Friday, July 17, 2009

Next Stop, Greenwich Village

I can't believe I'd never seen or even heard of this charming movie before. A young actor from a traditional family tries to make it in bohemian New York. Made in the seventies, but set in the fifties, It was tremendous fun, and has both a young Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken in it, both cast into roles perfect for them. Oh! And Shelley Winters, too! The star was Lenny Baker, who was excellent, and I wondered why he didn't go on to do more things... sadly, he died of cancer not too long after the film, which makes the film's message all the more poignant, I guess. There's not even a photo of him on IMDb :(

Written and directed by Paul Mazursky, one of the hardest working people in show business.

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