MOVIES WITH MARK
Join film critic and journalist Mark Naglazas on the last Sunday of each month: when the credits roll, the discussion begins!
The first Movies with Mark event kicks off with and an advance screening of HAL: a new documentary on the late, great American director Hal Ashby, whose films during the 1970s – Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Bound for Glory, Coming Home and Being There – is one of the greatest runs by a director in movie history. The American cinema of the 1970s is widely regarded Hollywood’s second golden age. And arguably the most “seventies” of those directors is Hal Ashby, the long-haired, bespectacled Oscar-winning editor (In the Heat of the Night) whose use of documentary techniques and improvisation and whose anti-establishment politics and approach made him a magnet for A-list talent such as Jane Fonda and Jon Voigt but a thorn in the side of Hollywood. Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.
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Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980's Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.
In HAL, director Amy Scott offers a fascinating biography of the filmmaker, that examines his life and work through interviews with Jon Voight, Rosanna Arquette, Beau Bridges, Robert Towne, Jane Fonda, and Judd Apatow, and many others.
“Scott has dug very deep to unearth a great deal of valuable information in the way of diverse commentary and visual documentation, the end result being a very keen appreciation of a key figure from one of Hollywood’s most fascinating and rewarding eras.” Hollywood Reporter.
EXPERIENCE THREE OF HIS BEST
To experience the great work of Hal Ashby we'll also be screening his classics at Luna Outdoor cinema:
5 Apr Shampoo
6 & 8 Apr Harold and Maude
7 Apr Being There