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Veteran director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Cold Comfort Farm) puts his good gray professionalism to work in this tale of voodoo and the occult in modern Manhattan (1987). Schlesinger's stolid virtues have been out of fashion for so long (at least since the early 70s) that maybe it's time to give them another look. His BBC documentarist's attraction to sober exposition and anonymous TV style tabs him as a button-down realist (so what's he doing with this supernatural swill?), more comfortable with actors than visceral action, yet his fusty visuals always interconnect, and in an age of wild structural disintegration it's nice to have someone around who still believes in prosaic carpentry. And watch the symmetrical games he plays with characters and objects, and how he carefully (some might say fussily) interweaves his cast, uses physical difference for dramatic and visual counterpoint (no danger of iconic confusion here) . . . yeah, yeah, so that's what I'm telling myself, trying to make a lawyer's case and just about succeeding—and Schlesinger throws it all away in a hell-bent-for-cliche last half hour that denies every ounce of thoughtfulness that's gone before. So much for professionalism without commitment . . . and to think I almost forgot. With Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver, Robert Loggia, Richard Masur, and Harris Yulin; the cinematography is by Wim Wenders's Robby Muller.


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