Exquisite Corpses

Newcomer Temistocles Lopez’s low-budget independent feature has been described as a comical musical thriller, but unfortunately the comedy isn’t very funny, the thriller isn’t very thrilling, and the musical numbers, along with the dialogue, are sabotaged by poor sound recording. A trombone player from Oklahoma (Gary Knox, who also furnished the score) goes to New York, is discovered by a gay casting agent (Frank Roccio), and winds up singing in a cabaret and getting involved in an international spy ring. The first third of the movie is a cut-rate Midnight Cowboy, the second third is a cut-rate Cabaret, and the remainder is so muddled that only the Day-Glo lighting and colors in Stephen McNutt’s cinematography offer a modicum of relief. (JR)

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