The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Ben Gazzara gives one of his greatest performances as the titular Singapore pimp with a heart of gold, who finds time during his various schemes to develop a friendship with Denholm Elliott’s uptight English accountant. Bogdanovich’s adaptation of Paul Theroux’s novel struggled to find its audience at the time of release but was an assured return to form after several misfires. Eschewing his earlier reliance on genre homages for something more open and ambiguous results in a somewhat Cassavetesian vibe, bringing the director’s facility with actors to the fore. With Bogdanovich and George Lazenby in supporting roles.
Also screening on Wed 5 July
Targets (1968) – Wed 21 Jun, 7pm
The Last Picture Show (1971) – Wed 21 Jun, 8.50pm
What's Up, Doc? (1972) – Wed 28 Jun, 7pm
Squirrels to the Nuts (2014/2022) – Wed 28 Jun, 8.50pm
Saint Jack (1979) – Wed 5 Jul, 7pm
At Long Last Love (1975) – Wed 5 Jul, 9.05pm
Born in upstate New York to immigrants who had fled the Nazis, Peter Bogdanovich (1939–2022) will always be remembered as the notable American auteur who took the French path from criticism to filmmaking...
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