COOLEY HIGH
1975, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, USA, Dir: Michael Schultz

Like AMERICAN GRAFFITI, this deeply felt recollection of adolescent life on Chicago’s near North Side in 1964 deals with girls, school and police troubles as a group of high-school seniors prepare for life after graduation. The chums are Preach (Glynn Turman), who loves to read poetry and history and wants to become a Hollywood screenwriter, but who has the worst grades in the school; and Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), the high school basketball star and suave lady-killer. Preach has to contend with love problems in the form of Brenda (Cynthia Davis), school problems with emphatic teacher Mr. Mason (Garrett Morris) and law problems with street toughs Stone (Shermann Smith) and Robert (Norman Gibson).


WHO AM I THIS TIME?
1982, SpectiCast, 53 min, USA, Dir: Jonathan Demme

Shy hardware store clerk Christopher Walken becomes a different person when performing in local theater; new arrival Susan Sarandon is cast opposite him in “A Streetcar Named Desire” without realizing that his Stanley Kowalski is just an act. This production for TV’s “American Playhouse” series was adapted from a Kurt Vonnegut short story and features music by John Cale.


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