CAR WASH
1976, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: Michael Schultz

A disco flurry of afros, bell-bottoms and big boat cars, this classic comedy takes place at the DeLuxe car wash. Among the most memorable visitors to the establishment are Daddy Rick (Richard Pryor), the Taxi Driver (George Carlin) and the Mad Bomber (Professor Irwin Corey). With a Top 10 hit title song by Rose Royce. “It's one thing to have an idea like this - a zany, sometimes serious day in the life of a car wash - and another thing to make it work. But the screenplay and the direction juggle the characters so adroitly, this is almost a wash-and-wax MASH.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


THE STORY OF A THREE DAY PASS
LA PERMISSION
1968, Xenon Pictures, 87 min, France, Dir: Melvin Van Peebles

Legendary director Melvin Van Peebles delivers a biting indictment of racism in this transgressive love story based on his book, La Permission. THE STORY OF A THREE-DAY PASS follows Turner (Harry Baird), a black U.S. soldier stationed at a military base outside Paris, who is smitten with Miriam (Nicole Berger), a sensitive young woman he meets at a nightclub. A romance ensues, eventually sparking the attention of Turner’s disapproving captain (Hal Brav) and inviting angry insults from others.


PANDORA’S BOX
DIE BÜCHSE DER PANDORA
1929, Janus Films, 110 min, Germany, Dir: G.W. Pabst

As Henri Langlois once thundered, “There is no Garbo! There is no Dietrich! There is only Louise Brooks!” Here she proves it with one of the wildest performances of the silent era, as the dancer-turned-hooker Lulu who attracts men like moths to a candle. Politicians, titans of industry and the aristocracy are all part of the milieu Lulu inhabits as the story begins; her eventual descent to a criminal underworld underlines the fragility of German society between the wars. The combination of Brooks and director G.W. Pabst (“It was sexual hatred that engrossed his whole being with its flaming reality,” she once said) is still astonishing.


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