April 29, 1977: Silver Streak and 3 Women

“By train, by plane, by the edge of your seat – IT’S THE MOST HILARIOUS SUSPENSE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE!”

Silver_Streak-1976Silver Streak is a 1976 American comedy-thriller film about a murder on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago train journey, released this day in UK cinemas. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and stars Gene Wilder, Jill Clayburgh, and Richard Pryor, with Patrick McGoohan, Ned Beatty, Clifton James, and Richard Kiel in supporting roles. The film score is by Henry Mancini. This film marked the first pairing of Wilder and Pryor, who were later paired in three more films. [Wikipedia]

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Watch the trailer on the FoxInternationalHEAU YouTube Channel.

“A motion picture that will make you re-examine everyone you’ve ever wanted to be.”

3_Women-19773 Women is an American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman, and starring Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule. It depicts the increasingly bizarre, mysterious relationship between a woman (Duvall) and her roommate and co-worker (Spacek) in a dusty, underpopulated Californian desert town.

The story came directly from a dream Altman had, which he adapted into a treatment, intending to film without a screenplay. 20th Century Fox financed the project on the basis of Altman’s past work, and a screenplay was completed before filming.

The film was screened at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. It received positive reviews and a few awards, including the Cannes Best Actress Award for Duvall. Interpretation of the film has involved use of psychoanalysis and discussion of identity.

Watch the trailer on the CriterionCoIIection YouTube Channel.

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