THE CHOCOLATE WAR
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 100 min, USA, Dir: Keith Gordon

The triumphant return of one of the most criminally overlooked movies of the 1980s! This dazzling directorial debut by actor Keith Gordon (MOTHER NIGHT, SINGING DETECTIVE) is based on the book by Robert Cormier and compares favorably with J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Lindsay Anderson’s IF… for depicting the often surreal absurdity of boarding-school life. Ilan Mitchell-Smith is a student who resists the orders of headmaster Brother John (John Glover) to participate in a school-wide chocolate-selling fundraiser. He consequently incurs the wrath of the students’ fascist secret society, run by Wallace Langham and Adam Baldwin, who go to ridiculous lengths to break his will. Yaz and Peter Gabriel combine for one of the most haunting soundtracks of all time.


HAROLD AND MAUDE
1971, Paramount, 91 min, Dir: Hal Ashby

Producer Robert Evans fought hard for nonconformist editor-turned-filmmaker Hal Ashby to be allowed to direct this wildly offbeat romance between suicidal youngster Bud Cort and eccentric, 80-year-old Ruth Gordon. The result is one of the most poignant and subversive films of the New Hollywood era.


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