Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Star 80 (1983)

4 / 5 Mar '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Written by: Teresa Carpenter, Bob Fosse
Actors include: Eric Roberts, Mariel Hemingway, Cliff Robertson
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Length: 103 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

This actually felt very '70s although shot in '83 and it felt like P.T. Anderson may have watched this for inspiration for parts of "Boogie Nights" but maybe I'm wrong. It's actually an engrossing picture about the beautiful Dorothy Stratton (who could have been played by someone perhaps a little more erm model like) and her rise to fame in the Playboy industry, then her tragic death. We meet her slimey boyfriend (played intensely to a tee by Roberts) who uses Dorothy to get things he wants and is shocked to find out that he isn't as sought after as Dorothy. When she moves to progress in her career and starts to leave him behind he starts to go psychotic and well things get deadly. Very well made and it seems like a realistic portrayal of the situation although I knew nothing much going into watching this. Much better than I expected!

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