Cinema: 242nd Street

THE IDOLMAKER

Directed by Taylor Hackford

Screenplay by Edward DiLorenzo

Remember the rock-'n'-roll '50s? The era of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Little Richard, the doo-wop boys on the corner and Elvis on your 12-in. TV? Do you want to relive those glory days in a movie theater? Then go straight to a revival of The Girl Can't Help It or The T.A.M.I. Show, because The Idolmaker is something else, and less. I recalls one withered branch of pop nostalgia: the South Philly sound of Fabian and Frankie Avalon, which is to genuine early rock as Fritos are...

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