ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE
1973, Park Circus/MGM, 114 min, USA, Dir: James William Guercio

Arizona motorcycle cop John Wintergreen (Robert Blake) is an ambitious rookie who dreams of being promoted. He gets his wish when an apparent murder leads to an assignment with homicide, but Wintergreen soon realizes that he identifies more with the hippies his partners harass than with his fellow detectives. Trying to solve a murder while dealing with departmental politics, Wintergreen is quickly disillusioned in this blend of Western and urban cop drama. Keep a sharp eye out for members of Chicago, cast in small roles by director James William Guercio, who also managed the band at the time.


FIVE EASY PIECES
1970, Sony Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Bob Rafelson

This hard-hitting, brilliantly sarcastic drama follows Bakersfield oil rig worker Jack Nicholson on the run from his former life as a concert pianist (!), with country waitress girlfriend (and Tammy Wynette fan) Karen Black in tow. He returns to visit his Washington island home after his father has a stroke, and things come to a head when he seduces the fiancee (Susan Anspach) of his better-than-thou brother (Ralph Waite). One of the defining films of the New Hollywood, stunningly directed by Bob Rafelson and written by Carole Eastman (under the name Adrien Joyce). Co-starring the great Billy Green Bush as Nicholson’s hapless, redneck friend and Fannie Flagg as Bush’s loyal spouse. "…a masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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