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September-October 1981

Midsection on MGM, George Cukor, Jacqueline Bisset, Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat, Cannes 1981, film scores, Scott Spencer's guilty pleasures, Fassbinder's Jail Bait, Martha, I Only Want You to Love Me, Satan’s Brew, and Women in New York, Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet

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THE PRIDE OF MGM
MGM is the once and future king of the movie jungle. After a decade in exile, the toniest studio in Old Hollywood is alive and clicking. Bernard Drew visits the new MGM and the people making it hum: Billy Wilder and Robert Aldrich, Ken Adam and John Badham, and studio boss David Begelman. Seth Cagin reports on MGM’s ambitious acquisition Joseph McBride and Todd McCarthy talk about MGM’s Rich and Famous with its director, grand old George Cukor, and its superb star, Jacqueline Bisset.

REISZ’S ‘WOMAN’
For years, filmmakers tried to turn John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, into a movie; now Harold Pinter and Karel Reisz have. Harlan Kennedy analyzes the film, talks with Reisz about the adaptation, and re-views the director’s earlier films.

KASDAN’S ‘HEAT’
Body Heat is both a humid homage to film noir and a debut film from a director with a future. David Chute finds an assured narrative presence behind all that steamy sex, and Dan Yakir gets the goods from Lawrence Kasdan, raider of the noir empire.

JOURNALS
Ann Beattie has fun at summer camp in Utah. Richard Corliss at the Cannes film festival. Gilbert Adair talks with two English filmmakers. Tom Allen finds a Disney World in Manhattan.

MOVIE MUSIC
From the glory days of Steiner and Herrmann to today’s schlock and Dolby. By Lawrence O’Toole.

SCOTT SPENCER’S GUILTY PLEASURES
Novelist Scott Spencer, who wrote Endless Love, knows from obsession. Here are eight from his movie youth.

FASSBINDER x 5
Jail Bait, Martha, I Only Want You to Love Me, Satan’s Brew, Women in New York—reappraised by George Morris.

INDUSTRY
Hard-core cleans up its act for women and the home box. By David Chute.

INDEPENDENTS
With Congress stanching the flow of grants, independent film is in trouble. Amos Vogel declares it’s time to fight; Bruce Conner tells Mitch Tuchman it’s time to bid a farewell to alms.

BOOKS
Vito Russo brings movie gays out of The Celluloid Closet. By David Chute.

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