Frank and Ava
This is an extremely low-budget film about
that period in Sinatra's life, circa 1949-1953, when his
music career had stalled and his serious movie career had not
yet kicked into high gear. His personal life had added to his troubles.
His politics were attacked by right-wingers during the
McCarthy frenzy. His marital infidelities were attacked
by the pious moral guardians.
sums up that period:
"Sinatra's decline in popularity was evident at his
concert appearances. At a brief run at the Paramount in
New York he drew small audiences. At the Desert Inn in
Las Vegas he performed to half-filled houses of
wildcatters and ranchers. At a concert at Chez Paree in
Chicago, only 150 people in a 1,200-seat capacity venue
turned up to see him. By April 1952 he was performing at
the Kauai County Fair in Hawaii. Journalist Burt Boyar
observed, 'Sinatra had had it. It was sad. From the top
to the bottom in one horrible lesson.'"
I suppose that might make for an excellent film. This is
not it. It was basically written and performed by
amateurs, and it was directed by Michael Oblowitz, who
has made some of
the worst and most disjointed movies I've ever seen.
In 2003, he made the two worst Steven Seagal movies, Out
for a Kill and the especially incoherent The
Foreigner (link goes to my review). Think for a
second how good an average Steven Seagal movie is, and
you'll begin to imagine how bad those must be. (3.3 and
3.4 at IMDb). And he has made two other films rated even
lower than those on IMDb!
Anyway, that gives you an indication of what to expect
from this film.
Alicia Low is not much of an actress, but is a
truly beautiful woman with incredible curves.
Unfortunately, she never full exposed her massive
breasts. She did bare her bottom, and flashed her crotch
Holland, as Lana Turner, and some others did some
full frontal and rear nudity. To give you a taste of how
ramshackle this film is, the woman playing superstar
Lana Turner is a soft-core porn star who usually appears
in films with titles like Dances with Werewolves,
Dracula's Sorority Sisters, Hollywood Sex Wars and of
course the immortal cinema classic Abner, the Invisible
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