Cinema: Sweet Cheating

CLASS OF '44

Directed by PAUL BOGART

Screenplay by HERMAN RAUCHER

Class of '44 is a quiet and quite possibly unconscious example of McLuhanism at work. It is an environment rather than a movie. No jagged element of plot or character is permitted to catch at the viewer's mind and disturb his agreeable reveries about the world as he falsely remembers its being three decades ago.

At the level of production, design and musical direction, the movie is quite cleverly done; it is no back-lot reconstruction of a nostalgically recalled world. Rather, the producers have sought out and found real streets and houses and...

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