HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
1973, Universal, 105 min, USA, Dir: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood directs himself as the hardboiled stranger hired by a town to protect it from outlaws - but this stranger may not be who he seems. As the hypocrisy of the townspeople is stripped away layer by layer, we learn Eastwood has his own tragic past there, which may just be the reason he’s returned. Suspense mounts to the surprising conclusion in Eastwood’s first Western as director and an affectionate tribute to the spaghetti oaters that brought him stardom. With cinematography by Bruce Surtees.


LENNY
1974, MGM/Park Circus, 111 min, USA, Dir: Bob Fosse

Dustin Hoffman plays legendary stand-up comic Lenny Bruce in director Bob Fosse's ambitious biopic. Fosse, aided by Bruce Surtees' gorgeous black-and-white camerawork, provides an impressionistic portrait of a comedian as troubled as he was brilliant and controversial, with standout performances by Hoffman and Valerie Perrine as Lenny's wife, Honey Harlowe.


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