IDA MAKES A MOVIE by Kay Chorao

IDA MAKES A MOVIE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

That hip little cat whose creativity was certified by a fortune teller in A Magic Eye for Ida (KR, 1973) now has her eye on the National Film Board's contest for kids, and here she is madly shooting a TV-inspired movie starring little Coolie Pickens as a girl who is crazed by the rejection that results when she wears a green instead of a white dress to a dance. Ida doesn't win the contest -- oh yes she does; the judges just had the films switched -- but then the citation lauds her for showing ""how terrible war is for little children"" and she has to confess on stage that that's not what she had in mind. Never mind -- she's cheered for telling the truth and (just in case honesty in itself is not reward enough) her film still gets the prize ""no matter what it is all about."" Which supports her mother's indifference to whatever a critic might choose to make of things, but doesn't tell kids why the creator of that rediculous film should claim their attention. Ida is attractively offbeat, but this is oddly off-center as well.

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 1974
Publisher: Seabury