Director: Milos Foreman.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman. USA 1975. 133 mins.
Jack Nicholson is the ingenious, heroic free spirit R.P. ‘Mac’ McMurphy, who leads an uprising in the men’s ward of a psychiatric hospital, run by heartless Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). Adapted from Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient) and Michael Douglas (his first producer role), the brilliant supporting cast includes Danny DeVito – in his first major role – as Martini, Brad Dourif (Billy Bibbit), Christopher Lloyd (Taber) and Will Sampson as Chief Bromden.
Director: Raoul Peck. Featuring: James Baldwin. France/USA 2016. 94 mins.
With unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote – a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three men, we uncover a larger narrative of America’s historical and current denial and irrational relationship with race. Whilst it is partly anchored in the struggle for equality in the ’50s and ’60s, I Am Not Your Negro is about what it means to be black in America today.
Director: Michael Mann.
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Diana Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman. USA 1995. 171 mins.
Two of America’s finest, most charismatic film actors came together for the first time on screen in Michael Mann’s highly intelligent, stylish, violent thriller – and the result is electrifying. An absorbing duel between two men – one the icy cool mastermind of a criminal gang specialising in high-risk, high-yield heists (De Niro), the other the dogged detective assigned to his case (Pacino) – plays out on the battleground of contemporary LA, a moody, ever shifting city of twisted morals and crumbling relationships. Beautifully crafted, superbly paced and boasting a superlative heist gone wrong among several unforgettable sequences, Heat brought Michael Mann the recognition he long deserved as one of America's most talented directors.