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'OF Blue Eyes' to tell Mo life ctoxy
Ha EEtr New Report Sin atra, whose career stretches
LOS ANGELES Frank Sin a- over more than 60 years and
tra said Thursday he would tell includes more than 50 films as
his life story in a six-hour, multi- well as countless hit records and
million dollar television series concerts, told reporters "I intend
"warts and alL" to put down what happened in
His younger daughter, Tina my life, or maybe most of it."
Sinatra, who will produce the ser- He said he might make a per
ies, said, "I don t think dad is Sonal appearance in the tail-end
interested in a whitewash. I want of the series,
his guts, his heart and his souL I "How can you play yourself from
hope this will be the definitive the age of five when you're 49
story." years old," he said amid laughter.
Eic&srd Gere chrta with Gslien GSrl Dks Lane.
H&ia ceur&ey of brttin
Gangsters, lovers dance
through 'Cotton Club'
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type "mobster's dame" to Remar's
This film reeks of Fr&ncb Ford
Coppola. His influence is present
That's American film," said one in the beautiful cinematography,
irwr of "Cotton Club" on the in the use of natural whtin0 in
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Way out of the theater. "It's "Flash- the terse scripting and in the sur
tlance' and Godfather. " rea!nes3 of this flm.
f So it is. While a lower-class man At first, The Cotton Club"
liances his way out of Harlem and seemed only a glossy gangster
Into love, a bevy of mobsters blast genre remake - but as the twin
bach others brains out. And plots developed it became evi
liichard Gere plays, once again, dent Coppola was trying to breach
Richard Gere, dazzling the dames tradition. The plot's multiple lev
while he blows his own horn. els made us wonder when the
I Based on a pictorial history of story line would take off what
.the Cotton Club, the film ortensi- were we waiting for? The movie
jjbly tells the tale of the Club in its shifts gears, so to speak, at the
ft .inn o l x Jii . 1 1 a.1 1 t
i5-ouneyui4y ana ine people in cnu uiu me purpose ana pian
and around it its exclusively become clear. Perhaps if Coppola
black performers and exclusively had integrated the surreal ele-
white patrons and their guns and ment of the film sooner, it would
puppets. Such a point of view is have seemed more cohesive,
artificial, however, and only pos- "The Cotton Club" is worth see-
sible in retrospection. ing. It may be hard to tell if it's a
While watching the film, one love story, a mobster bash or a
can discern no central, tangible social commentary, but whatever
focus; though about half the it is, it sure is pretty.
scenes take place in the Cotton
Club and the film ends there, the
club functions only as a set It has
no life of its own and the story is
not about it. The film is about
fiVera Cicero and the mobster she
works for, Dutch Schultz.
!'j It's about the tap dancing
Sandman Williams and his sing
ling flower, Lila Rose Oliver. And
fRichard Gere, trumpet player
turned actor. And violence the
pother bond besides the Cotton
sCiub which all these people share.
Even love is brutal at the Cot
ton Club. Vera Cicero is alter
nately beaten and bossed around
y Gere and James Remar. who
?lays the "Dutchman" with
raunchy relish. Diane Lane plays
Cicero with the same joyful
.abandon. She's the perfect arch-
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