V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Five Easy Pieces

V' 16

Five Easy Pieces

Bob Rafelson
USA, 1970
98min, OF

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Five Easy Pieces

Bob Rafelson
USA, 1970
, 98min, OF

Actors: 
Jack Nicholson
Robert Eroica Dupea
Karen Black
Rayette Dipesto
Susan Anspach
Catherine Van Ost
Lois Smith
Partita Dupea
Billy Green Bush
Elton
Screenplay: 
Carol Eastman (as Adrien Joyce) based on a story by Bob Rafelson and Carol Eastman
Camera: 
László Kovács
Editor: 
Christopher Holmes
Gerald S. Shepard
Composer: 
J.S. Bach
Mozart
Chopin
Tammy Wynette
Costume: 
Bucky Rous

Production: 
BBS Productions, Columbia Pictures, Raybert Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Bobby Dupea, the drifting son of a middle-class family, works on oilrigs in the South. One day, he resigns his job, heading to alaska, leaving rayette, his girlfriend behind.
Bobby uses his alienation, his rootlessness, his “freedom” as a way of getting himself out of difficult situations. When things begin to turn sour, he can always say, “I don’t belong here,” and move on. Although the film expects us to share Bobby’s scepticism towards clichés, it does not ignore the moral appraisals that he scoffs at so cavalierly. We can see that rayette is utterly dependent on him, and that he has encouraged her quite recklessly, without any concern about what she may suffer whenever he decides to move on. (Beverly Walker)

In the presence of Kenneth Lonergan

 

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