ENTER LAUGHING
1967, Sony Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner's first feature is an astonishingly assured debut, with a visual polish (thanks largely to veteran cinematographer Joseph Biroc) and a deep sense of personal expression (it was based on Reiner's autobiographical novel of the same name). Reni Santoni plays a young Jewish man who dreams of becoming a comedian during the Depression. Needless to say, his parents think that working in the family drugstore is a safer bet. Even in this early film, Reiner shows his skill at casting secondary roles, with a supporting cast that includes Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jose Ferrer, Jack Gilford, Janet Margolin and Michael J. Pollard.


CALIFORNIA SUITE
1978, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

An all-star cast - including Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Supporting Actress Oscar winner Maggie Smith - sparkles in this Neil Simon-penned comedy, which follows couples in varying stages of fidelity at the Beverly Hills Hotel through four vignettes. "The most agreeably realised Simon film in years." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times


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