The Revolving Doors

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Monique Spaziani is as a young pianist who, in the provincial Quebec town of Campbelton in 1928, perfects the craft of accompanying silent films. Obsessed with the life of movie stars and caught up in the escapism of the cinema, Spaziani dresses in elaborate gowns, making her a celebrity among the moviegoers. Many come to the cinema simply to see her new...read more

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Monique Spaziani is as a young pianist who, in the provincial Quebec town of Campbelton in 1928, perfects the craft of accompanying silent films. Obsessed with the life of movie stars and caught up in the escapism of the cinema, Spaziani dresses in elaborate gowns, making her a celebrity

among the moviegoers. Many come to the cinema simply to see her new gown and watch her play. One of these is Penot, a sheepish young man of good stock who persuades her to marry him. She soon gives birth to a son and when Penot joins the army, his domineering parents insist they raise the child

while Spaziani goes off to live with Penot on a military base. Penot is killed in WW I, and Spaziani runs off to New York, where she makes ends meet by playing in jazz clubs. Years pass and her son (now played by Arcaud) is a middle-aged painter whose own son (Methe), hearing the story of his

grandmother, sets out for New York to find her. THE REVOLVING DOORS is a potentially involving film that touches on powerful familial relationships. Unfortunately, much of THE REVOLVING DOORS is devoted to Spaziani's early days, undermining the exploration of the relationships. Very little of

Arcand's dilemma is on-screen; much of his playing time is spent reading (through voice-over) his mother's dairy. It is as if the title doors of passage were not revolving so much as locked, allowing the viewer only to glimpse a small portion of the action through a keyhole. In an effort to remain

true to the period, the filmmakers hired archivist William K. Everson as a consultant, and clips from Buster Keaton's masterpiece THE GENERAL, D.W. Griffith's SALLY OF THE SAWDUST, and the Al Jolson starrer THE JAZZ SINGER have been included in the movie. Of note is THE REVOLVING DOORS' theme

song, "Don't Kill a Piano Player," a quiet melody used throughout the film, connecting the past with the present.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Monique Spaziani is as a young pianist who, in the provincial Quebec town of Campbelton in 1928, perfects the craft of accompanying silent films. Obsessed with the life of movie stars and caught up in the escapism of the cinema, Spaziani dresses in elabora… (more)

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