, is a moon beam accountant onscreen in Moonstruck. All ears, Harlan Jacobson tenders his Cher

THE 1987 MOVIE REVUE
The Next Wave. That’s what Resident Wiz (read: film critic on the beach) David Chute rides with his pick of ’87’s New Faces
When Chow Yun Fat makes your list, you either know a lot or got some gall. Thence cometh West Coast Sage, Anne Thompson, who forseeth Nominations Oscaria for ’87, and whispereth ’em to His Ineffable Proseship, Richard Corliss, who writ glittering proze, natch
Not before potshooting with Savage Steve Harvey at all the Sillies of ’87

PRESS ON PRESSMAN
Ed Pressman interviewed by Gavin Smith
Ed Pressman comes on like the Mr. Peepers of film production, but with Wall Street he keeps up his extraordinary, risky biz. Gavin Smith profiles the producer

25 YEARS IN THE MAKING
By Richard Corliss
That’s us, Film Comment. Co-editor Richard Corliss recounts his take on a quarter century of having the latest word on film. Hold the presses—we always do!

pensees: wiesel on “wannsee”
By Elie Wiesel
The most infamous business meeting in history, which set in motion Hitler’s Final Solution, is the subject of The Wannsee Conference. Wiesel asks if the walls remember, then what?

JOURNALS
Writer Walter Bernstein lived through the blacklist. From The House on Carroll Street set, Pat Aufderheide reports Walt is an upfront guy
For ten days each summer, new Brit writers come to Oxford and punt, per Marlaine Glicksman
And Armond White turns up Eliot Ness pinching the art mafia in Spain

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