PETULIA

The quintessential sixties movie, one of the great romances of all time, told in a fractured, subjective-memory style. Lots of “horizontal editing”–asides, fantasies, flashbacks.

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TWO FOR THE ROAD

Similar…but instead of bittersweet couple George C. Scott and Julie Christie, this is tart-tongued and acid couple Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. Useful in terms of tone but also its flashbacks and flash forwards.

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PAUL MAZURSKY

Then there is a whole bunch of Paul Mazursky. I think his tone is very spot on for this. Pauline Kael called him “the American Jewish Renoir,” and I think it’s apt. His movies are funny, often satirical, but have an affectionate tone toward the people in them that’s never too cloying. And I think he is one of those rare, rare people who can make POETIC COMEDIES.
So here are a few…

BLUME IN LOVE

George Segal losing his wife, trying to regain his wife, befriending the wife’s new boyfriend…maybe the most poetic and exquisite of all Mazursky’s films.

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NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE

Maybe good for the childhood/adolescence scenes? Paul’s young adulthood in downtown New York seen with a loving and slightly harsh eye.
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WILLIE & PHIL

Mazursky’s late-70s riff on JULES AND JIM.
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BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE

His classic on the fad of the swinger lifestyle, “encounter groups,” and other oddities of bourgeois L.A. in its period.
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Nicolas Roeg

These films by Nicolas Roeg are masterpieces of non-linear time. Roeg cuts forward and backward in the most dazzlingly splintered way. Here are some Roeg classics…

BAD TIMING/A SENSUAL OBSESSION

An American in Vienna (Art Garfunkel) discovers his girlfriend (Theresa Russell) knocked out on pills. A Viennese cop (Harvey Keitel) serves as Garfunkel’s diabolical conscience as he questions him to find out what he did to the girl–knowing he’s not legally culpable, but not innocent either. A magnificent mosaic of sex, death and Klimt paintings in Old Europe.

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Marilyn Monroe’s visit to Albert Einstein’s study becomes a kaleidoscopic portrait of the madness of Fifties America, climaxing in the staggering image of Marilyn’s Seven Year Itch blown-up skirt immolated by a mushroom cloud.
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TRACK 29

Incest, punk rock attitudes, small town life, Tyco train sets–Roeg at his fiery best.
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