“Film Comment Double Feature” series continues in July/Aug focus on Jack Nicholson & Hal Ashby

Posted by on 6.26.2013


New York, NY (Jun 26, 2013) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the Film Comment Double Feature lineup for July will focus on Jack Nicholson, as director and on filmmaker Hal Ashby in August.  These screenings are part of an on-going monthly series of repertory double bills, launched in last year. On July 24, the Nicholson directed films Drive, He Said and Goin’ South will screen back to back and will include a DVD giveaway from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s (SPHE) manufacture-on-demand service “Sony Pictures Choice Collection” for some lucky theatergoers. Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory will screen with Shampoo on August 19. Tickets for both events go on sale tomorrow, Thursday June 27.

Kicking off the Film Comment Double Features in July is Drive, He Said (1971), in which 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. An anarchic mix of basketball, sex, guerilla theater, draft dodging and freakouts, the film co-stars Nicholson cohorts Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Robert Towne and Henry Jaglom. In Goin’ South (1978), an 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. Meanwhile his old gang hang around, looking to cash in. Terrific supporting cast—Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Danny DeVito, Veronica Cartwright—and camerawork by the great Nestor Alemendros. Both films screen back to back on July 24, beginning at 6:30PM. As an added bonus, a few lucky theatergoers will receive a DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s (SPHE) manufacture-on-demand service “Sony Pictures Choice Collection” via on onstage drawing prior to each screening in celebration of Drive, He Said being made available through the service.  For more information, go to: http://filmlinc.com/nicholson.

In August, join the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the Film Comment Double Feature: Hal Ashby x 2. Bound for Glory (1976) screens first and is a 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. One of Ashby’s most heartfelt films, it eschews the signature satirical approach of his previous films. Featuring Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Randy Quaid and M. Emmet Walsh and Academy Award-winning camerawork by lefty DP Haskell Wexler. The film also won an Academy Award for Best Score, as well as receiving nominations for Best Picture, Film Editing, Costume Design and Adapted Screenplay. Immediately following this screening, Shampoo (1975) follows with Ashby teamed with Warren Beatty and Robert Towne (who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay) to create a devastating and hilarious satire of sexual and social mores set on the eve of Nixon’s 1968 election victory, with Beatty’s on-the-make, over-sexed Beverly Hills star hairdresser juggling the emotional and physical demands of Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant (in a Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winning performance), Jack Warden—and an 18-year-old Carrie Fisher! Both films screen back to back on August 19, beginning at 6:30PM. For more information, go to: http://filmlinc.com/ashby.

All screenings will take place at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street. Tickets will go on sale for both events on Thursday, June 27. Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for Film Society members. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for additional information.

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize and support new directors, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of film. Among its yearly programming of film festivals, film series and special events, the Film Society presents two film festivals in particular that annually attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, which just celebrated its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award—now named “The Chaplin Award”—to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sidney Poitier. FSLC presents its year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational and transmedia programs and specialty film releases at the famous Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stonehenge Partners, Stella Artois, the Kobal Collection, the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.

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