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The Picture Show Man (1977)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  February 1979 (USA)
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At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is ... See full summary »

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Freddie Graves
Harold Hopkins ...
Larry Pym
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Fitzwilliam
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Madame Cavalli (as Yelena Zignon)
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Sally Conabere ...
Lucy Lockhart
Jeanie Drynan ...
Mrs. Duncan
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Delore Whiteman ...
Mrs. Summers (as Dolore Whiteman)
Gerry Duggan ...
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Tony Barry ...
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Ernie Bourne ...
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At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is stay at one place and open up a cinema. Written by Volker Boehm

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Three of the four films shown by Pym are not specifically identified. The first seems to be The Grand Duchess and the Waiter (1926) starring Adolphe Menjou and Florence Vidor. The other two are impossible to identify from the short clips shown. One seems to be something like a Tom Mix western. The last contains no recognisable stars and seems to be set in India. No film details nor copyright acknowledgements are included in the credits, except for the one identified film, On Our Selection (1920). See more »

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Larry Pym: [to Lucy] I think you're the prettiest girl I've ever seen in my entire life.
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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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Tap Tap On My Window
Performed by John Meillon
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Silence is golden
26 December 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Whimsical and slightly bittersweet tale of competing projectionists (Meillon and Taylor), who traverse the Australian outback, bringing the joy of motion pictures to packed theatres in the 1920's. Their rivalry serves as the backdrop to the surprisingly cut-throat art of picture shows, from the pitfalls of double-acts and faulty equipment, to the looming spectre of talking pictures ("that'll just be a fad" announces Meillon, somewhat cautiously as he rallies his companions for another relentless tour of duty).

It's a peerless homage to the business and its characters, with sympathetic performances from all concerned, Meillon especially well considered in his role of the travelling man, compelled to labour under the extremes for a pittance, resisting the trappings and exploitation in order to preserve the traditions that his business-savvy rival Taylor dismisses as anachronisms, barriers to amassing his fortune.

Great supporting cast includes familiar faces John Ewart as the wily, womanising pianist to Meillon's travelling roadshow, Garry McDonald as Taylor's opportunistic piano-man, Judy Morris, Harold Hopkins and a tremendous sub-plot featuring conniving showman Patrick Cargill and his sultry clairvoyant Jelena Zigon.

The cinematography is pure indulgence of the Australina landscape, its rich colours and textures, wrapping a beautifully crafted tale, a modest, understated and poignant reminder of the way we once were.


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