Cinema: Plastic Man

ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE

Directed by JAMES WILLIAM GUERCIO

Screenplay by ROBERT BORIS

Everything about this movie seems carefully calculated for effect. Even the director. The ubiquitous advertisements for Electro Glide in Blue feature the 27-year-old James William Guercio in aviator shades and high-lace boots, looking like Bogdanovich from the neck up and DeMille from the knees down. It would not matter, of course, what the ads or the director looked like if the movie deserved either of the adjectives often associated with first features —"interesting" or "promising." In its slick pomposity, though, the publicity campaign has neatly captured the essence of the...

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