In Las Vegas, Franny, a Fremont Street travel agent, dreams of taking off to the exotic locales to which she sends her clients. Meanwhile, her husband Hank is preoccupied with the purchase of their spacious, slightly seedy Spanish Moderne home as a good investment.
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Had this not been so misunderstood upon its release, I think 1980s American cinema would have gone in a completely different direction (for the better, probably). This is as good as anything Coppola has done - a real masterpiece.
Francis Ford Coppola's overlooked and over-the-top romance is a visual masterwork. Coppola, his cinematographers and production designer Dean Tavoularis have crafted a colorful, vibrant, and wholly unique and imaginative vision complimented by the sultry jazz songs and score by Tom Waits. Despite the flaws in the writing, the cast is likable and the style and energy more than make up for it.
All the good things I have to say about this film mostly stem from the fact that this is a musical with Tom Waits songs and even though it is cheesy as fuck it's still a fun little musical. Yet again, Tom Waits music makes this film good.
The acting and the screenplay is awful and deserves one star. The visual imagination is stunning and deserves a full five star rating. Still, sadly (and therefore) a three star rating to Coppolas most avant garde film.