The Cotton Club

  • The Cotton Club

As Drew Hunt noted the other day, the Northbrook Public Library will screen Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club tomorrow at 1 and 7:30 PM. They’ll also screen Coppola’s Tucker: The Man and His Dream on July 10 and Peggy Sue Got Married on July 17. Could there be more 80s Coppola on the way? (The library has yet to announce any subsequent screenings.) The films he made in that decade are an uneven but fascinating bunch—for better and for worse, they reveal an artist who refuses to rest on his laurels and must continue trying out new ideas. It’s possible they look better today than they did on first release. Time tends to be more flattering to the imperfect movie with glorious eccentricities than the modest success that conforms to contemporary standards of good taste.