Monday, November 11, 2013

The Last Detail (1973)

WHO: Jack Nicholson stars in this.

WHAT: In the early 1970s, Nicholson was consistently stretching himself as an actor in just about every role, something that occurred far less frequently (if at all) after his first Best Actor Academy Award for 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. One of the best performances he gave during this period was in The Last Detail, where he played a Navy MP giving a young petty thief one last fling in the big city on the way to escorting him to Portsmouth Naval Prison. Swearing like a sailor and, as Richard Armstrong writes, "coming on with the pugnacity of a James Cagney or the young Kirk Douglas", he propels the film into uncharted waters, just as his performances in the subsequent Chinatown and The Passenger do in those films.

WHERE/WHEN: Today only at the Castro Theatre at 4:50 and 9:15.

WHY: Happy Veterans Day!

HOW: DCP, on a double-bill with a 35mm print of From Here To Eternity.

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