THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ
1974, Paramount, 120 min, Dir: Ted Kotcheff

Director Ted Kotcheff earned a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and writer Mordecai Richler got an Oscar nomination for this funny and insightful portrait of an ambitious young man from a working-class Jewish family in 1950s Montreal. Richard Dreyfuss is perfect in the title role, making Duddy’s ethical lapses almost endearing as he hustles for a success that might impress his father (Jack Warden). Randy Quaid, Denholm Elliott and Joseph Wiseman costar.


WAKE IN FRIGHT
1971, Drafthouse Films, 108 min, Dir: Ted Kotcheff

Among the films that kickstarted a new wave of Australian cinema in the 1970s, WAKE IN FRIGHT was M.I.A. for decades until this stunning HD restoration. Schoolteacher Gary Bond finds himself stranded in the Outback mining town of Bundanyabba, where Donald Pleasence and the other local drunkards soon reduce him to their primitive level. “WAKE IN FRIGHT is a deeply – and I mean deeply – unsettling and disturbing movie. I saw it when it premiered at Cannes in 1971, and it left me speechless. Visually, dramatically, atmospherically and psychologically, it's beautifully calibrated and it gets under your skin one encounter at a time.” - Martin Scorsese.


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