Summer film series showcases Hal Ashby's seventies classics

Summer film series showcases Hal Ashby's seventies classics

"The great thing about film is that it really is communal - it is the communal art. The more input you can get, the better it is." - Hal Ashby

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is proud to present the seven unique, incomparable masterpieces that Hal Ashby directed between 1970-1979 during a summer film festival at ImaginOn and Main Library. Beginning July 7, you can experience 'on the big screen' all seven of Ashby's seventies classics in chronological order. And the price of admission? Why, it's FREE, of course!

Hal Ashby was the cinematic equivalent of a supernova. The director's work burned startingly bright for a brief period in the 1970s, before his demons got the better of him, extinguishing his star shortly before his death in 1988 (LA Times). 

The Landlord (1970)

Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Beau Bridges, Pearl Bailey, Diana Sands, Lou Gossett, Lee Grant
113 minutes | Color | Rated PG-13
Saturday, July 7 | 2 p.m.
ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse

A man who lives off his parent's wealth, buys himself an inner-city tenement, in the transitional neighborhood of 1970 Park Slope, Brooklyn, planning to evict all the occupants and construct a luxury home for himself.
 

Harold and Maude (1971)

Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack
Music: Cat Stevens
90 minutes | Color | Rated PG-13
Saturday, July 14 | 2 p.m.
ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse

Young, rich and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

 

The Last Detail (1973)

Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Carol Kane
105 minutes | Color | Rated R
Saturday, August 18 | 2 p.m.
ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse

Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

 

Shampoo (1975)

Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden
109 minutes | Color | Rated R
Saturday, August 25 | 2 p.m.
ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse

Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968.
 

 

 

Bound for Glory (1976)

Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland
147 minutes | Color | Rated PG-13
Saturday, September 8 | 2 p.m.
Main Library's Francis Auditorium

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.
 

 

Coming Home (1978)

Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Jon Voight, Jane Fonda, Brice Dern, Robert Carradine
130 minutes | Color | Rated PG-13
Saturday, October 6 | 2 p.m.
Main Library's Francis Auditorium

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietman falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

 

Being There (1979)

Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden
130 minutes | Color | Rated PG-13
Saturday, November 10 | 2 p.m.
Main Library's Francis Auditorium

A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted adviser to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. Filmed in Asheville's Biltmore Estate.

 


For more information about library film programs, please contact Sam Shapiro.