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Making Movie History for Over 80 Years!

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Series Compiled by: Chris D.
Special Thanks to: Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Mike Schlesinger/SONY REPERTORY; Steve Johnson/CRITERION FILMS (20TH CENTURY FOX); Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS.; Peggy Flynn/HOLYWOOD CLASSICS; Todd Wiener/UCLA FILM AND TELEVISION ARCHIVE; Amy Lewin and Barry Allen/PARAMOUNT.


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Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling.

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As a small encore to our New Hollywood series from the year 2000, we’re presenting two weeks of some of the best, most provocative and groundbreaking films from the mid-1960’s through the 1970’s. While two weeks seem like barely enough time, and, as a result, hardly representative of the wide diversity of exciting movies that spontaneously erupted from the era, we’ve gone out of our way to look for intriguing pictures that do not get projected as often on the big screen as their more famous cousins. Although we love ‘em, this time around no FRENCH CONNECTION, no GODFATHER, no AMERICAN GRAFFITI, no CHINATOWN, no – well, you fill in the blank! The great, incendiary masterpieces from the period that were box office smashes are consequently more accessible and more easily available on DVD and at repertory screenings. Although a few of the films from our program have been released on DVD in the last couple of years, most of them have not. For whatever reason, though often as good and as critically acclaimed as others more well-known, most of these films have not remained as prominent in the pop culture public consciousness. From our mini-tribute to trailblazing director Frank Perry (including the much-requested PLAY IT AS IT LAYS, DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE and the impossibly rare LADYBUG, LADYBUG) to Arthur Penn’s strangely dreamlike neo-noir MICKEY ONE with Warren Beatty, Jerry Schatzberg’s PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD with Faye Dunaway, Richard Rush’s GETTING STRAIGHT with Elliot Gould, John Huston’s FAT CITY, Aram Avakian’s END OF THE ROAD, John Boorman’s POINT BLANK and Michael Ritchie’s PRIME CUT (the last two starring Lee Marvin), these are revolutionary cinematic treasures that could not have been released without the go-for-broke atmosphere of the letting-it-all-hang-out New Hollywood.



Wednesday, March 15 – 7:30 PM

Identity And Love in The New Hollywood – Double Feature:

PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD, 1970, Universal, 105 min. Jerry Schatzberg (SCARECROW), who at one time had worked as a high-fashion photographer, directed this intimate portrait of a supermodel near the end of her tether. Holed-up at a cottage by the sea, Lou Sand (Faye Dunaway) recalls her past in the fast lane in a fractured-time kaleidoscope of bittersweet memories. Excellent Dunaway is supported by a formidable cast, including Roy Scheider, Viveca Lindfors, Barry Primus, Barry Morse. NOT ON VIDEO!

LOVING, 1970, Columbia (Sony Repertory), 89 min. Dir. Irvin Kershner. Successful illustrator, Brooks (George Segal) catches the approaching-middle- age-blues and it impacts everyone around him, especially his lovely wife, Selma (Eva Marie Saint) as well as his two daughters and his mistress (Janis Young). With great support from Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn. "…in the direction of actors, judgment about scenes, and everything that happens in the camera…a fine and gratifying film." – Roger Greenspun, New York Times.

>> Also playing at the Aero, March 12.



Friday, March 17 – 7:30 PM

Frank Perry Tribute Double Feature:

PLAY IT AS IT LAYS, 1972, Universal, 99 min. Director Frank Perry (DAVID AND LISA) delivered many edgy psychological classics, and none is more deserving of rediscovery than this rarely-screened adaptation of Joan Didion’s bestseller, with a screenplay by Didion and her late husband, John Gregory Dunne. Tuesday Weld is at her best as fiercely intelligent Maria, an ex-model on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In-the-closet producer Anthony Perkins is her only friend and Adam Roarke her estranged, director husband trying to jumpstart his career out of the biker-film ghetto. A scathing portrait of Hollywood in the early 1970’s. NOT ON VIDEO!

>> Also playing at the Aero, March 8.

THE SWIMMER, 1968, Columbia (Sony Repertory), 94 min. One of the most unjustly neglected figures of the New Hollywood, director Frank Perry made 10 low-key, razor-sharp dissections of modern morals and relationships between 1962 and 1975. Based on John Cheever’s acclaimed novel, THE SWIMMER follows vigorous, middle-aged Burt Lancaster on a metaphoric journey swimming from backyard pool to backyard pool, headed towards a "home" that may no longer exist. A nostalgic portrait of regret and despair lying beneath the gemlike surface of suburbia, featuring one of Lancaster’s finest performances.

>> Also playing at the Aero, March 8.



