Blaze (1989): Ron Shelton’s Tale, Starring Paul Newman as Louisiana Governor Earl Long

In Ron Shelton’s fact-inspired satire, Blaze, set in the 1950s, Paul Newman gives a strong performance as the eccentric Louisiana Governor Eral Long, who fell head over heels with the stripper Blaze Starr (played by the charming Lolita Davidovich).

Unfortunately, the tale is only intermittently involving, resulting in a picture that is strangely flat.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Cinematography: Haskell Wexler

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Cinematography Oscar was Freddie Francis for “Glory.”