Pennies from Heaven*

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Pennies from Heaven*

  • 1981 ----- color ----- 108 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Herbert Ross, screenplay by Dennis Potter based on his British television series; with Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, Jessica Harper, Vernel Bagneris, John McMartin, Tommy Rall) A dazzling, schizophrenic combination of 30s Depression realism and Busby Berkeley musical fantasy. As the "reality" of life spirals ever downward, the "fantasy" of the escapist musical numbers increases geometrically until we all wish that the two worlds could be reversed. While the reality seems stilted, the musical numbers, not parodies but honest homages, appear to be ever more liberating. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Dance, Drama, Motion Pictures: Features, Music)