Cinema: Ha'penny Opera

THE HARDER THEY COME

Directed by PERRY HENZELL Screenplay by PERRY HENZELL and TREVOR D.RHONE

Fast, tough, sinuous, with a score of Jamaican reggae that jauntily accentuates its vigor, this saga of the career of a small-time pot pusher and pop star is a kind of Caribbean Threepenny Opera. It does not have the depth, but it does have some of the energy and a little of the fury, the same sort of lovingly savage feeling for the brash ethos of the underworld.

The hero, called Ivan, is stylishly played by Jimmy Cliff, a Jamaican musician who has an insinuating, almost feral appeal. Poor...

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