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).


HEAVY TRAFFIC
1973, Park Circus/MGM, 77 min, USA, Dir: Ralph Bakshi

The roaring follow-up to FRITZ THE CAT, HEAVY TRAFFIC offers up another highly personalized view of urban America, this time centered on Michael, a down-and-out cartoonist drowning in the sounds of the city around him - pimps, pushers, provocateurs and more.


FRITZ THE CAT
1972, Park Circus/MGM, 78 min, USA, Dir: Ralph Bakshi

Slapped with the first X rating for an animated feature, FRITZ charts the odyssey of a dropout tomcat through 1960s over-indulgence - humping, hash, hippies and Hell’s Angels - as writer R. Crumb originally chronicled it in his comics.


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