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 DEPARTED
2006, Warner Bros., 151 min, USA/Hong Kong, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Inspired by Hong Kong film INFERNAL AFFAIRS, this riveting drama of divided loyalties will keep you guessing until the very last shot. In an effort to break Boston’s Irish-American mob, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes undercover as part of crime boss Frank Costello’s (Jack Nicholson) crew. What he doesn’t know is that Costello has his own mole (Matt Damon) working in the police force. Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a long-overdue Best Director statuette for Scorsese.


REDS
1981, Paramount, 195 min, USA, Dir: Warren Beatty

A love triangle between radical journalist John Reed (Warren Beatty, who also produced, directed and cowrote the film), socialite Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton) and playwright Eugene O'Neill (Jack Nicholson) gives a human dimension to this insightful look at the birth of communism. Framing the narrative are remembrances from a number of Reed’s contemporaries, whose perspectives bring the era’s optimism and disappointments into even sharper focus. The film earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including wins for Beatty’s direction, Maureen Stapleton’s supporting performance (as activist Emma Goldman) and Vittorio Storaro’s breathtaking cinematography.


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