Current & Upcoming Films
ROAD TO NOWHERE / Monte Hellman in Person / Hellman Retrospective
Monte Hellman IN PERSON after the 7pm & before the 9:30 shows, Friday, July 22
In a career spanning over five decades, Monte Hellman’s relatively compact body of work has proven him to be one of the Great American Directors. In conjunction with the premiere first film in 20 years, Mr. Hellman will be making personal appearances at The Roxie & The Rafael Film Center where selected titles from his very impressive oeuvre will be showcased throughout this week-long celebration.
ROAD TO NOWHERE
There’s a murky balance between reality and fiction; particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune and suicide. A filmmaker creating a film based upon a true crime casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. Unsuspectingly, he finds himself drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue, obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth. Dir: Monte Hellman. Starring: Shannon Sossamon, Tygh Runyan and Cliff DeYoung. USA. Digital. 2011. 122 mins. Showtimes: 122 mins. Nightly at 7pm , plus 9:30pm, on Friday, July 22. Sat. + Sun. at (2pm).
(Click on showtime to purchase tickets. For tickets & showtimes in San Rafael, see Rafael Film Center)
RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND
Jack Nicholson wrote and stars in this bleak and suspenseful Acid Western about mistaken identities. Co-starring Harry Dean Stanton. Dir: Monte Hellman. USA. 35mm. 1965. 82 min. ROXIE: Saturday, July 23 at 4:20 & 9:20.
Filmed three weeks before RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND, Hellman mainstay Warren Oates stars as a former bounty hunter hired to accompany a mysterious woman across the desert. A mysterious gunslinger (Jack Nicholson, who co-produced the movie) follows them closely. Dir: Monte Hellman. USA. 35mm. 1966. 82 mins. ROXIE: Sunday, July 24 at 4:20pm & 9:20pm
James Taylor is The Driver, Dennis Wilson is the Mechanic, Laurie Bird is the Girl, Warren Oates is GTO and TWO-LANE BLACKTOP is one of the best movies of all-time. An existentialist tour through an America that ceased to exist; a bible for the next several decades of underground aesthetics. Dir: Monte Hellman. USA. 35mm. 1971. 105 mins. ROXIE: Monday, July 25 at 9:15 & Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm
Based on the novel by Charles Willeford (who also wrote the screenplay), Warren Oates stars as an ace cockfighter who, after losing a bout in a fit of hubris, takes a vow of silence until he wins the championship. Co-starring Laurie Bird and Harry Dean Stanton. Dir: Monte Hellman. USA. Beta. 1974. 83 mins. ROXIE ONLY: Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27 at 9:20pm