Cinema: Once upon a Time in Harlem

THE COTTON CLUB Directed by Francis Coppola Screenplay by William Kennedy and Francis Coppola

It is the sorry fate of some big-budget movies to be remembered as the indifferent sequels to their own prerelease publicity. Mention Cleopatra and the memory swirls, not with images from the film but with tabloids screaming the latest indiscretion of Liz and Dick. Mention The Cotton Club 20 years from now, and the graybeards will have forgotten whether it was a good film or a bad one. Instead, they will gather their young ones around the video fireplace and...

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