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This subtle, existential character study of an emotionally distant outcast (Nicholson) forced to confront his past failures remains an intimate cornerstone of American '70s cinema. Written and directed with remarkable restraint by Bob Rafelson, the film is the result of a short-lived partnership between the filmmaker and Nicholson--the first was the zany formalist exercise, Head, while the equally impressive King of Marvin Gardens followed Five Easy Pieces. Quiet and full of long, controlled takes, this film draws its strength from the acutely detailed, nonjudgmental observations of its complex protagonist, Robert Dupea--an extremely crass and frustrated oil worker, and failed child pianist hiding from his past in Texas. Dupea spends his life drinking beer and sleeping with (and cheating on) his annoying but adoring Tammy Wynette-wannabe girlfriend, but when he learns that his father is dying in Washington State, he leaves. After the film transforms into a spirited road movie, and arrives at the eccentric upper-class Dupea family mansion, it becomes apparent that leaving is what Dupea does best--from his problems, fears, and those who love him. Nicholson gives a difficult yet masterful performance in an unlikable role, one that's full of ambiguity and requires violent shifts in acting style. Several sequences--such as his stopping traffic to play piano, or his famous verbal duels with a cranky waitress over a chicken-salad sandwich--are Nicholson landmarks. Yet, it's the quieter moments, when Dupea tries miserably to communicate and reconcile with his dying father, where the actor shows his real talent--and by extension, shows us the wounded little boy that lurks in the shell of the man Dupea has become. --Dave McCoy

Five Easy Pieces - Trailer - (1970)

Trailer for Bob Rafelson's film starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg, Sally Struthers, Marlena MacGuire, Richa.

Newton Woman Allegedly Assaulted Man In Wheelchair In Waltham - Patch.com

A Newton woman was arrested recently after she allegedly punched an elderly man in a wheelchair at his Waltham home, according to Waltham Police. Marlene McGuire, 39, of 32 Oakland St. , Newton, is facing two counts of assault and battery on a person over 60 or disabled in connection with a Jan. 23 incident at the Winchester Crane public housing building at 101 Prospect St. After responding to a report of two women fighting at the building, police determined McGuire had been arguing with the man, who uses a wheelchair. McGuire allegedly shoved the man and nearly tipped him over in his wheelchair, according to Waltham Police Sgt. A home health aide working for the alleged victim told McGuire to stop arguing, but McGuire then allegedly punched the victim in the mouth, King said. McGuire and the man know each other, King said. Patch is a community-specific news, information and engagement network driven by passionate and experienced media professionals. We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions and add events to the community calendar. Source: patch.com

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  • Newton Woman Allegedly Assaulted Man In Wheelchair In Waltham

    01/31/13 ,via Patch.com

    A Newton woman was arrested recently after she allegedly punched an elderly man in a wheelchair at his Waltham home, according to Waltham Police. Marlene McGuire, 39, of 32 Oakland St., Newton, is facing two counts of assault and battery on a person 

  • Five Easy Pieces - Trailer - (1970)

    03/15/09 ,via YouTube

    Trailer for Bob Rafelson's film starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Billy Green Bush, Fannie Flagg, Sally Struthers, Marlena MacGuire, Richard Stahl, Lois Smith, Helena Kallianiotes, Toni Basil, Lorna Thayer, Ralph Waite, William

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  • The Rough Guide to Film

    Penguin. 2007. ISBN: 9781405384988,1405384980. 672 pages.

    The Rough Guide to Film is a bold new guide to cinema. Arranged by director, it covers the top moguls, mavericks and studio stalwarts of every era, genre and region, in addition to lots of lesser-known names. With each film placed in the context of its director’s career, the guide reviews thousands of the greatest movies ever made, with lists highlighting where to start, arranged by genre and by region. You’ll find profiles of over eight hundred directors, from Hollywood legends Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston to contemporary favourites like Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese and cult names such as David Lynch and Richard Linklater. The guide is packed with great cinema from around the globe, including French New Wave, German giants, Iranian innovators and the best of East Asia, from Akira Kurosawa to Wong Kar-Wai and John Woo. With overviews of all major movements and genres, feature boxes on partnerships between directors and key actors, and cinematographers and composers, this is your essential guide to a world of cinema.

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