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A Small Circle of Friends (1980)

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Commentary 1: Director Rob Cohen Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on October 3rd, 2014:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Rob Cohen really stands by his films. Whether as a producer or as a director, each of his commentaries portray a man so very earnest about each feature. Combined with his knack for occupying each track with personal asides, production anecdotes, and industry trivia; the listener is never left in that dreaded space of "dead air." Which makes a "Small Circle.." both a blessing and a curse. The good nuggets of behind-the-scenes info is definitely found within the 100 plus minute track. You just have to pour through quite a large amount of meandering from Mr. Cohen, See, "A Small Circle" was his first directorial debut, and the story about how he helmed this most personal project is pretty fascinating, as well as the stories of filming on location in Harvard (and proudly ending that particular practice with this film). If you are familiar with the sensibilities and attitudes of the "baby boom" generation, most of Mr. Cohen's dialogue will be very familiar. These students of the late '60s became the future Yuppies of the '80s and '90s. Attitudes toward sex and women's liberation changed, et cetera, and then some. Bless Rob Cohen for filling the commentary with constant audio; sometimes you'd just wish all of the track were devoted to the film in front of you. Overall, a solid track. 8/10