It’s easy to review a movie, or to talk about a movie. Ive never found that difficult and decades before I began reviewing films on my website or talking to filmmakers on my podcasts or on a stage at a live Q&A, I had conversations with my friends about movies. It’s always been a passion of mine, and a comfort to my life to have movies to keep me company. When reviews and views can become tricky for me is when it comes to the documentary world, especially when the documentary is of a high emotional level like the one I have just watched. Valerie, is a 2019 documentary which runs for 36 minutes and takes us into the life of showgirl turned actress Valerie Perrine whom I knew first on screen when I was 7 years old and ventured into the cinema to see the newly released Superman The Movie.
Over the years I have seen Superman The Movie many dozens of times, most recently last week when I finally saw the 188 minute version of the film which was a joy to see, as it contained more Hackman, more Reeve, more Beatty, and of course more Perrine. For me Superman The Movie (and Superman II) are always the two films I think of when I read or hear the name of Valerie Perrine even though her filmography goes way before Superman (1972’s Slaughterhouse Five being her first onscreen role) , and continues long after with appearances in many of my favourites shows and many of the movies I watched during my ‘running a video store’ days. I haven’t met Valerie, I haven’t spoken with Valerie but her roles in films and the interviews that I had seen show her to be a genuine lovely fantastic person and so when I had the chance to watch Stacey Souther’s documentary ‘Valerie’ I jumped at the chance.