Hal Ashby,
the forgotten director of the '70s

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His name may be unfamiliar, but he made some of the best American films of the ‘70s. 

If you like Martin Scorsese or Michael Cimino, discover the work of the unjustly overlooked Hal Ashby and his America, by turns funny and moving, political and engaged. A Retrospective of 9 films as overseen by Tarantino, an avid admirer of Hal Ashby’s (you’re in good company!).

The Landlord
  (1970, 1:50)
The white owner of a building in Harlem gets to know his black tenants. This acidic comedy sends up an obtuse bourgeoisie and explores the ground at the confluence of two communities.
Institut Lumière Thu. 10pm | Institut Lumière Sun. 11:30am

Harold and Maude  (1971, 1:31)
Suicidal adolescent Harold meets Maude, an elderly lady who gives him a taste for life. Forget all your preconceived notions about love and just (re) discover one of the most surprising- and famous!- couples of the cinema.
Bron Tue. 8:30 p.m. | Comœdia Wed. 7:30pm | Comœdia Fri. 7:30 p.m. | Pathé Bellecour Sun. 2:30pm

The Last Detail  (1973, 1:44)
Two officers must escort a kleptomaniac from one prison to another. An urban road movie in the 1970s America. Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers.
Comœdia Tue. 6:45pm | Pathé Bellecour Wed. 4:45pm | CNP Sat. 8:15pm | Cinéma Opéra Sun. 5:15pm

Shampoo  (1975, 1:49)
 Serial seducer George Roundy (Warren Beatty) helps himself to (an equally enthusiastic) female clientele at his hair salon. Wide collars, sequins galore, sexual freedom… Long live the ‘70s!!
Comœdia Wed. 11am | Pathé Cordeliers Sat. 5:15pm | Neuville Sun. 5pm

Bound for Glory  (1976, 2:27)
Brilliant biography of the popular American singer Woody Guthrie (David Carradine), whose protest songs, little known outside of the States, have variously influenced Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac and Bruce Springsteen.
Pathé Bellecour Tue. 1:30pm | Comœdia Thu. 9:30pm  | Pathé Bellecour Sat. 7pm

Coming Home  (1978, 2:08)
A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with a soldier who returns home wounded. Hal Ashby, influenced by underground culture, presents one of the first films to treat the trauma of the Vietnam War. Oscars for Jon Voight and Jane Fonda.
Pathé Bellecour Thu. 6:15pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri. 10:45am | Institut Lumière Sun. 5pm

Being There  (1979, 2:10)
The adventures of a simple gardener in a satirical comedy about power and communication. A masterful director of actors, Ashby makes remarkable use of Peter Sellers as a mirror onto an era in complete turmoil.
Pathé Cordeliers Tue. 10:45am | Comœdia Sat. 9:45pm | Pathé Bellecour Sun. 5pm

Second-Hand Hearts (1981, 1:38)
With the help of her somewhat submissive new husband, a strong-willed woman tries to win back custody of her children from her ex-husband. An unfairly forgotten comedy.
Institut Lumière Fri. 2:15pm

8 Million Ways to Die  (1986, 1:50)
A narcotics officer (Jeff Bridges) resigns himself to alcoholism after shooting a drug dealer while a prostitute (Rosanna Arquette) asks him for protection. Ashby’s take on the ‘80s thriller. (Screenplay by Oliver Stone).
Pathé Bellecour Fri. 9:15pm | Institut Lumière theater 2 Sat. 9pm



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