With Cheers and Hankies, Hollywood Welcomes Director Barry Levinson's Generational Epic, Avalon
updated 10/22/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/22/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
One of the film's pivotal scenes takes place on a Fourth of July, so Tri-Star Pictures presented the 1,000 first-nighters with an old-fashioned picnic complete with red-white-and-blue bunting. While showbiz bigs schmoozed to music from a jazz ensemble, Baltimore-born Levinson allowed as how everything seemed to have gone okay. "I'm glad that people seemed to be affected by the film," said the director. After all, "What you hope is that by being personal, you can be universal."