BLUE RASCAL CINEMA | THE LAST DETAIL

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11

THE LAST DETAIL   (1973)
Directed by Hal Ashby
104 minutes
In English with English subtitles

The entire career of Jack Nicholson can be roughly broken up into two categories….the films that have been over-seen, and those that have been under-seen. Of the films that have been criminally suppressed and under-seen, THE LAST DETAIL is one of the very best. Many feel that its actually the best film of Nicholson’s entire career. Directed by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Coming Home) and based Darryl Ponicsan’s novel, it tells the story of two Navy Patrol guards who are in charge of taking a young sailor to a military prison for an eight year sentence for petty theft. The prisoner they have to escort is a inexperienced kid, and they feel sorry for him since they know its his last few days of relative freedom…so they try to give him a good time before he is locked up. That’s all I want to say about the film (I would rather the film unfold for itself), along with the fact that it has a great script and cinematography and direction.

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One viewer’s comments

“At the time of its 1973 release it was chiefly noted as the most profane film to achieve a mainstream release. The passage of time has dimmed that profanity’s bite, but nothing can dim the power of its performances, it’s darkly funny story, or the director’s bitter vision of both life in the Navy and the urban decay of 1970s America.The performances are excellent throughout. It is a film that allows us to see what Nicholson could do before he became immured in the trappings of his own fame and collapsed into self-caricature: he is every bit as good here as he would be in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and CHINATOWN. In spite of the notoriety it received upon release, like many of the best films of the 1970s THE LAST DETAIL has fallen through the cracks to become a largely unsung classic. Fashion changed, and with the advent of Ronald Regan, the stock market boom, and two decades of heavy-handed materialism Americans abandoned their cinematic realism and social statement in favor of big budget, special effects heavy, and largely escapist film. But the pendulum inevitably swings back, and films such as THE LAST DETAIL are at last, perhaps, beginning to come into their own.”

BLUE RASCAL CINEMA @ De Slang
Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00
Entrance: Free

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