Friday, March 19, 2010

Revival: Shampoo


Saturday, March 20 at Noon
Monday, March 22 at 7PM
Thursday, March 25 at 9PM.

1975. Dir. Hal Ashby. Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant. 109m.

"At some point the bottom fell out of the American sex farce and romance moved back in. But 25 years ago, "Shampoo" was a jigsaw puzzle of carnal knowledge deceptively told through the eyes of its nymphomaniac hairdresser (Warren Beatty) and from the perspective of both genders. Directed by Hal Ashby and written by Beatty and Robert Towne ("Chinatown"), the film is an elaborate roundelay of sex, a screwball masterpiece that's inspired everything from "Three's Company" and Beck's "Midnite Vultures" to the Clinton Administration. Opening on the eve of the '68 presidential election in the Hollywood Hills and ending the next day with Nixon and Agnew's victory, "Shampoo" has Beatty's George bed-hopping while trying to get a loan to open his own shop, presumably so he can settle down with actress girlfriend Jill (Goldie Hawn). George is a player so addicted to women that, as Hawn puts it, he's incapable of love. The beauty of Beatty's performance - and it remains his best - is that George is miserable. His infidelity is like a curse whose shame he wears from his first come-on right through intercourse." (SF Examiner)

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