HARDCORE
1979, Sony Repertory, 109 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

This underrated drama from writer-director Paul Schrader is anchored by one of George C. Scott’s greatest performances. He plays Jake Van Dorn, a conservative Midwestern businessman whose daughter disappears during a church-sponsored trip to California. Horrified to learn she may now be working in the L.A. porn industry, Van Dorn enlists a sleazy private investigator (Peter Boyle) and a wary streetwalker (Season Hubley) to find the girl.


DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID
1982, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Carl Reiner

Steve Martin is a private eye who interacts with some of film noir’s iconic characters thanks to gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and some extremely creative editing. Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alan Ladd and Ingrid Bergman (whose scenes were repurposed from NOTORIOUS) are just some of the famous faces you’ll spot!


INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)
1978, Park Circus/MGM, 115 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

A deftly handled, scary reimagining of both Jack Finney’s source novel and Don Siegel’s original 1956 movie, with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams and Leonard Nimoy trying to deal with the sudden influx of body-snatching alien seed pods in the San Francisco Bay Area. With Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Lelia Goldoni and Don Siegel as a cab driver. Cinematography by Michael Chapman (RAGING BULL, TAXI DRIVER).


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