A great lost film from 1980, its look embodying 1980's not-quite-this-not-quite-that quality. Starring Jodie Foster and the Runaways' Cherie Currie(playing the girl-in-trouble you'd expect, and quite well), as well as Sally Kellerman. It's the kind of realistic film about teenagers you wouldn't see again even in spirit till KIDS, except that KIDS is also sensationalist, exploitative trash while this is a mature drama. And you definitely rarely see films talking of, or to, young women as honestly. This film didn't do well when it was released, though I'm not sure why. Probably because it lacks said sensationalism--it was made for girls the age of its characters, not creepy chickenhawks, as many films ostensibly about teenage girls sadly are.
It also features Donna Summer's "On the Radio" as its theme, and quite evocatively. She passed away today from cancer. I recall her as the only cool music(usually my mom and dad played the Eagles or Barry Manilow or Christopher Cross, like that) played in my home before my parents divorced in 1980. Most of my memories 1978-1980 have her as a soundtrack. So with her dies another chunk of my childhood.
I don't like disco but I always loved her. But then, she was disco in the way the Beatles were pop: she was, but she was also so far beyond that genre that anyone could enjoy her soaring voice against the multitude of genres it was set against. And "I Feel Love" alone to this day is probably the single most influential piece of pop electronica(in fact, really WAS the first really huge electronic pop song, hugely influential on Sheffield and Detroit electronica) ever made. And unlike, say, the Bee Gees, her music is not at all dated, not tied to its time though it certainly brings back memories. It crossed over with disco and in fact dominated it, but was so much more. I miss pop music that was actually well-made. But I'm old now, I would.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson