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Judy Berlin (1997)
Starring: Julie Kavner, Madeline Kahn, Edie Falco, Barbara Barrie, Anne Meara, Bette Henritze, Novella Neslon, Bob Dishy, Carlin Glynn, Aaron Harnick
Director: Eric Mendelsohn
Category: , Documentary
Studio: Image Ent.
91 mins



"Edie Falco is a joy. Mendelsohn has a born filmmaker's gift, Judy Berlin had me from hello." -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A lingering solar eclipse casts a strange spell on a dead-end New Jersey town and unleashes hidden passions, frustrated dreams and lonely yearning in this quirky, bittersweet portrait of small-town life.

Despite the bleak sky, Judy (Edie Falco, The Sopranos) bursts with excitement as she plans to escape to Hollywood and become a star. When she accidentally runs into David, a former high school crush now a world-weary failed filmmaker, sparks fly between the mismatched pair. Meanwhile, the ongoing eclipse appears to crack the smooth surface of the town, including Madeline Kahn in her last role as an age-obsessed, alienated housewife, Barbara Barrie as a holier-than-thou school teacher and Bob Dishy as a principal shell-shocked by life.

Full of wonder and wit, this award-winning, critically acclaimed film, shot in luminous black and white, transforms the familiar terrain of American suburbia into an eccentric landscape suffused with a dark and unexpected beauty.


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