Movie poster of the weekAugust 8, 2008
In honor of BAM Cinematek’s tribute to Elliott Gould, starting today, I present this ’stash-tastic poster for Richard Rush’s 1970 campus comedy Getting Straight. Tom Milne in the Time Out Film Guide calls the film “muddled” and “dated” with “mannered direction” from Rush, but says the film is “distinguished by Elliott Gould’s marvellously grizzly performance as an ageing dropout who decides to drop back in again.” The film plays on Tuesday. My wife and I once met Gould (one of my very favorite actors) in an elevator at Lincoln Center in his pre-Friends and Oceans 11 revival period, and briefly discussed Bergman’s The Touch which we had just seen on a faded VHS. My wife told him it was under-rated and he replied “Oh, it’s very under-rated!” Take it from the man himself and see it on August 21st.