In 1964, six teenagers from New Jersey run off to see The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) in the hope of meeting their idols. However, they don't have tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.
After a Federal faux pas, small-time mobster John Tenuti flees West across the U.S., pursued by bumbling goons from his Jersey outfit plus his rabid ex-wife, a Fed herself (Rose Abdoo). As ... See full summary »
Stories of an Old West gunfighter's last stand, a drag racer whose past comes back to haunt him, and WWI soldier's cowardice are introduced by the foul-mouthed, wheelchair-bound Mr. Rush. All segments were also in "Tales from the Crypt."
For some directors it is really quite interesting to look back and see what they did before they got famous – for example Steve McQueen's art installations are interesting to view in the context of how he directs in films such as Hunger and 12 Years a Slave. However it other cases it is just a curiosity to see student work and think to oneself about how a very successful mainstream career came after such an unmemorable student film. In case you can't guess, the latter is the case with Robert Zemeckis' first student film here.
Shot in dialogueless black & white with a jazz score, it is the story of man versus machine, in this case a man going to work having to deal with an elevator. In terms of plot it doesn't really do much and lacks a specific direction – it doesn't play particularly to comedy, to horror, to tension, to thoughtfulness etc. Instead it tells the story and Zemeckis seems to be more about technique, framing etc than he is about telling a good story in an engaging way. Worth a look for big fans of Zemeckis or for students struggling with their own films and wondering if they can ever progress, but otherwise it is quite a dull film that I doubt I'll remember a week from now.
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