Film Lovers’ Two-For-Ones: Jack Nicholson and Hal Ashby


Jack Nicholson in Goin' South (1978)

Cinephiles rejoice! Film Society of Lincoln Center and Film Comment magazine are keeping the art of the double feature alive with two double bills of classic films directed by Jack Nicholson and Hal Ashby.

The work of ever-entertaining actor/director/die-hard sports enthusiast Jack Nicholson will be featured on July 24, starting with Drive, He Said (1970), which was Nicholson’s directorial debut. In it, a college basketball star (William Tepper) and his roommate (Michael Margotta) experience American college ups and downs. Stick around for a screening of Goin’ South (1978), which Nicholson directed and stars in, as a bandit who must marry a spinster to avoid death by hanging. His charismatic supporting cast includes Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Veronica Cartwright and Danny DeVito. Feeling lucky? Good, because after the double feature, there will be a DVD giveaway, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s on-demand service “Sony Pictures Choice Collection.”

August 19's double feature will begin with Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory (1976), which won an Academy Award for Best Score. David Carradine gives a stellar performance as folk singer Woody Guthrie, supported by Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Randy Quaid, and M. Emmet Walsh. After Bound for Glory, Ashby collaborated with screenwriters Warren Beatty and Robert Towne (who won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay) on Shampoo (1975). Warren Beatty stars, in addition to co-writing the script, playing a hairdresser whose personal and professional aspirations culminate along with the Presidential Election of 1968. He is joined by Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, an 18 year old Carrie Fisher, and Lee Grant, who won an Oscar for his supporting role.

Tickets for both events are now on sale, and with two classic movies for the price of one you'll hardly find a better deal in NYC!

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