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November-December 1984

Black Hollywood films and Purple Rain, Norman Jewison's A Soldier's Story, midsection on sex and censorship, Hollywood studio bosses, Gene Kelly interview, Andrzej Wajda interview, Arthur C. Clarke interview, New York Film Festival, Richard Burton obituary

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Black & White in Color
With blacks buying 20 percent of movie tickets sold in the U.S., how is it that there are so few black films, and fewer still that speak to the varieties of black experience? Armond White surveys the sorry history of Hollywood’s black films and finds hope in Prince’s Purple Rain. Carol Cooper has thoughts on the latest “serious” black movie, A Soldier’s Story, now a modest hit.

Midsection: Sex & Censorship
Stoked by feminists and fundamentalists, the battle rages on against images of sexual violence in films. In our last issue we published excerpts from the script for Body Double and an interview with director Brian De Palma. Now a dozen experts in film, politics, and the law debate the issue.

David Denby, New York magazine film critic
Alan M. Dershowitz, Harvard Law School professor
Edward Donnerstein & Daniel Linz, University of Wisconsin
Al Goldstein, Screw magazine editor & publisher
Dorchen Leidholdt of Women Against Pornography
Neil M. Malamuth & Jan Lindstrom, U.C.L.A.
Janella Miller of the Pornography Resource Center
Marica Pally, writer and essayist
Thomas Radecki, M. D., chairperson, NCTV
Margo St. James, founder, COYOTE
Lois P. Sheinfeld, atorney and New York University professor
Ann Snitnow, Feminist Anti-Censorship Taskforce

Hollywood Chairs
Call it Executive Sweep, or Mogular Chairs, or a Diller a Dollar: The hit-and-run game played by Hollywood’s studio bosses has never been so frenetic, or so closely monitored. Gregg Kilday has charted the movement of these New Tycoons at Paramount, 20th Century and Disney, and speculates on the effects the shuffle bodes for the costs and the future of movies.

Always Gonna Dance
Hollywood never sounded a more seductive siren call than Got-ta dance! Marcia Pally has the goods on three generations of dance movies and a new compilation called That’s Dancing! Ya-got-ta read! And in an interview with Ron Haver, Gene Kelly reflects on his 40 years as the all-American hoofer.

No local heroes in Scotland this year; Barbara Scharres went to Edinburgh and found the Japanese had landed. Mitch Tuchman and Charlie McDougal take us on a Disney jungle cruise in search of a baby dinosaur.

Andrzej Wajda
This film poet of Solidarity makes news the way other people make movies. The indomitable Pole talks with Dan Yakir about a turbulent career and his A Love in Germany.

Arthur C. Clarke
Before him, 2001 was just the first year on next century’s calendar. Will 2010 have the same metamovie impact? Joanna Lipari chats with the wizard writer via computer.

New York Film Festival
A Sunday in the Country is either a masterpiece or a • Three Crowns of the Sailor is either stultifying or “the goods.” Our dueling critics, Elliott Stein and Stephen Harvey, are back to sharpen their sabers on these films and a score of other New York Film Festival entries.

Orbits: Burton & Clampett
Daphne Merkin muses on the sad life of Richard Burton, a great actor who fell too easily into movie stardom. Kenneth C. Spence pays tribute to Bob Clampett, who brought Porky, Bugs, Beany, and Cecil to giddy life.

Books: Sartre & Huston
An intellectual giant wrote a movie script about Freud for a rogue auteur. Richmond Crinkley charts the tussle.

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