ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
1975, Saul Zaentz Company, 133 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

This acclaimed adaptation of Ken Kesey´s 1962 best-selling novel stars Jack Nicholson as R.P. McMurphy, a free-spirited rogue who tries to use his chutzpah and ingenuity to take over the ward of a mental hospital, only to come up against the inflexible Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). With its madhouse setting symbolizing the battle of one individual against the system, this powerful film features an unforgettable ensemble of characters (including Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif in early performances) and became the first film since IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT to sweep the top five Academy Award categories.


THE CHINA SYNDROME
1979, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Dir: James Bridges

The title of this riveting thriller refers to the possibility that a malfunction at a nuclear power plant could cause radioactive material to melt through the floor, “all the way to China.” Bright and ambitious TV reporter Jane Fonda is on assignment with her cameraman Michael Douglas at a Southern California power plant when she learns of an impending control-room crisis involving plant supervisor Jack Lemmon. While the nuclear power industry greeted the film’s premiere with howls of protest, the Three Mile Island accident that followed less than two weeks later gave it a chilling credibility.


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