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Fri, May 13, 2011
7:30pm
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LONESOME COUNTRY: AN IN PERSON TRIBUTE TO MONTE HELLMAN
Double Feature! Monte Hellman In Person!
COCKFIGHTER / THE SHOOTING
Discussion between films with director Monte Hellman.
COCKFIGHTER
1974, Concorde-New Horizons, 83 min, USA, Dir: Monte Hellman

Monte Hellman, adapting the novel by Charles Willeford (Miami Blues), follows stubborn loner Warren Oates, who had been disqualified from receiving a Cockfighter of the Year award due to his boisterous, intoxicated behavior during a match. Oates takes a vow of silence until he wins again, and we follow him on his lonely odyssey, trying to regain his lost sense of worth as he partners up with fast-talking gambler Omar (Richard B. Shull) and plans for the future with his sweetheart (Patricia Pearcy). Filmed on Georgia locations (cockfighting reportedly was still legal there) by Nestor Almendros, director Hellman creates another austere slice-of-life road saga, remaining true to the seedy milieu but bringing a compassion and insight to the characters indicative of his agile and elegant strengths as a filmmaker. With an exceptional cast that includes Harry Dean Stanton, Millie Perkins, Troy Donahue, Laurie Bird, Ed Begley, Jr., Steve Railsback and a cameo by novelist Charles Willeford.


THE SHOOTING
1966, 82 min, USA, Dir: Monte Hellman

A western like no other, Monte Hellman’s existential masterpiece follows a wary bounty hunter (Warren Oates) hired to escort a snarling little vixen (Millie Perkins) across the desert - searching for what? Along the way, they’re shadowed by demonic gunfighter Jack Nicholson (pure malevolence) as they all ride closer to some hellish reckoning. With former TV Western star Will Hutchins. "Bizarre, hallucinatory and absolutely hypnotic." - Tom Milne.


Screening formats: Beta SP (COCKFIGHTER) and 35mm (THE SHOOTING)
Egyptian Theatre • Fri, May 13, 2011 • 7:30pm
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