HAIR
1979, Park Circus/MGM, 121 min, West Germany/USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Milos Forman’s adaptation of the tribal rock musical stars John Savage as Claude, a quiet young man from the Midwest who becomes friendly with a group of New York hippies on his way to begin basic training in the military. The repressed Claude is quite taken with Berger (Treat Williams) and the group of freedom seekers who reside in Central Park. The group encourages Claude to go after a debutante named Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo). Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp masterminded the dances, which flow from the natural settings of the film. With most of the better-known songs from the original play, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Good Morning Starshine” and the title number.


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
SEN NOCI SVATOJÁNSKÉ
1959, 72 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Jiří Trnka

This bewitching adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic fairy tale is a masterpiece of surpassing, balletic beauty that plays out amidst a garlanded, pastel dreamscape.


THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, PART TWO
1986, Park Circus/MGM, 89 min, USA, Dir: Tobe Hooper

Director Tobe Hooper trades gritty reality and unease for satire and stylized visuals in this very different but no less assured sequel to his original masterpiece. Dennis Hopper plays a Texas lawman on the trail of Leatherface and his clan, who have found a way to profit from their homicidal tendencies: the creation of prize-winning chili made from their victims.


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