The Music Machine
Sphere, London, 1979
The blurb on the back:
Hitting the disco big timeÖ
Donít know if you remember this movie. Unlikely I guess: even if you did see it, chances are you will have suppressed the memory. I certainly have, even though I know I did see it. (I was working as a cinema projectionist at the time, okay? I got my excuse sorted.)
Anyway, I went to IMDb in an attempt to find out more information, and found that it was directed by Ian Sharp, soon to hit big with the SAS-worshipping Who Dares Wins, that the male star, Gerry Sundquist, committed suicide at Norbiton station in 1993, and that Esther Rantzen made an appearance as herself. I didnít know that.
Anyway the storyís rubbish: Mr Sundquist plays a character who canít dance very well, so he gets Patti Boulaye to show him. And along the way he learns a little about whatís really important in life. I was hoping it might have some quaint passages on British life in the late-Seventies, but if there are any, they didnít emerge from my cursory reading of the book.
The bookís adapted from the screenplay by James Kenelm Clarke, which was itself based on a treatment by Ian Sharp. And itís unreadable.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 2/5
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