Seven Year Zigzag
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A filmmaker with a vision finds that vision delayed due to tumultuous changes in his life in this independently produced feature. 7 Year Zigzag is the autobiographical tale of lead Richard Green, who narrates -- in rhyme -- his efforts to get a swing-disco musical made in the late '70s, only to see it ripped off by the 1980 debacle Xanadu. Discouraged but not defeated, he takes gigs as a musician in London and as a corporate drone to see his dream through. 7 Year Zigzag contains no spoken dialogue other than Green's musical voice-overs.
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© Next Step Studios
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Green's dewy romantic imagery, self-pitying tone and feeble grasp of the principles of poetic scansion suggest the powerful influence of Rod McKuen, a celebrated poet of the 1970's who has since fallen into disrepute."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"To be certain, Richard Green has created an enchanting and unique way of telling a story... I just wish I could have cared more about the Richard Green it was all about."
‑ Edward Havens,
"The urgent, free flowing gimmicky rhythms of Richard Green's swing club hippie dream ultimately grow trite and tiresome by journey's end."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"While this film is moved by rhyme and swing, it comes across as natural as a free flowing stream."
‑ Doug Brunell, Film Threat
"The idea is fun for a while, but soon grows tiresome."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Green actually makes the mix sing, and the film is genuinely absorbing."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The entire documentary is accomplished in rhythm, rhyme and tune."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is spirited and heartfelt, but as [Green] meanders from college romances to corporate jobs to showbiz breaks, it's clear none of these incidents is actually worthy of big-screen attention."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Said ingenuity is at times recursive in its chintzy pell-mell of images and superimpositions..."
‑ Jon Lap, Apollo Guide
"7 Year Zig Zag is experimental, more celebratory than story, and taken as such -- fun."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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