Cinema: Tabloid Style

THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT

Directed by CHARLES JARROTT Screenplay by HERMAN RAUCHER and DANIEL TARADASH

Deep into this long, mawkish film, the script calls for Susan Sarandon to tumble from a rowboat into a stormy sea off Greece. What she plunges into is some of the phoniest-looking surf since a toy ship foundered in the special-effects tank in The Caine Mutiny. It looks all the more phony because we have earlier seen stunning views of the real Aegean. This neatly symbolizes the trouble with The Other Side of Midnight: the backgrounds are convincing, the drama has been churned up at the studio.

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