"In the next room, gentlemen, is the finest food, drink and pussy in New York at a price."
Like ONE FROM THE HEART, a gorgeous visual pastiche, with absolutely exacting costume/production design and cinematography, as well as a truly exuberant sense of musicality. Unlike ONE FROM THE HEART, it has striking lurches into violence, a sense of the puncturing of the balloon that is the Harlem jazz scene (and indeed, Hollywood itself, probably, as Coppola once again dives down into that well). However, it also shares many of the flaws with Coppola's earlier film, occasionally bordering on incoherence and eschewing any kind of proper structuring in favor of a loose, freewheeling impressionism. Like ONE FROM THE HEART, I am frustrated by its limitations and by how much my hand closes on air to the touch, but also like that film, I am impressed with its audacity and steadfast refusal to compromise. Coppola is a real one.