FIVE EASY PIECES
1970, Sony Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Bob Rafelson

This hard-hitting, brilliantly sarcastic drama follows Bakersfield oil rig worker Jack Nicholson on the run from his former life as a concert pianist (!), with country waitress girlfriend (and Tammy Wynette fan) Karen Black in tow. He returns to visit his Washington island home after his father has a stroke, and things come to a head when he seduces the fiancee (Susan Anspach) of his better-than-thou brother (Ralph Waite). One of the defining films of the New Hollywood, stunningly directed by Bob Rafelson and written by Carole Eastman (under the name Adrien Joyce). Co-starring the great Billy Green Bush as Nicholson’s hapless, redneck friend and Fannie Flagg as Bush’s loyal spouse. "…a masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


HEARTBURN
1986, Paramount, 108 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson star in Nora Ephron’s thinly veiled autobiographical look at the disintegration of her marriage to Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein. New York Magazine food columnist Rachel (Streep) thinks she has the perfect marriage to fellow writer Mark (Nicholson), until she discovers in the midst of her second pregnancy that he is having an affair. With Jeff Daniels, Maureen Stapleton, Stockard Channing, Catherine O’Hara and Milos Forman.


TOMMY
1975, Sony Repertory, 111 min, UK, Dir: Ken Russell

Having already brought an outlandish, hellzapoppin’ quality to such films as THE DEVILS, director Ken Russell was the perfect choice to helm The Who’s landmark rock opera TOMMY, transforming it into a stream-of-consciousness catalog of wild performances from Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson and others.


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