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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"10" (1979)

A 42 year old songwriter (Dudley Moore) is having a mid life crisis. Although in a monogamous relationship with an actress (Julie Andrews), while driving he spots a young bride (Bo Derek) on her way to her wedding and becomes obsessed with her. Obsessed to the point of following the young woman on her honeymoon in Mexico! This sex comedy was a huge hit in 1979 and made Moore a bankable box office name and Derek one of the most talked about sex stars for several years. The director Blake Edwards is one of those rare directors who genuinely has a knack for both sophisticated comedy (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S) and physical comedy (THE PARTY), often balancing them within the same structure. While this doesn't rank with the best of his work, it's a solid second tier effort. The film isn't entirely without substance, Edwards touches on some salient points about aging, the generation gap and male chauvinism. Since Moore plays a songwriter, music is a very important element in the film and Henry Mancini's Oscar nominated underscore mixes love songs, disco, jazz and of course, classical music. This is the film that made Ravel's BOLERO a best selling record! With Robert Webber, Brian Dennehy, Dee Wallace, Max Showalter and Sam J. Jones (FLASH GORDON).

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