My Old Addiction



(out of 5)

Visual splendour is compromised by a nonsensical screenplay in this comedy directed by Barry Levinson to little effect. When his uncle () dies and leaves him his toy factory, Williams decides to maintain the principles of fun and joy that have kept the place going for so long. This becomes difficult, however, when his warmongering relative () tries to stage a coup and use the factory for producing weapons of mass destruction. The sets by Ferdinando Scarfiotti are absolutely dazzling, some of the most original work ever seen on screen (inspired by Dadaist artistic philosophy to boot), but the film’s anti-war message is insultingly obvious and its attempts at comedy are never very funny. Williams has a good time, as do  as his love interest and  as his sister, but the audience doesn’t really get to share much of it.

Baltimore Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox

USA, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by , Barry Levinson

Cinematography by

Produced by , Barry Levinson

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by Albert Wolsky

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1992



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