Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
Our April early Spring theme is “Disaffected youth–the price of angst.”
We all survived All Fools Day, and now we are busy with tending our blossoming
gardens, and planning our future road trips. Your first road trip can be on film.
Join the Tacoma Film Club this Friday, April 5, 2013, when we screen the classic
drama FIVE EASY PIECES (1970). It was directed by Bob Rafelson, who has
given us 19 films from 1966-2003.
He was a television producer & writer, and
he was one of primary creators of THE MONKEES. Then he met Jack Nicholson,
and they co-wrote the movie HEAD (1968), the pale copy of the Beatles film HELP.
He & Jack Nicholson became fast friends, and they continued to work together for
forty years. Rafelson was considered one of the primary young directors in what
was called the NEW HOLLYWOOD, kind of our version of the French New Wave
cinema. He shared the spotlight with Bogdanovich, Coppola, & Spielberg. He was
one of the producers on EASY RIDER (1969), and he became friends with Dennis
Hopper as well. Some of his best films done with Jack Nicholson included THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS (1972), THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1981),
MAN TROUBLE (1991), BLOOD & WINE (1996). Recently he directed NO GOOD DEED (2002).
Dupea: Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the wheat toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you won’t break any of the rules.
Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken?
Dupea: Yes, I want you to hold it between your knees.
The cinematography was done by Laszlo Kovacs, who has lensed 77 films from 1964-2007. Other films he’s shot included TARGETS (1968), EASY RIDER (1969), THE LAST MOVIE (1971), THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS (1972), PAPER MOON (1973), SHAMPOO (1975), NEW YORK, NEW YORK (1977), MASK (1985) and
RADIO FLYER (1992).
Trivia: Laszlo Kovacs is a good friend of Vilmos Zsigmond, and when they left Hungary, they smuggled out a documentary that revealed the truth about the Russian occupation.
This was the movie that cemented Jack Nicholson’s place on the A-List, that really got him noticed in Hollywood, elevating him out of the Roger Corman films. This film in 2000 was chosen to be put on the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. The musical soundtrack for the film was merely a compilation of Tammy Wynette country songs interspersed with classic pieces by Bach, Mozart, and Chopin.
FIVE EASY PIECES (1970)
Directed by Bob Rafelson @ 98 minutes.
The film stars Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush, Sally Struthers,
Susan Anspach, & Ralph Waite.
Synopsis: A young man has chosen to drop out of his upper class family, giving
up a promising career as a concert pianist to work in the California oil fields and
live with a waitress. When he is contacted by his sister, informing him that his
father is dying, he travels up to Washington State with the waitress in tow, to
make his peace with his family and father.
This film was nominated for four Oscars, and Karen Black did win a Golden
Globe as Best Actress.
Tagline: He rode the fast lane on the road to nowhere.
Rotten Tomatoes reported that this film earned an 86% Critic’s rating, and a
83% Audience positive rating.
Wesley Lovell of CINEMA SIGHT wrote,”This is an American entry in the French
New Wave starring a compelling Jack Nicholson.”
Neil Smith of TOTAL FILM wrote, “This is both a spirited road movie and an existential journey.”
VARIETY reported, “Nicholson’s performance is a remarkably varied and daring exploration of a complex character, equally convincing in its manic and sober aspects.
Joshua Rothkopf of TIME OUT NEW YORK wrote, “This film is a brilliant gem of
American psychological realism.”
So mark your personal calendars and be sure to join us on Friday, April 5, 2013, and watch Bob Rafelson’s great film FIVE EASY PIECES (1970). It will screen at the Center for Spiritual Living, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of J Street & Division, right across the street from the Group Health hospital. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. We spend the first hour downstairs in the kitchen area, involved in fellowship, film conversations, and the enjoyment of snacks & beverages that are brought to share. We are permitted to bring wine if anyone is so inclined. At 7:15 p.m. we all head up to the sanctuary to watch the movie–no food or beverages may be brought into that area. We have a donation box in the sanctuary, and these collected funds assist us in renting the space for our events, and help to cover the Club’s other expenses. FIVE EASY PIECES is 98 minutes long, so the movie should be over 9:15 p.m. See you there!