Avalon (1990 film)

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Avalon
Avalon theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Levinson
Produced byMark Johnson
Charles Newirth (associate producer)
Marie Rowe (associate producer)
Written byBarry Levinson
StarringArmin Mueller-Stahl
Aidan Quinn
Kevin Pollak
Elizabeth Perkins
Joan Plowright
Elijah Wood
Lou Jacobi
Music byRandy Newman
Editing byStu Linder
Distributed byTristar Pictures
Release date(s)October 5, 1990 (1990-10-05)
Running time126 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Avalon
Avalon theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBarry Levinson
Produced byMark Johnson
Charles Newirth (associate producer)
Marie Rowe (associate producer)
Written byBarry Levinson
StarringArmin Mueller-Stahl
Aidan Quinn
Kevin Pollak
Elizabeth Perkins
Joan Plowright
Elijah Wood
Lou Jacobi
Music byRandy Newman
Editing byStu Linder
Distributed byTristar Pictures
Release date(s)October 5, 1990 (1990-10-05)
Running time126 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Avalon (1990) is a feature film directed by Barry Levinson. It is a semi-autobiographical story of a family of Russian Jewish immigrants who have settled in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, at the beginning of the 20th century. It is the third in Levinson's series of four "Baltimore Films" — Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990), and Liberty Heights (1999) — all set in his hometown during the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Avalon explores the themes of Jewish assimilation and how modernity has changed American family life.

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Plot summary

It is the early 1950s, and much has happened to the family of immigrant Sam Krichinsky since he first arrived in America in 1914 and eventually settled in Baltimore.

Television is new. Neighborhoods are changing, with more and more families moving to the suburbs. Wallpaper has been Sam's profession, but his son Jules wants to try his hand at opening a large discount-appliance store with his cousin, Izzy, maybe even do their own commercials on TV.

Jules and his wife, Ann, still live with his parents, but Ann is quietly enduring the way that her opinionated mother-in-law Eva dominates the household. Ann is a modern woman who even learns to drive a car, although Eva refuses to ride with her and takes a streetcar instead.

Slights, real or imagined, concern the family, as when Jules and Ann finally move to the suburbs, a long way for their relatives to travel. After arriving late and finding a Thanksgiving turkey has been carved without him, Uncle Gabriel is offended and storms out, beginning a feud with Sam.

Sam also can't understand the methods his grandson Michael's teachers use in school, or why Jules and Izzy have changed their surnames to Kaye and Kirk as they launch their business careers. But when various crises develop, the family members generally see them through together.

Cast

Relationship with other "Baltimore films"

Levinson likes to place links between his films that are set in Baltimore. A Hudson automobile purchased in Avalon is later purchased and used in Diner.[1] The house that the Krichinsky family leaves to move to the suburbs is later used as a residence in Tin Men.[1]

Awards

Avalon received Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Music, Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Levinson's script won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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