OKLAHOMA!
1955, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert and Gloria Grahame headline this dynamic, showstopping version of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The first Hollywood feature released in 70mm – courtesy of producer Michael Todd and the American Optical Co. ("Todd-AO") – OKLAHOMA! features astonishing, revolutionary choreography by Agnes de Mille. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!


DUCK, YOU SUCKER (Uncut Version)
aka A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (GIU LA TESTA)
1971, MGM Repertory, 155 min, Italy, Dir: Sergio Leone

In the last - and least-seen - of Sergio Leone’s epic Westerns, earthy peasant Rod Steiger and Irishman James Coburn (hiding from the I.R.A.) find themselves tossed into the middle of the Mexican Revolution. Widely ignored on its release, DUCK YOU SUCKER looks better and better with each year: Leone’s blend of explosive action and boozy poetry is just strange enough to work. With music by Ennio Morricone.


THE LOVED ONE
1965, Warner Bros., 121 min, USA, Dir: Tony Richardson

Marketed as "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!" this achingly funny, pitch-black comedy could only have been released in the anything-goes era of the 1960s. Judged unfilmable for more than a decade (Luis Buñuel was trying to set it up for years), writer Evelyn Waugh’s spot-on satire of Southern California - specifically the funeral business – finally was brought to the screen in the mid-’60s by director Tony Richardson (TOM JONES) with a screenplay by Terry Southern (CANDY, EASY RIDER) and Christopher Isherwood (!). Robert Morse (Bert Cooper in "Mad Men") plays a British youth visiting his uncle (John Gielgud) in Los Angeles who encounters the weird world of Tinseltown’s mortuary subculture, embodied by twins Henry and Reverend Wilbur Glenworthy (Jonathan Winters in a dual role), embalmer Mr. Joyboy (Rod Steiger) and his beautiful apprentice, Aimee Thanatogenous (Anjanette Comer). With Liberace, Paul Williams, Dana Andrews.


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