Avalon (PG)

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AVALON (1990)

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Time Out says

Levinson returns to Baltimore, home of Diner and Tin Men, for this semi-autobiographical voyage into family history. Sam Krichinsky (Müller-Stahl), arriving in America from the Old Country on July 4, 1914, wanders awestruck against a night sky alive with firecrackers. He is joined by his brothers, who acquire jobs, produce children, and reside in a row-house neighbourhood. The sprawling story eventually traces four generations; changing circumstances and wider social influences are reflected in the way family circle meetings give way to internal divisions and personal ambitions. It's a shamelessly sentimental interpretation of history, with television ushering in a generation which has lost the art of communication and the ability to care. Against this blinkered vision, even Levinson's confident direction and ability to capture the absurdities and rhythms of everyday speech fail to provide sufficient compensation.

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Rated:

PG

US release:

Fri Oct 5, 1990

Duration:

126 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Barry Levinson

Cast:

Ronald Guttman, Elijah Wood, Eve Gordon, Leo Fuchs, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Pollak, Joan Plowright, Elizabeth Perkins, Armin Müller-Stahl, Israel Rubinek

Music:

Randy Newman

Production Designer:

Norman Reynolds

Editor:

Stu Linder

Cinematography:

Allen Daviau

Screenwriter:

Barry Levinson

Producer:

Barry Levinson, Mark Johnson

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