Poster of the Week

by robbiefreeling
June 12, 2009 2:56 AM
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What makes this poster a classic? It's not the morbid-romantic title. Or the delicate, doily font. Or the instantly unappealing, oddly bespectacled couple. Or the freshly written paper of sheet music inferring a tale of artists in heat. No, it's that massive, weirdly indented tag line: "Call someone you loved and lost a long time ago and ask them to see a movie. Maybe it's not too late." Say it a few times in your head. It gets funnier (er, I mean, more poignant and urgent) each time you say it. Call them now....ask them to see a movie.... it doesn't matter which one. It could be anything. This is 1978, after all. It could be Magic. It could be Midnight Express. It could be The Boys from Brazli or The Magic of Lassie . . . just go see a movie with that lost love! It MIGHT not be too late. Check the newspaper for showtimes. And make sure you buy cheaper candy from the supermarket first so you don't have to buy the overpriced Junior Mints at the concession.

No, I've never heard of If Ever I See You Again, but there's something curious going on. That strapping male lead in the poster, who looks like a young Michael Crichton in a track suit, wrapping his arms around a grim-looking Shelley Hack, seems to be someone named Joe Brooks. Hmmm, well, lookee here, Joe Brooks is also the co-writer, producer, and director of If Ever I See You Again. The plot thickens . . . then my eye travels up to the faded all-capped font above the credit block: "In his first starring role, Joe Brooks, the man who brought you You Light Up My Life." Eureka, it all clicks. This one fits right in with that odd subgenre of late Seventies, early Eighties films about lustful songwriters loving and losing (also including the Streisand-Kristofferson A Star Is Born, of course), often featuring horse-riding montages. As for Joe Brooks, whose next film was 1980's Headin' for Broadway? Royalty checks, man, royalty checks.

Bonus: George Plimpton! Bonus bonus: 3 out of 10 on imdb! Bonus bonus bonus: The only review of it I can find is on a site called "Bums Corner". Quote:
"This movie has to be seen to be believed. It fails miserably on every level."

Anyone have a tape of If Ever I See You Again?


  • robbiefreeling | June 23, 2009 10:20 AMReply

    Wow, thanks for the info, Liz. This is certainly bizarre timing for me...I guess I'm still learning about Brooks's entire, uh.... oeuvre.

  • Liz | June 23, 2009 8:32 AMReply

    Bonus x5:

    "You Light Up My Life" writer indicted on sex charges

  • the rifleman | June 12, 2009 10:28 AMReply

    Words and Lyrics by Joe Brooks:

    I've wondered all my life
    How I could ever let you go
    There's not a lot of change in my life
    But one thing that I know

    If I ever see you again
    Maybe this time it will work out alright
    Maybe this, we won't say goodbye, but only goodnight
    With a love that won't end if I ever see you again

    Warm sleepy mroning waking up next to you
    Feeling you close by my side
    Nothing on earth has ever felt better
    Then the feelings I've felt deep inside

    Sometimes it seems that I never lost you
    And that you're not really gone
    Cause I had this dream
    This wonderful dream, it just goes on and on

    And if I ever see you again
    Maybe this time it will work out alright
    Maybe this, we won't say goodbye, but only goodnight
    With a love that won't end if I ever see you again

  • Jeff Gerber | June 12, 2009 10:01 AMReply

    Hey, that's OSCAR WINNER Joe Brooks you're talking about.

    He's also in my favorite 70s film, Sweater Girls. Check it out!

  • DC | June 12, 2009 6:26 AMReply

    I'm still stuck on the title. It's so menacing. I bet Joe did one hell of a title song, all weepy strings and sentimental ivories, but I'm sure that too is lost to time.

    And isn't poster Joe the spittin' image of Ben Stiller in The Royal Tenenbaums? Maybe Wes is a big Brooks fan.

    I could look at this poster for days. Thanks!

  • robbiefreeling | June 12, 2009 5:42 AMReply

    Him: Hey, remember that song "You Light Up My Life"?
    Her: Yeah, yes... yes, I do... you know I do.
    Him: I wrote that. I wrote that song.
    Her: Yes, Joe, I know. You KNOW I know.
    Him: It was a big hit. A really big hit. Didi Conn was in the movie.
    Her: Yes, Didi Conn. Whatever happened to her anyway?
    Him: I was a big deal. Women flocked to me whenever I walked in a room. Life was magic then.
    Her: Do you want to go get a bagel or something?
    Him: [sings] You.... light up my life..... you give me strength....
    Her: Oh, boy, here we go...
    Him: . . . to carry on . . . you light up my days . . .
    Her: Hey, Joe....Joe? I'm hungry!
    Him: . . . and fill my nights.... with song....

  • joe | June 12, 2009 5:25 AMReply

    Hmmm, maybe it's time for an open caption contest?

    Him: "Hmmm, dead seagull?"
    Her: "Yup, dead seagull."
    Him: "Time for lunch."

  • eshman | June 12, 2009 3:37 AMReply

    Bonus bonus bonus bonus: Tabloid columnist Jimmy Breslin gets third billing.