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Picture Windows

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A star-studded trilogy of romance and drama - each story presents a provocative look at life and love, molded by the creative touches of three talented directors: Norman Jewison, Peter Bogdanovich and Jonathan Kaplan. "Soir Bleu" stars Alan Arkin as Tully, a circus clown in love with the beautiful, but abused, wife of the circus manager. During the touring company's last performance, Tully finally decides to act on his love with tragic consequences. "Song of Songs" features George Segal as middle-aged baker, Ted, with Brooke Adams and Sally Kirkland as the women in his life - one is his wife and one is his mistress. In a comical twist of fate, Ted learns the difference between true romance and passion. "Language of the Heart" is set against the exquisite backdrop of the ballet world of the 1920's. A beautiful young ballerina and a talented street musician realize the fulfillment of their love and dreams through the hand of the wise Maestro (Michael Lerner).

Special Features

  • Contains Three Short Films: Soir Bleu, directed by Norman Jewison, Song of Songs, directed by Peter Bogdanovich & Language of the Heart, directed by Jonathan Kaplan

Product Details

  • Actors: George Segal, Michael Lerner, Sally Kirkland, Tamara Gorski, Brooke Adams
  • Directors: Peter Bogdanovich, Bob Rafelson, Norman Jewison
  • Writers: Daniel Halperin, Harry Mark Petrakis, John Petrakis, Scott J.T. Frank
  • Producers: Albert Botha
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00000K4Z3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Picture Windows" on IMDb

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2007
Format: DVD
PICTURE WINDOWS is a 1994 Showtime television series now available on CD. The concept for the series was to focus on five well-known paintings and give five writers and directors the opportunity to enter the canvas and create a story stimulated by their response to the painting. Sometimes it works well, sometimes the connection between the painting and the story is so tangential that the stimulus is shaky, but in all this is a nice and potentially clever way to approach art.

One of the more successful of the films is 'Two Nudes Bathing', an exploration of the situation of this famous image by an anonymous artist of two women at bath, one touching the nipple of the other while maintaining eye contact with the painter. John Boorman brings the canvas to life as a history of the work: painter Henri (Charley Boorman) has been hired by a wealthy man (John Hurt) to paint his daughters and during the course of the painting Henri introduces the daughters to the concept of passion and love. Based on David Hockney's pool painting, Armed Response by Bob Rafelson begins with a young man (James Calvert) swimming in his parents (Robert Loggia and Cynthia Preston) and after an invasion by an apparent drifter (Steve Zahn), the father and son discover secrets hidden behind their artful home and the enigma posed by the Hockney painting is mimicked.

'Language of the Heart' is based on a Degas painting of ballerinas at rehearsal and the story concerns the focus of an impresario (Michael Lerner) on a particular ballerina who has fallen in love with a street musician: the manner in which each of these people fulfill their needs for love and recognition is well served by a cinematically beautiful rendering.
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