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z28349 260x195 Johnny Depp one jewel of many in Arizona Dream, overlooked 18 year old film

When Warner Brothers first green-lighted “Arizona Dream” in the early 1990s, it must’ve had Hollywood execs beaming. The film promised something for everyone: beautiful Johnny Depp for the teen and 20-something set; Academy Award-winning actress Faye Dunaway for the serious cinephile; and funnyman Jerry Lewis for comedy fans.

But wait. There’s more. Lili Taylor’s excellent sense of both character and timing. Beautiful desert scenes. Quirky imagery. Adventure.

But once those same execs actually saw the film Serbian director Emir Kusturica delivered, they panicked. How the hell were they supposed to market this goofy, lunatic ride? The myopic suits hacked the film down to two hours, put the kibosh on a wide release and only showed it at art houses in limited markets in 1993 and in DVD two years later.

H26389 260x195 CINEFANTASTIQUE PODCAST on HuffPost   Overlooked & Underrated: INK, GHOST WRITER, DR. PARNASSUS

It’s a genre light week, with no new horror, fantasy, or science fiction titles released in cinemas, so Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski take this opportunity to shine a little much-deserved light on some overlooked and/or under-rated genre titles. The main topic of discussion is INK, the surprisingly good low-budget fantasy film about a girl kidnapped by a dream demon. Also under analysis, Roman Polanski’s Kafkaesque thriller THE GHOST WRITER, starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor, playing in limited release in New York and Los Angeles. And Terry Gilliam’s THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS, which received only a small release earlier this year.

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