HEAD
1968, Rhino Entertainment, 86 min, USA, Dir: Bob Rafelson

This head-tripping psychedelic delight, written and produced by Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson, stars Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones - better known as The Monkees. The film succeeded in demolishing the group’s mythology and in creating its own, fracturing their cheeky TV image (and helping lay the groundwork for MTV) with this insane collage of surreal sketches and visual jokes. Features a mind-blowing gallery of 1960s icons including Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Sonny Liston and Frank Zappa, not to mention a bizarre cameo by Victor Mature!


FIVE EASY PIECES
1970, Sony Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Bob Rafelson

This hard-hitting, brilliantly sarcastic drama follows Bakersfield oil rig worker Jack Nicholson on the run from his former life as a concert pianist (!), with country waitress girlfriend (and Tammy Wynette fan) Karen Black in tow. He returns to visit his Washington island home after his father has a stroke, and things come to a head when he seduces the fiancee (Susan Anspach) of his better-than-thou brother (Ralph Waite). One of the defining films of the New Hollywood, stunningly directed by Bob Rafelson and written by Carole Eastman (under the name Adrien Joyce). Co-starring the great Billy Green Bush as Nicholson’s hapless, redneck friend and Fannie Flagg as Bush’s loyal spouse. "…a masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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