Moment By Moment (1978) (part 8 of 9)

In the next shot, it’s getting dark as Trish drives her Mercedes down Sunset Blvd. We see the world from Trish’s POV as she scans up and down the seedy underbelly of the big city, including a theater playing Jaws 2. Jaws 2! Wow, this place is rough! A funky “urban” number on the soundtrack highlights this culture shock with subtle flair.

Next, we see Naomi and Trish walking on the sidewalk as they pass by the obligatory adult bookstore. See, they’re two hoity-toity rich gals lost in a supposedly slummy area, therefore, they’re out of their element. Hence, komedy. QED. They turn and enter Strip’s run down apartment building/hotel. They go to a woman at the desk, who directs them towards a guy wearing an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt [?]. They ask him something, but we never hear it because this entire sequence is MOS and the music on the soundtrack is the only thing we hear.

By the way, the song currently playing on the soundtrack is “Strangered in the Night” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers [!]. Yes, a decent band actually contributed a song to this smoldering pile of excrement. Since this was a few years before they became well-known, I guess they were forgiven. Dan Hill, on the other hand, was immediately taken out back and shot.

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Multi-Part Article: Moment By Moment (1978)

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