Cinema: Rushes: Nov. 12, 1990


It is a noble thing for a man to rescue his humble forebears from obscurity, to make something grand, even epic out of their lives. Barry Levinson, whose most recent films have been notable commercial successes (Good Morning, Vietnam; Rain Man), has been widely praised by reviewers for attempting a movie that tries to make something instructive out of his family's past. Avalon, which Levinson directed and wrote, is a handsome and conscientiously made film, tracing the modest fortunes and misfortunes of the Krichinskys, an extended family of Jewish immigrants in Baltimore, over some 50 years.

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