Saturday, March 18 – 7:30 PM

Frank Perry Tribute Double Feature:

DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, 1970, Universal, 104 min. Director Frank Perry’s brilliant comedy-drama satirizing the psychological rat race of a middle class married couple in New York City, circa 1970. Carrie Snodgress’ performance as abusive Richard Benjamin’s isolated wife is one of the standout portrayals of the New Hollywood. As Snodgress’ marriage continues to disintegrate, she takes a lover (Frank Langella) to fill up the emotional vacuum. Before long, she finds that this solution is no solution at all. Frank Perry’s spouse and frequent writing collaborator, Eleanor, adapts the best-selling novel by Sue Kaufman. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Alice Cooper’s performance in a swinging party scene. "… great movie making." – Roger Greenspun, New York Times. NOT ON VIDEO!

LADYBUG, LADYBUG, 1963, Columbia (Sony Repertory) 82 min. The release date was well in advance of the birth of the New Hollywood, but this shattering little drama is ample evidence why director Frank Perry was one of the prime progenitors of the era once it finally dawned. His second feature film, after the acclaimed DAVID AND LISA, was inspired by the fear and terror of the Cuban Missile Crisis. A school principal and staff receive warning of an impending nuclear attack, and, unable to confirm the details, they decide to walk all of their young pupils to their nearby homes. Impossibly hard to see today, despite glowing reviews when it was originaly released, Perry once more collaborates with his wife Eleanor in adapting a story by Lois Dickert. With a great cast including William Daniels, Jane Connell, James Frawley and all those great kids. NOT ON VIDEO!



Sunday, March 19 – 6:30 PM

Double Feature:

FAT CITY, 1972, Columbia (Sony Repertory), 100 min. John Huston, his versatility truly liberated by an evolving New Hollywood cinema, directed this gritty, slice-of-life adaptation of Leonard Gardner’s novel about two boxers, one na´ve neophyte (Jeff Bridges), and one on his way down (a brilliant Stacey Keach) with his perpetually drunken mate (the great Susan Tyrell). The faithful evocation of street life in northern California Stockton, its working class heroes and skid row flophouses, where dreams and hopes get crushed out like cigarette butts, is priceless. Also co-starring Candy Clark and Burgess Meredith.

PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 110 min. Then-newcomers Al Pacino and Kitty Winn are a junkie Romeo and Juliet in director Jerry Schatzberg’s harrowing, near-documentary study of heroin addiction on the streets of New York City. Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne’s economic, compassionate screenplay plots the couple’s self-destructive spiral with relentless logic that is neither patronizing nor preachy. A gutwrenching, surprisingly overlooked classic that would never find major studio release today. NOT ON VIDEO!

Discussion between screenings with Actor Alan Vint (PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK) who played Narcotics Detective Hotch.



Wednesday, March 22 – 7:30 PM

Lee Marvin Double Feature:

POINT BLANK, 1967, Warner Bros., 92 min. Director John Boorman’s second feature film really put him on the New Hollywood map and changed the look of action movies for years to come. This hardboiled neo-noir (adapted from The Hunter, the first of a series of novels by Richard Stark) retains the gritty frissons of the best pulp thrillers but is also a brain-twisting deconstruction of narrative. Brilliant from beginning to end, with Lee Marvin as a master thief seemingly back from the dead, out to get payback on the best friend that betrayed him (John Vernon) as well as the shadowy Mob moneymen behind the scenes. With Angie Dickinson, Carroll O’Connor, Keenan Wynn.

PRIME CUT, 1972, Hollywood Classics, 88 min. Director Michael Ritchie was renowned for his biting satires on American life (THE CANDIDATE, THE BAD NEWS BEARS), and here he serves up one of his most subversive. Lee Marvin stars as an expert enforcer, hired by the Irish mob to lower the boom on a homicidal pair of renegade brothers (Gene Hackman, Gregory Walcott) and their meatpacking operation in Kansas City. Zeroing in on the sunny midwest, Ritchie takes potshots at all forms of soul-destroying consumer excess, skewering a culture that, at its worst, puts young women on the same level as cattle. A perfect melding of hard-as-nails gangster saga with dark, dark humor. And as an added bonus, we get to see a very young, enchanting Sissy Spacek in her debut film! Actress Angie Dickinson will appear for discussion between films.


Thursday, March 23 – 7:30 PM

Arthur Penn Double Feature:

NIGHT MOVES, 1975, Warner Bros., 95 min. Dir. Arthur Penn. Gene Hackman plays an ex-football star-turned-private eye whose life unravels when he finds his wife Susan Clark has been unfaithful. Adding to Hackman’s mid-life crisis, his job finding a missing teenager (Melanie Griffith in her first real role) goes abruptly sour in a nightmarish labyrinth of betrayals and sudden death. One of the best neo-noirs, NIGHT MOVES builds to a bonechilling, expertly orchestrated climax. With Jennifer Warren, James Woods.

