Cinema: Whole Lotta Irony Goin' On

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

Directed by Jim McBride; Screenplay by Jack Baran and Jim McBride

"If I'm going to hell, I'm going there playing the piano."

-- Jerry Lee Lewis

At the time Great Balls of Fire alleges the demon rocker made that remark, plenty of people argued that for him the trip represented no more than a return to his roots, a visit with the home folks.

Strange, though, are the ways of fate and fame. The movie shows Lewis' bravado being directed at his cousin, revivalist Jimmy Swaggart, who is portrayed at more or less regular intervals denouncing rock...

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