DRIVE, HE SAID
1971, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson’s first trip behind the camera as director is a subtle character study about basketball, college and Vietnam. It stands as one of the best sports-related movies ever made and captures the true feeling of the late ’60s/early ’70s college experience. William Tepper is a star basketball player with a drug-addled best friend (Michael Margotta) who is dodging the draft and a faculty-wife girlfriend (Karen Black) bent on giving him the boot. Bruce Dern's performance as the snide, take-no-prisoners coach is masterfully hard-nosed. With Robert Towne and Henry Jaglom in prime supporting roles, and cinematography by Bill Butler. "Nicholson deftly illustrates the background cynicism of big-time sports against the more obvious cynicism of college life." – Variety.


RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT
1979, © 1979 Gary P. Biller, 78 min, USA, Dir: Jeff Margolis

One of the most brilliant stand-up comedians of all-time is at the top of his game in this performance filmed at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California. Pryor’s no-holds-barred observations about sex, drugs, racism, boxing and more will have you aching with laughter. “Probably the greatest of all recorded-performance films.” – Pauline Kael


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