Picture Windows (1995)
|Picture Windows (1995) is an obscure
mini-series suggested by a Funhouse reader.
of three short stories. Supposedly, paintings come to
life to reveal the stories.
The first episode is loosely based on
Pagliacci, and is about a clown in a tragic love affair.
It is beautifully filmed, and was nominated by American
Society of Cinematographers for best achievement in a
mini series. It was directed by Norman Jewison.
the main body of the text
episode, Song of Songs was far and away my favorite, and
contained clear topless from Sally Kirkland. George Segal
plays a middle-aged baker who works with his wife in a
neighborhood bakery. Sally Kirkland opens a lingerie shop
across the street. George disapproves, until he meets
Sally, who instantly becomes the love of his life. When
he finally has the "I've fallen in love with someone
else" talk with his wife, he gets more than one
surprise. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, this is a very
clever romantic comedy, with more than a little pathos.
It is reminiscent of an O'Henry short story.
||The third episode,
Language of the Heart, tells the story of a ballerina,
and the young street musician who captured her heart. It
won an Emmy for the music.
Soir Blue was a little arty even for me.
Language of the Heart was a sentimental but unremarkable
tribute to the power of love, but Song of Songs is a real
unknown gem. There is literally no information to be
found on line -- not even 5 votes at IMDB.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: insufficient
votes for a rating
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this, I
rate the whole DVD a C+, but Song of Songs a B.
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