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Wednesday August 24th: Alt Screening!

7:30 at 92Y Tribeca [Program & Tix]

Presented by 92YTribeca & Alt Screen!

 

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) is the closing screening in our retrospective of director Paul Mazursky, a neglected heavyweight of New Hollywood comedy whose popular revival is long overdue.

 

Sam Wasson, author of Paul on Mazursky, a new book of interviews with the director, will introduce the screening. Wasson has an introductory profile of Mazursky that’s definitely worth your time:

 

Sam Wasson Paul Mazursky

 

The program-notes synopsis:

Bob and Carol Sanders (Robert Culp and Natalie Wood) take their bourgeois marriage up to the Esalen Institute for a weekend of encounter groups, scream therapies and really far out Seventies honesty. When they return to Los Angeles, everything’s beautiful. But Ted and Alice Henderson (Elliot Gould and Dyan Cannon), their best friends, just don’t get it.

 

When Carol proudly announces that Bob had an affair (“Isn’t it beautiful?”), Alice really loses her patience and, soon after, her sex drive, while Ted entertains erotic fantasies. There’s something seriously wrong between them—maybe Bob and Carol have a point? Bob certainly thinks so, despite some bumpiness when he comes home to find Carol postcoital with Horst, her tennis instructor.

 

So naturally, when Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice find their way into a Vegas hotel room, a ménage a quatre is on everyone’s minds. Once the topic comes up, though, everyone chokes. Everyone, that is, except for newly groovy Alice, who strips and screams “Orgy, orgy, orgy!” One thing leads to another, and…

 
Here’s what the critics said:

“A slick, whorey movie, and the liveliest American comedy this year.
It’s unabashedly commercial, the kind of commercial picture that succeeds with audiences by going just a little father than they expect….Sophisticated popular comedy isn’t Hollywood’s stock-in-trade anymore; this picture is a bit more unusual than it may seem.”

– Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

 

“As classical as it is modern, a perfect convergence of
old-style Hollywood storytelling and contemporary social comedy…
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice works as a cultural artifact of its time, yet its insights into sex and friendship still feel remarkably fresh. This is partly due to the witty screenplay by Paul Mazursky [and] Larry Tucker, who infuse their satire with a surprising amount of affection. This delicate balance of tone would be impressive coming from a veteran director, let alone a first-timer.”

– Jim Hemphill, American Cinematographer

 

“Genius! Elliot Gould emerges, not so much a star, more of a “personality.” He’s very funny.
Robert Culp is the essence of the sagging, dissipated early-middle-age swinger. Dyan Cannon is better than Natalie Wood, and Natalie Wood is better than I expected.”

-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

“As the ultimate middle-class comedy director, Paul Mazursky
had a grand time in the late 60s and early 70s toying with the titillations offered by the counterculture without ever really succumbing to them, and this movie, about mate swapping, was one of his most successful (at the box office) ambivalently pitched forays in that direction.”

– Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Complete Listings

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___92YTribeca___
BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE
Paul Mazursky | 1969 | US | 105min
*Intro by Sam Wasson, author of Paul on Mazursky
“Paul Mazursky,” co-presented by Alt Screen
7:30

 

___Asia Society___
THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS
Anurag Kashyap | 2010 | India | 103min
*Q&A w/Kashyap and actress Kalki Koechlin; reception
7:00

 

___BAMcinématek___
READ MY LIPS
Jacques Audiard | 2001 | France | 115min
“10 Years of Magnolia Pictures”
4:30, 6:50, 9:15

 

___Film Forum___
THE PROFESSIONALS
Richard Brooks | 1966 | UK | 117min
“Robert Ryan”
1:10, 3:30, 8:20

 

GOD’S LITTLE ACRE
Anthony Mann | 1958 | US | 117min
“Robert Ryan”
6:00

 

___Film Society of Lincoln Center___
QUERIDA VOY A COMPRAR CIGARRILLOS Y VUELVO
Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat | 2011 | Argentina | 80min
“Latinbeat”
4:30

 

LITTLE VOICES
Jairo Carrillo | 2010 | Colombia | 75min
“Latinbeat”
6:30

 

NO RETURN
Miguel Cohan | 2010 | Argentina | 100min
“Latinbeat”
8:35

 

___IFC Center___
BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY
Constance Marks | 2011 | US | 76min
“DocuWeeks”
5:35, 9:50

 

A BITTER TASTE OF FREEDOM
Marina Goldovskaya | 2011 | Sweden/US/Russia | 90min
“DocuWeeks”
1:50, 7:20

 

THE CARRIER
Maggie Betts | 2010 | US/Zambia | 88min
“DocuWeeks”
3:35, 9:45
 

___IFC Center ct’d___
HELL AND BACK AGAIN
Danfung Dennis | 2011 | UK/US | 88min
“DocuWeeks”
12:00, 1:45 
 

THE TINIEST PLACE
Tatiana Huezo | 2011 | Mexico/El Salvador | 104min
“DocuWeeks”
3:30, 7:25

 

TO BE HEARD
Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer, and Amy Sultan | 2010 | US| 87min
“DocuWeeks”
12:05, 5:20

 

___Mid-Manhattan Library___
ROCKETSHIP X-M
Kurt Neumann | 1950 | US | 77min
*Hostrd by Karen Ginman; short discussion to follow
“Sci-Fi Summer Film Series”
7:00

 

___Museum of Modern Art___
IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PARTS I AND II
Sergei Eisenstein | 1944-1946 | USSR | approx. 180min
“An Auteurist History of Film”
1:00

 

MOSTLY MARTHA
Sandra Nettlebeck | 2001 | Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy | 105min
“Carte Blanche: Dieter Kosslick, the Culinary Cineaste”
4:00

 

SIDEWAYS
Alexander Payne | 2004 | US | 126min
“Carte Blanche: Dieter Kosslick, the Culinary Cineaste”
7:00

 

___reRun Gastropub Theater___
A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE
Adam Wingard | 2010 | US/Japan | 85min
10:00

 

A Top Secret New Film by Trent Harris
*Harris in person
7:00

 

___Riverside Library___
CAPOTE
Bennett Miller | 2005 | Canada/US | 114min
11:00 a.m.

 

___Socrates Sculpture Park___
Silent Film Fest
*Silent films with live music at 7:00
*Pie social (bring your own!)
Dusk

Paul Mazursky Retrospective at 92YTribeca, co-presented by Alt Screen

 

Wednesday, August 10 at 7:30

AN UNMARRIED WOMAN

Mazursky | 1978 | US | 124m

Wednesday, August 17th at 7:30

NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE
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Wednesday, August 24th at 7:30

BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE
Mazursky | 1969 | US | 105m

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