Cinema: Gloomy Tune

OLIVER'S STORY

Directed by John Korty

Screenplay by Erich Segal and John Korty

What can you say about a two-hour movie that died? That from its first frame it seemed to lack spunk? That within minutes it be came clear that the people who conceived it lacked even the false creative energy that healthy cynicism can sometimes engender? That it finally succumbed not just to its failure to evoke the spirit of romance, but to a misbegotten sense of its own importance?

The Oliver of the title is, of course, Oliver Barrett IV, protagonist of...

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