POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
1990, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Carrie Fisher adapted her semi-autobiographical best-seller about an actress (Meryl Streep) struggling to get her career back on track after a stint in rehab, and to come to terms with her mother (Shirley MacLaine), who had been a star herself a few decades earlier. Streep’s Oscar-nominated performance makes one wish she got more comedic roles and, as usual in a Nichols film, even the smaller parts shine, with Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner and Annette Bening among the supporting cast.


THE APARTMENT
1960, Park Circus/MGM, 125 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder

Jack Lemmon ingratiates himself with his corporate colleagues by lending out his apartment for their extramarital affairs - but his promotion plans backfire when he falls head over heels for boss Fred MacMurray’s new gal pal, Shirley MacLaine. Oscar winner for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay (Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond). "By the time he made THE APARTMENT, Wilder had become a master at a kind of sardonic, satiric comedy that had sadness at its center … the summation of what Wilder had done to date, and the key transition in Lemmon's career. … The valuable element in Wilder is his adult sensibility; his characters can't take flight with formula plots, because they are weighted down with the trials and responsibilities of working for a living. In many movies, the characters hardly even seem to have jobs, but in THE APARTMENT they have to be reminded that they have anything else." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA
1970, Universal, 116 min, USA, Dir: Don Siegel

Gunslinger Clint Eastwood is none too happy when nun Shirley MacLaine tags along on his journey through the Mexico desert, but he can't deny his growing attraction to her. As the two traveling partners get mixed up in local politics involving the French and Juarista rebels, an unlikely romance blossoms amidst shootouts and chases courtesy of action specialist Don Siegel. Based on a story by Western legend Budd Boetticher.


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