WHAT’S UP, DOC?
1972, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

A luggage mix-up leads to stuffy academic Ryan O’Neal being taken on a wild ride by free spirit Barbra Streisand in this outrageous farce. Working from a precise and hilarious script by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton, director Peter Bogdanovich crafts a tribute to 1930s screwball comedies that is fast, funny and packed with delirious supporting performances; Madeline Kahn is a standout in her screen debut.


AMERICAN GRAFFITI
1973, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: George Lucas

In the middle of the Vietnam- and Nixon-obsessed days of the early 1970s, director George Lucas and producer Francis Ford Coppola switched gears radically with this tender, nostalgic look at drive-ins, drag races and the death of doo-wop in a Northern California town in 1962. Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul LeMat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips and Harrison Ford head a cast of almost complete newcomers, in one of the most purely personal (and phenomenally successful) films of the New Hollywood era. Edited by Verna Fields and Marcia Lucas.


DEATHWATCH
1966, 88 min, USA, Dir: Vic Morrow

Actor Vic Morrow made his directing debut with this low-budget adaptation of Jean Genet’s 1947 play, a triangle between three prison inmates played by Leonard Nimoy, Michael Forest, and future directing legend Paul Mazursky. Sharing a cell, the men engage in complex power struggles and games of manipulation, photographed in stark black-and-white by Vilis Lapenieks and edited by the legendary Verna Fields.


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