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!


DRIVE, HE SAID
1971, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson’s first trip behind the camera as director is a subtle character study about basketball, college and Vietnam. It stands as one of the best sports-related movies ever made and captures the true feeling of the late ’60s/early ’70s college experience. William Tepper is a star basketball player with a drug-addled best friend (Michael Margotta) who is dodging the draft and a faculty-wife girlfriend (Karen Black) bent on giving him the boot. Bruce Dern's performance as the snide, take-no-prisoners coach is masterfully hard-nosed. With Robert Towne and Henry Jaglom in prime supporting roles, and cinematography by Bill Butler. "Nicholson deftly illustrates the background cynicism of big-time sports against the more obvious cynicism of college life." – Variety.


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