BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE
1969, Sony Repertory, 105 min, USA, Dir: Paul Mazursky

A groundbreaking, hilarious and still-pointed satire of sexual hang-ups in America. "We came here for an orgy, didn't we?" says repressed housewife Dyan Cannon, just before she joins Natalie Wood and husbands Elliott Gould and Robert Culp in some classic, late-1960s wife-swapping, hot-tubbing action.


THE LONG GOODBYE
1973, Park Circus/MGM, 112 min, USA, Dir: Robert Altman

Robert Altman deconstructs the private-eye genre while somehow remaining faithful to the spirit of the original Raymond Chandler novel (aided by screenwriter Leigh Brackett, who helped adapt Howard Hawks’ THE BIG SLEEP). Elliott Gould is a smart-aleck, slightly inept Philip Marlowe, a detective seemingly more concerned about feeding a cat than solving a case. He gets drawn into a labyrinth of deceptions and double crosses by friend Terry Lennox (Jim Bouton), a beautiful rich woman (Nina Van Pallandt) with a drunken, genius writer of a husband (Sterling Hayden in a tour de force portrayal), a quietly menacing psychiatrist (Henry Gibson) and a sociopathic gangster (Mark Rydell). Altman rips aside the slick veneer of the Southern California good life revealing the smog-drenched, corrupt underbelly like few other directors before or since.


BUGSY
1991, Sony Repertory, 136 min, USA, Dir: Barry Levinson

Warren Beatty leads an all-star cast as the titular tough guy who turned the desert town of Las Vegas into an oasis for gamblers. Sent to California in the late 1930s, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel falls hard for actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening) as he works to expand the criminal empire of East Coast mobster Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley). Harvey Keitel and Elliott Gould costar in this stylish drama, which earned 10 Academy Award nominations and two wins, for Best Art Direction and Costume Design.


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