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November-December 1980

Raging Bull and sports films, Hollywood glamour photographers, Jon Davison, Caleb Deschanel, Michael Mann, Cathy Moriarty, Richard Rush's The Stuntman, Akira Kurosawa interview, New York Film Festival, 3-D movies

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A handsome new book (by John Kobal) and exhibition (at The Museum of Modern Art) are bringing to light the achievements of Hollywood’s glamour photographers of the Golden Age. George Hurrell, Clarence Bull, Eugene Robert Richee, Ted Allan, and others made beautiful portraits of beautiful people and, in the process, helped shape a star’s image. Carlos Clarens and designer Elliot Schulman offer a photo essay on these masters of movie glamour.

Nothing really changes: Hollywood still attracts and devours talent as ravenously as ever. Claudia Weill has gone from China to Clayburgh with her new hit It’s My Turn; she talks with Brooks Riley. A folio of hot prospects—Jon Davison, Caleb Deschanel, Michael Mann, and Raging Bull’s Cathy Moriarty—are profiled by Dan Yakir, Doc Johnson, Mike Greco, and Roger Wade, respectively. James Toback is the town's new enfant terrible; David Thomson reveals just how terrible in the story

Only recently, with Rocky, Breaking Away, and Raging Bull, have sports movies become box-office champs, but they have long occupied an honorable place in film history. Andrew Sarris, who is equally at home discussing athletics and aesthetics, looks back at 60 years of sports movies—from Chaplin and Keaton in the ring to Cooper and Stewart’s baseball exploits—and, mostly, he sighs.

Ernest Callen bach reports from Poland, where the striking workers provided most of the excitement. Gilbert Adair previews a new James Ivory film. Gerald Weales spots a culinary cinematic trend. Leonard Maltin hits pay dirt at an Ottawa animation festival.

3-D OR NOT 3-D
They promised “a lion in your lap, a girl in your arms.” Sometimes they delivered more. Michael Kerbel provides a lively history of 3-D movies.

Richard Rush’s adventure movie has earned some splendid reviews, and Richard T. Jameson’s herein is one of them. But Rush had his own stunt to pull off: getting the film released. He tells all to Annette Insdorf.

The great director returns to film and to America, and talks with Dan Yakir.

Elliott Stein on the new films; James McCourt on the retrospectives and the British Film Now series.

Feminist film criticism has emerged from its special-interest ghetto. Molly Haskell ponders the implications as she reviews two women’s anthologies.

TV sports and news are altering our concept of time. By Daniel Menaker.

Amos Vogel goes to a Northwest film festival, and likes what he finds.