Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Breaking Glass (1980)

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Brian Gibson
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Olive Films)

Hazel O'Connor stars as an aspiring New Wave singer and lyricist on the streets of London. He band performs in a dive bar in front of an unappreciative audience, but gets the attention of a young record promoter. He forces himself on the naive O'Connor and becomes her manager. They audition members of a new band that she will front and he arranges more shows and records a demo. He uses his promoter connections to get the band a contract and album. However, he is edged out by a greedy corporate record producer who not only takes over the band but becomes her lover. A drugged up O'Connor is forced onstage to play music she despises. A rather obvious and heavy handed expose of the corporate music business, showing how the punk movement in England became commercialized and transformed into New Wave. Unfortunately, that music dominates the soundtrack and is harsh, amateurish and barely listenable. I guess O'Connor is an acquired taste I have not developed.

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