THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN
1969, Paramount, 93 min, UK, Dir: Joseph McGrath

Eccentric millionaire Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) knows that most folks will do anything for money and sets out to prove it with the help of his adopted hobo son, Ringo Starr, in this riotously funny satire, scripted by Terry Southern and director McGrath from Southern’s novel. Anarchy reigns with hilarious cameos along the way by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski and Raquel Welch. (Beatle Paul penned the theme song, "Come and Get It.")


ZARDOZ
1974, 20th Century Fox, 105 min, UK, Dir: John Boorman

The title of this cult sci-fi favorite derives from THE WIZARD OF OZ, and from the sight of Sean Connery’s red-suspendered Speedo costume, it’s clear that we’re not in Kansas anymore. In one of his first post-Bond films, Connery plays Zed, an Exterminator who helps keep the race of Brutals in line for their rulers, the Eternals, in a post apocalyptic Earth society. With Charlotte Rampling.


BECKET
1964, Paramount, 148 min, UK/USA, Dir: Peter Glenville

Peter O’Toole’s first turn as Henry II sees the king immersed in a complicated friendship with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Richard Burton). This exquisitely mounted historical drama earned a dozen Oscar nominations, including a win for Edward Anhalt’s adapted screenplay. With John Gielgud.


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