In a weird coincidence this week we both picked films from 1976 starring kids, although the probably couldn’t be more different. But before we get into the homework Mariam discusses seeing Otto Preminger’s Angel Face and Ari talks about Martin McDonaugh’s new film Seven Psychopaths. Then we bond over Jerry Lewis, having both recently scene two of his films.
Ari’s homework this week is Alan Parker’s 1976 musical Bugsy Malone. It’s a homage to 1930’s set gangster pictures only it’s set in a world only starring children. It was a film Ari watched a lot as a kid and only recently started to realize just how weird it is, but will it’s strangeness put off Mariam or will she embrace a world where kids hang out in speakeasies, shoot custard filled tommyguns and generally act like gangsters.
Mariam’s pick for Ari this week is 1976’s Cría cuervos from director Carlos Saura. It stars Ana Torrent as a young girl dealing with the death of her mother and father. It’s one of Mariam’s favorite films, but will Ari enjoy it?