The Front Row View: 1941

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man. 


Today’s post is another Guilty Pleasure—-Steven Spielberg’s epic 1979 comedy 1941. The movie flopped at the box office and slowed down Spielberg’s career momentum after his blockbusters Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Some people see it and gape at the enormous waste of money. I do too, up to a point, but I also find it’s mix of wild sight gags, technical virtuosity and anarchic atmosphere great fun to watch. I’ve loaned my copy of the DVD to a couple of people, only to have them hand it back the next day and look at me like I’ve lost my mind. Sorry, I just can’t help it. I remember seeing it when it came out and wishing that the amazing jitterbug number would never end. It’s also been one of my favorite Spielbergs. If you’ve seen it—-love it or loathe it, let me know what you think! Just be nice.


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