One of the more versatile American filmmakers of his generation, Barry Levinson’s movies showcased subjects as diverse as the immigrant experience, mob intrigue, and political satire. He earned particular acclaim for his semi-autobiographical portraits of life in 1950s Baltimore, a topic that he explored to great effect in Diner, his 1982 directorial debut.
Born in Baltimore on June 2, 1942, Levinson was the son of a warehouse manager. Initially intent on a career in the media, he studied Broadcast Journalism in college but didn’t remain there long enough to earn a degree. He instead switched his interests to acting and standup comedy, and, after serving a stint as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show, he was hired by producer Mel Brooks. The first film to carry a screenwriter credit for Levinson (in the company of several other writers) was Silent Movie (1976); this was followed by Brooks’ High Anxiety (1977), which also featured Levinson as a vengeful bellboy in the film’s… read more
As far as 'story' films that come out of Hollywood go, it doesn't get much better than this. There is a new event that occurs every time it is watched. And that new event is the old event happening for the first time. It is a miracle and there are only a handful of movies that have miracles like this.
Pretty pretty pretty, just so incredibly pretty, just amazingly gorgeous and pretty, so astonishingly beautiful and pretty and devoted to forging some kind of outlandish American Arthurian mythology about baseball and it just gets all very choking in its total pretty Americanosity.