Academy to Salute Maverick Filmmaker Hal Ashby
“Harold and Maude” to Kick Off Weekend Retrospective Screening Series
Beverly Hills, CA (June 16, 2009) — Cameron Crowe and Peter Bart will host a free-wheeling discussion with panelists including Jon Voight, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Diablo Cody, Haskell Wexler and Jeff Berg as part of special Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences salute to Oscar®-winning film editor and director Hal Ashby on Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Ashby’s 1971 bittersweet romance “Harold and Maude.” The salute also will kick off a weekend retrospective screening series at the Linwood Dunn Theater, featuring five new prints of Ashby’s films from the Academy Film Archive.
Ashby began his career as a film editor; he was nominated twice in the category, winning in 1967 for “In the Heat of the Night.” He made his directorial debut in 1970 with “The Landlord.”
Ashby applied his unconventional storytelling style to a series of films that uniquely combine the humor and pathos of everyday life within a broad range of subjects, from returning Vietnam War veterans to Hollywood hairdressers.
In 1978 Ashby was nominated for directing the anti-war drama “Coming Home,” a film that received eight Academy Award® nominations and went on to win three Oscars® including Actor in a Leading Role and Actress in a Leading Role for Voight and Jane Fonda. Ashby died in 1988.
The complete schedule for the Ashby retrospective screenings is as follows:
Friday, June 26, 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater
“The Landlord” (1970)
Ashby made his directorial debut with this poignant comedy in which a wealthy young man buys a Brooklyn apartment building and plans to displace the mostly black tenants, before personal relationships cause him to rethink his intentions.
Cast: Beau Bridges, Pearl Bailey, Diana Sands, Louis Gossett, Lee Grant
Academy Award nominee: Actress in a Supporting Role (Grant)
This classic tale of womanizing and blowouts in the fast lane of the swinging ‘60s was written by the film’s star, Warren Beatty, and the Oscar-winning writer of “Chinatown,” Robert Towne.
Cast: Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, Jack Warden
Academy Award winner: Actress in a Supporting Role (Grant)
Academy Award nominee: Actor in a Supporting Role (Warden), Art Direction (Richard Sylbert, W. Stewart Campbell; Set Decoration: George Gaines), Writing – Original Screenplay (Robert Towne, Beatty)
Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater
“The Last Detail” (1973)
Two career sailors are assigned to deliver a young petty thief to the brig for an eight-year stint, and along the way they decide to show him a thing or two about life, drinking and sex.
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane, Michael Moriarty
Academy Award nominee: Actor in a Leading Role (Nicholson), Actor in a Supporting Role (Quaid), Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (Robert Towne)
“Coming Home” (1978)
This profoundly moving anti-war film portrays the personal drama of a romance between a disabled vet and the wife of an Army captain.
Cast: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Robert Carradine, Robert Ginty
Academy Award winner: Actor in a Leading Role (Voight), Actress in a Leading Role (Fonda), Writing – Screenplay written directly for the screen (Story by Nancy Dowd; Screenplay by Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones)
Academy Award nominee: Actor in a Supporting Role (Dern), Actress in a Supporting Role (Milford), Directing (Ashby), Film Editing (Don Zimmerman), Best Picture (Jerome Hellman, producer)
Sunday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater
“Being There” (1979)
Peter Sellers portrays an isolated and apparently simpleminded gardener whose entire worldview is shaped by what he has seen on television. His subsequent celebrity exposes the follies of contemporary culture.
Cast: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart
Academy Award winner: Actor in a Supporting Role (Douglas)
Academy Award nominee: Actor in a Leading Role (Sellers)
Tickets to each evening of the Ashby retrospective screenings as well as June 25 salute featuring “Harold and Maude,” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. Doors open one-hour prior to the event. All seating is unreserved.
The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood.
For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.