In this riotous paean to the chaotic early days of live television, directed by actor Richard Benjamin, Peter O’Toole gives a flamboyant Oscar nominated performance as a booze-loving, womanizing Hollywood movie star, cut down to size by the small screen. An outstanding supporting cast rounds out this comedy classic.
Bolstered by a standout ensemble that delivers loads of laughs, this witty love letter to the golden age of radio draws on childhood memories, and a wall-to-wall jazz soundtrack and period tunes, to evoke a nostalgic slice of 1940s Jewish-American life in the New York boroughs, with the filmmaker reminiscing in his winsome voiceover.
Returning to his Jewish Buenos Aires neighborhood after years away, a listless middle-aged everyman seeks to reconnect with his roots and larger than-life but distant father, in this genial charmer rich in character and observation, from Argentine auteur Daniel Burman.
Jack Benny and Carole Lombard are married thespians caught in a WWII escapade in Ernst Lubitsch’s screwball anti-Nazi masterpiece that opened just after America went to war, perhaps the most daring film of its day, criticized for juxtaposing comedy against Hitler’s invasion of Poland, but today considered a satirical classic.