MICKEY ONE, 1965, Columbia (Sony Repertory), 93 min. This one is so far ahead of its time... we still probably haven’t caught up to it. Released right before the New Hollywood really erupted, it was films like this that paved the way, making the road a little less rough for the more famous trailblazing pictures that followed. Nightclub comic Warren Beatty, on the run from the Mob, flees to Detroit hoping to start a new life—but gangsters are less of a problem than his own personal demons. Dazzlingly shot by Ghislain Cloquet and featuring Stan Getz on the soundtrack, this is a bold and unique achievement for Beatty and director Arthur Penn, who two years later would reteam for a little item called BONNIE AND CLYDE. Written by Alan M. Surgal and co-starring Alexandra Stewart, Jeff Corey, Franchot Tone and Hurd Hatfield. NOT ON VIDEO!



Friday, March 24 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

GETTING STRAIGHT, 1974, Columbia (Sony Repertory), 124 min. Director Richard Rush (THE STUNT MAN) directs this classic tale of Harry Bailey (Elliot Gould), a Viet-Nam vet who is intent on earning his masters degree in English. But he’s caught between the establishment and student protesters, something that causes him escalating consternation as he finds himself unable to trust anyone from either side. Rush manages to capture both the frustration and euphoria of a chaotic era without resorting to stereotypes. The great cast includes Candice Bergen as Harry’s girl, Jan, and Jeff Corey as his mentor, Professor Willhunt. Also co-starring Robert F. Lyons, Cecil Kellaway, Max Julien, Brenda Sykes and Jeannie Berlin. NOT ON VIDEO!

DRIVE, HE SAID, 1972, Columbia (Sony Repertory), 90 min. Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut--initially rated X for a car-seat sex scene and some locker-room exposure--stars William Tepper as a college basketball player who feels "disillusioned and disconnected," especially with so many classmates going off to die in ‘Nam. (Well, there is a sexy professor’s wife [Karen Black] to "console" him.) Bruce Dern gives the performance of his career as the team’s take-no-prisoners coach, and appearing in small roles are no less than Robert Towne, Henry Jaglom, David Ogden Stiers, Cindy Williams, Michael Warren and Charles Robinson. A typically dense, thought-provoking drama from the BBS folks, scripted by Nicholson and Jeremy Larner (and an uncredited Towne) from Larner’s prize-winning novel. "Nicholson deftly illustrates the background cynicism of big time sports against the more obvious cynicism of college life."Variety. NOT ON VIDEO! Due to certain images and subject matter, no one under 17 will be admitted to this screening. Discussion in between films with director, Richard Rush and cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs (GETTING STRAIGHT).



Saturday, March 25 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

END OF THE ROAD, 1970, Allied Artists, 110 min. Director Aram Avakian and screenwriters Terry Southern (THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN) and Dennis McGuire adapt John Barth’s celebrated novel. Stacey Keach is Jake Horner, a college graduate suffering from periodic catatonia who ends up being treated by maverick psychiatrist, James Earl Jones (think Malcolm X channeling Wilhelm Reich and Arthur Janow) at his makeshift sanatorium. Once rehabilitated, Jake gets a job at a small college and, although becoming friends with macho, scoutmaster colleague, Joe (Harris Yulin), he is soon engaged in an affair with Joe’s sensitive wife, Rennie (Dorothy Tristan). A bizarre, alternately tragic/funny cry in the wilderness of the late sixties that is long overdue for rediscovery. "…the strength and horror of the film came in its merging madness with the normal world…gut-twisting…a visionary effort, an attempt to lead us into certain aspects of the contemporary nightmare and leave us there to wander in the dark."- Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times. NOT ON VIDEO!

LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES, 1970, Columbia (Sony Repertory), 102 min. Like fellow ‘old school’ filmmaker John Huston, director William Wyler proves himself up to delivering on the promise of a more open New Hollywood with this scorching look at racism and hypocrisy in a small Southern town. Roscoe Lee Browne throws off sparks as rich, black undertaker, L.B. Jones, a man cuckolded by an amoral wife (an incandescent Lola Falana) and one of the town’s meanest white cops (Anthony Zerbe). When Jones decides he wants a divorce, he suddenly finds himself taking the brunt of escalating harassment from Zerbe, who wants to keep his affair with a black woman a secret. Lee J. Cobb is the town’s D.A., a ‘decent’ man with an ingrained streak of racism. Barbara Hershey is Cobb’s daughter and Lee Majors, her idealistic lawyer husband. With a superb Yaphet Kotto as an angry fugitive with his own axe to grind. Sterling Silliphant and Jesse Hill Ford wrote the screenplay (from Ford’s novel). A surprisingly unflinching, tell-it-like-is movie. Due to certain images and subject matter no one under 17 will be admitted to this screening.