Video Review: Pat Benatar “Le Bel Age”

In black-and-white, Artie (Richard Belzer) smokes in the parking lot of the Frolic Room in Los Angeles, California. Pat Benatar, holding a cigarette, sings into the microphone on stage. A fortysomething man, standing at the entrance, shakes his hand, “hey Funnyman.” Artie reminds him about the paycheck.

A thirtysomething man, behind the counter, says, “hey Artie, who posted bail for ya.” Artie responds, “your wife and your mother, ok?” He downs his drink and watches Benatar sing. A thirtysomething woman walks up to him and asks him, “how you’ve been? You don’t call me, nothing.” He explains, “I was in jail. You’re only allowed one phone call in jail.” He kisses her. The thirtysomething man interrupts them, “hey Artie, you have a phone call.” The thirtysomething woman eavesdrops as he tells his wife on the payphone, “I was in jail. I love you. Who loves you more than I do?” He walks with the thirtysomething woman into his dressing room.

In the dressing room, he puts on makeup as the thirtysomething woman tells him he doesn’t want to hear about her life. Rich, the manager, opens the door and asks to speak to Artie “alone.” He tells Artie, “you have to tone down the act tonight.” The owner walks in, “I don’t need the headaches. The police are crawling all over my club.” Artie puts his head into his hands.

Benatar, as she walks off stage, tells him. “You’re on, babe.” People hoot and holler as Artie walks on stage. He comments to the crowd, “the boys in the blue and their friends are here. Are you guys here to make sure no one steals my material…” He continues with his act as Benatar laughs in her seat.

Rating: 5/5

The police had been looking for Artie for a week. Pat Benatar hands the thirtysomething woman a tissue and tells her they’ll find him. The thirtysomething woman says he was going to leave his wife for her. They were going to start a family. Benatar assures her he probably stuck somewhere without any payphones. The thirtysomething woman says it’s not like him. Benatar didn’t know what to say.

Benatar asks the owner if he heard anything about Artie. The owner shakes his head and says she’ll know once he knows. She lights up another cigarette. It was a week now. Artie was a smarmy jerk. However, he had a sweet side to him. He was one of her best friends. His wife walks into the club and scans the crowd. Benatar scurries to her dressing room. His wife had suspected them of having an affair. It had almost happened but she told him she couldn’t help him cheat on his wife. The wife shouts to the owner, “you’re responsible for this! you killed him!”

Benatar dedicates her performance to Artie. She says, “may he rest in peace.” In the afternoon, his body had been found near the highway. He was in debt and owed people thousands of dollars, apparently. His wife had collected his things in his dressing room and found his books. The thirtysomething woman couldn’t be reached. She had visited her and the thirtysomething woman had refused to open the door. Benatar begins to sing, her voice catching as she sings his favorite song.

Director: James Yukich Year: 1986

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.