March/April 1989

Patrick Duncan’s 84 Charlie Mopic, the Film Society of Lincoln Center honors Bette Davis, special midsection on film’s aesthetic influence on other art forms, Oscar forecast, Tom Hanks interviewed, John Hurt interviewed, Roland Gift profiled, Richard Roud remembered

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DUNCAN’S DOUGHBOYS
By Karen Jaehne
In the never ending saga of the war that wouldn’t die, Vietnam vet turned filmmaker Patrick Duncan loads the viewer into his backpack in 84 Charlie Mopic. A stunning victory, reports Karen Jaehne, who also records a peace parley in Hawaii where U.S. and Vietnamese directors traded war stories

“WHAT A DUMP”
By Richard Schickel
It is with the profoundest admiration that the Film Society of Lincoln Center honors a lady of lightning, Bette Davis, and sincerely hopes she does not pronounce the above judgment upon our house

MIDSECTION: BORROWED IMAGES
The film record is permanent, the membrane is permeable. For seven decades hair-dos and baby names have slid through the screen. Our habits and needs have been absorbed and reflected back. But the film aesthetic, the way of seeing and moving, has radiated out into the arts
Senior editor Marlaine Glicksman charts the outward ripples into architecture, as observed by Leon van Schaik
Music, by Armond White
Multi-media art, explained by artist Robert Longo
Dance, by Bob Morris
Photography, by Rick Woodward

OSCAR DE LA YENTAS
We poll our savvy jury, 12 blind mice and two alternates, to handicap the Academy Awards. Their guess is as good as yours. How ’bout the best foreign film? Howard A. Rodman explains why the one you did see isn’t nominated

HOT HANKS
Tom Hanks interviewed by Beverly Walker
So Big. That’s Tom Hanks, angry young wiseapple. Beverly Walker goes to his comedy store and takes inventory

RIFF OF SCANDAL
Can’t recognize the players in Scandal, the new film about the granddaddy of modern-day sexploits, the 1963 Profumo Affair, without our team giving you their numbers
Graham Fuller on the deep threat
Gavin Smith grills John Hurt
Marlaine Glicksman unwraps Roland Gift

14TH ANNUAL GROSSES GLOSS
By Anne Thompson
New meaning for the Indie 500: the number of little companies that crashed and burned last year

BOOKS: GOLDWYN
By Andrew Sarris
Grappling with Sam Goldwyn, rethought in two new bios

ORBITS: RICHARD ROUD
By Richard Corliss
The first director of the New York Film Festival, remembered

JOURNALS
Ace cartoonist Chuck Jones thinks back to when he was six (1918), remembers his finicky neighbor, Charlie Chaplin, and draws his own conclusions
Marsha McCreadie returns from Arizona to the Slaves of New York

LETTERS
Roger Ebert and Armond White thumb wrestle