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SATURDAY

Somewhere beneath the copious amounts of glitter in Menahem Golan’s 1980 pop musical The Apple is what could, technically speaking, be defined as a story line. In an effort to solidify his control over the international music industry, the nefarious Mr. Boogalow holds the phony WorldVision Song Contest—the winners of which will be catapulted to instant fame and fortune. But when his protégés are upstaged by Canadian folk duo Alphie and Bibi—whose sappy ballad “Love, the Universal Melody” wins over the crowd—Boogalow offers the crooning Canucks a record contract. Bibi eagerly accepts and gets transformed into a pop star, while the heartbroken Alphie joins a group of park-dwelling hippies. Equal parts schlock and melodrama, Golan’s mess of a film is a delightful failure on every possible level, from its garishly “futuristic” set design to its painful musical numbers, written by George Clinton—but not that George Clinton. The film screens at midnight (see Showtimes for other dates) at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $10. (202) 667-0090. (Matthew Borlik)