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.


CATCH-22
1970, Paramount, 122 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

After their triumphant collaboration on THE GRADUATE, director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry reunited for this adaptation of Joseph Heller’s satirical WWII novel. The all-star cast includes Alan Arkin, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Jon Voight, Orson Welles and Henry himself.


TO DIE FOR
1995, Columbia, 106 min, USA, Dir: Gus Van Sant

There’s nothing that up-and-coming TV weather woman Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman, in one of her most audacious performances) won’t do to get what she wants. After marrying a man (Matt Dillon) for his business ties, she feels tied down by his desire for children and seduces a troubled teen (Joachin Phoenix) to get him to eliminate her bothersome husband. Buck Henry’s biting script uses the real-life Pamela Smart case as inspiration for riffs on naked ambition, the justice system and the media circus. Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by director David Cronenberg as a mob hitman! "An irresistible black comedy and a wicked delight." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times


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