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Mail: Geena Davis cover story

Readers respond to Judy Garland, Jeffrey Caine, and “Cool World”

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GEE, GEENA
Your cover story on Geena Davis was really terrific (#128, July 24). Her Oscar for The Accidental Tourist was a pleasant surprise, but she definitely should have been this year’s Best Actress. Her brilliant performance as the kooky and flamboyant Thelma, who transforms herself from a depressed housewife to a liberated woman, is no match for any of the other actresses nominated alongside her last March. It’s great that a precious talent and a beauty with brains like Davis got the recognition she deserves from EW.
Rozli Zulkifli
Lexington, Ky.

Thank you so very much for your interview with Geena Davis. It’s so nice to see her finally getting the attention and recognition that she deserves. On top of being a great actress, Davis seems very down to earth, funny, and intelligent. Keep up the great work, Geena!
Mary Allen
Van Nuys, Calif.

TORMENTED GARLAND

In Mel Torme’s review of three new Judy Garland video releases, he seems slightly preoccupied with letting the reader know the state of Garland’s weight in the films. Lest we forget, she lost her ”baby fat” through the use of diet pills which the studio, not wanting a ”chunky” star, induced her to take. Garland became addicted to the pills, which started her on a road of alcohol and drug abuse. To imply that Garland’s weight loss was a good thing and a natural part of her growing up does a disservice to her memory.
Amy L. Taipale
Chicago

WITHERING ‘HEIGHTS’

I am surprised that in all the publicity surrounding H: The Story of Heathcliff’s Journey Back to Wuthering Heights by Lin Haire-Sargeant, no one has bothered to point out that she was beaten to the punch back in 1978. Fourteen years ago Knopf published the American edition of a novel by British author Jeffrey Caine, titled Heathcliff. I haven’t read Haire-Sargeant’s book—L.S. Klepp’s dismissive F grade has seen to that—but I thought someone should note that she’s unoriginal in her own unoriginality.
Jonathan Benair
Los Angeles

MORE COOL

Although I can’t disagree with Owen Gleiberman’s unenthusiastic review of Ralph Bakshi’s limp new release, Cool World, I’m dismayed at his dim, censorious dismissal of Bakshi’s amazing 1975 feature, Coonskin. I think it’s a courageous and accomplished film—in some ways one of the great ”lost” films of the 1970s—and it deserves far better treatment than it was given in the review.
Kim Thompson
Seattle

THE SOUND OF MOVIES

Thank god for your reviews of recently released soundtracks. I find it refreshing to know that you address movie music as what it is…music! And it’s nice to know your magazine has not neglected this extremely important part of filmmaking.
Christopher Wing
Lompoc, Calif.