Film Comment Double Feature
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Film Comment magazine resurrects the lost art of the double feature with monthly pairings of cinematic classics, cult and otherwise. Enjoy two films for the price of one!
Five Days One Summer (Fred Zinnemann, 1982):
Set in 1932, Zinnemann’s impeccably crafted swan song details the unraveling of a covert love affair between a middle-aged doctor (Sean Connery) and his young niece (Betsy Brantley) during an Alpine mountaineering vacation, precipitated by the attentions of their attractive guide (Lambert Wilson).
Julia (Fred Zinnemann, 1977):
Zinnemann’s penultimate film explores the test of courage faced by celebrated playwright Lillian Hellman (Jane Fonda), whose childhood friend, wealthy heiress Julia (Vanessa Redgrave), asks her to risk her life in the name of the anti-Nazi cause during a trip from Paris to Berlin in 1930s Europe.
Tuesday, December 026:30pm
These adaptations of novels by Sue Kaufman and Philip Roth explore male self-absorption, female masochism, unhappy marriages, mommy issues, and failed love lives.Read more »
Tuesday, July 226:30pm
Where Eagles Dare: In this action packed, high-body-count WWII thriller, commandos Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton and MI6 agent Mary Ure parachute into the Bavarian Alps to rescue a vital allied war planner captured by the Nazis.
X, Y, and Zee: Socialite Elizabeth Taylor takes off the gloves and goes to war when husband Michael Caine takes up with boutique owner Susannah York in this adaptation of Edna O’Brien’s novel.Read more »
Semi-Tough (Michael Ritchie, 1977):
Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson star in this send-up of the self-improvement “human potential movement” set in the world of professional football, adapted from Dan Jenkins’s 1972 novel by veteran screenwriter Walter Bernstein.
The Longest Yard (Robert Aldrich, 1974):
Sentenced to one year in a Florida State Prison for drunk driving, former NFL star Crewe (Reynolds) is blackmailed by the warden (Eddie Albert) to help train the guards’ football team for an upcoming semi-professional championship.
Tuesday, September 166:30pm
BASEketball (David Zucker, 1998): Trey Parker and Matt Stone combine basketball and baseball to invent a new national sport: Baseketball. After achieving superstar status as pro-athletes, they must battle to prevent the ideals of the NLB from being undermined. Journey psyche-outs abound.
Ruthless People (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, 1986): In this black comedy, millionaire Danny DeVito plots to murder obnoxious wife Bette Midler, but embittered former associates Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater kidnap her first. Bill Pullman’s film debut.Read more »
George Roy Hill's post-wartime classics boast stellar casts including Robert Redford, Bo Svenson, Margot Kidder, Susan Sarandon, Michael Sacks, and Valerie Perrine.Read more »
Tuesday, August 266:30pm
Bound for Glory: This visually dazzling account of the politicization and nascent musical career of folk singer Woody Guthrie (brilliantly played by David Carradine) during the early years of the Depression is one of Ashby’s most heartfelt film, eschewing his signature satire mode.
Shampoo: Ashby teamed with Warren Beatty and Robert Towne to create this devastating and hilarious satire of sexual and social mores set on the eve of Nixon’s 1968 election victory.Read more »
A Film Comment Double Feature!
Howard Zieff’s underrated 1975 comedy about the early days of Hollywood western filmmaking Hearts of the West, starring Jeff Bridges and Alan Arkin, on a double bill with his 1973 caper comedy Slither, in which James Caan demonstrates his comedic chops.Read more »
Drive, He Said: Nicholson cast two unknowns—William Tepper as a conflicted college basketball star and Michael Margotta as his unbalanced campus radical roommate—in this lucid and zeitgeist vision of American disenchantment.
Goin' South: In this antic Western comedy, third-rate bandit Nicholson is reprieved from the gallows—provided he marry property-owning spinster Mary Steenbergen, who needs someone to mine for gold.Read more »
The Bridge at Remagen: George Segal, Ben Gazzara, Robert Vaughn and Bradford Dillman star in this underrated World War II action film about an outnumbered army company's battle to hold the the last intact bridge across the Rhine, which will pave the way for the allies final push to Berlin, as the German military attempts to destroy it.
House of Cards: George Peppard stars in this thriller (written by Harriet Frank) as a down-on-his luck writer who becomes caught up in a Europe-wide fascist conspiracy after a French General's widow (Inger Stevens) engages him to be the tutor to her son, the possible target of a kidnapping plot. Featuring Orson Welles.Read more »
Two films by British director Joseph Losey will screen on 35mm prints: The Romantic Englishwoman (1975, 116m) and Modesty Blaise (1966, 119m).Read more »
The Return of the Pink Panther (Blake Edwards, 1975):
A decade after the first two installments of the Pink Panther series, Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards team up again, scaling new heights of comic mayhem and mangled English dialogue at the hands of the incompetent Inspector Clouseau.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (Blake Edwards, 1976):
Peter Sellers’s comic genius is on full display again in the fifth installment of the series, but the great Herbert Lom is not far behind, with his twitching, psychotic Dreyfus, now transformed into a James Bond–style supervillain, taking a central role.
Thursday, October 236:30pm
These two films by consumate storyteller Richard Brooks—one a dynamic heist thriller, the other a gritty Western—feature stellar casts that include Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gene Hackman, James Coburn, and Candice Bergen.Read more »
Wednesday, June 256:30pm
I Wanna Hold Your Hand: A frenetic comedy about four girls’ scheme to meet the Beatles prior to their legendary 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Used Cars: In this caustic, rapid-fire satire, two used-car dealerships fight a battle royale, with Kurt Russell, Jack Warden and a 70s character actor who’s who.
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Two alternative takes on Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic character will screen on 35mm prints: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (Herbert Ross, 1976, 114m) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Billy Wilder, 1970, 125m).Read more »
Steven Soderbergh in person to introduce End of the Road! Q&A with Stacy Keach via Skype!
The Ninth Configuration (William Peter Blatty, 1980): Stacy Keach is the new head of a remote insane asylum for U.S. military personnel—or is he? With Scott Wilson, Ed Flanders, Jason Miller. and Moses Gunn.
End of the Road (Aram Avakian, 1970): Catatonic mental patient Keach begins a new life as a college teacher in this darkly comic John Barth adaptation written by Terry Southern. With James Earl Jones and Harris Yulin.Read more »
The Baby: Social worker Anjanette Corner tries to come to the aid of mentally-impaired “Baby,” a 21-year-old man with the mind of an infant—but mama Ruth Roman and twisted sisters Marianna Hill and Suzanne Zenor don’t take well to interfering do-gooders.
Magnum Force: This superior Dirty Harry sequel pits Clint Eastwood against a vigilante death squad within the San Francisco Police Department.Read more »