POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
1990, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Carrie Fisher adapted her semi-autobiographical best-seller about an actress (Meryl Streep) struggling to get her career back on track after a stint in rehab, and to come to terms with her mother (Shirley MacLaine), who had been a star herself a few decades earlier. Streep’s Oscar-nominated performance makes one wish she got more comedic roles and, as usual in a Nichols film, even the smaller parts shine, with Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner and Annette Bening among the supporting cast.


CATCH-22
1970, Paramount, 122 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

After their triumphant collaboration on THE GRADUATE, director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry reunited for this adaptation of Joseph Heller’s satirical WWII novel. The all-star cast includes Alan Arkin, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Jon Voight, Orson Welles and Henry himself.


EYE OF THE DEVIL
1966, Warner Bros., 92 min, UK, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

When French nobleman David Niven is summoned to his vineyard after an unproductive season, he tells wife Deborah Kerr to stay behind. She doesn’t listen, and soon discovers the rural estate is run by ancient pagan practices that exact a terrible toll. With the ever-creepy Donald Pleasance and, as sibling witches, David Hemmings and Sharon Tate (in her first major film role).


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