PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
1981, Warner Bros., 108 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

Dennis Potter's beautifully melancholic musical pairs unhappily married Depression-era Arthur (Steve Martin) and sweet, footloose Eileen (Bernadette Peters), setting the stage for bittersweet romance punctuated with astounding Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers. The last-ever MGM musical features eye-popping production design inspired by painter Edward Hopper, superb camerawork (Gordon Willis earned a National Society of Film Critics award for Best Cinematography) and Christopher Walken’s wonderful dance number, “Let's Misbehave.”


CALIFORNIA SUITE
1978, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

An all-star cast - including Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Supporting Actress Oscar winner Maggie Smith - sparkles in this Neil Simon-penned comedy, which follows couples in varying stages of fidelity at the Beverly Hills Hotel through four vignettes. "The most agreeably realised Simon film in years." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times


MY BLUE HEAVEN
1990, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

Uptight federal agent Barney Coopersmith (Rick Moranis) is put in charge of wild man Vinnie Antonelli (Steve Martin) when the gangster is placed in a witness relocation program. Unfortunately for Barney, Vinnie has no intention of leaving his life of crime behind. Nora Ephron's typically witty script plays like a comic sequel to GOODFELLAS and serves as a showcase for two brilliant comedic talents.


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