Brewster McCloud 1970 M
3.00pm, Sat 3 Dec 2022 (105 mins)
Gallery of Modern Art & Cinema A
- Wheelchair Accessible
Acclaimed New Hollywood filmmaker Robert Altman’s Icarian satire follows the titular Brewster McCloud (Bud Cort), an owlish recluse determined to construct a set of prosthetic wings that will enable him to fly. Under the auspices of his charming yet inscrutable fairy godmother Louise (Sally Kellerman), and in spite of myriad would-be sensual distractions, Brewster’s aerial ambitions quickly turn to ruthlessness, and capture the attentions of hot-shot big-city detective, Frank Shaft (Michael Murphy).
With sharp dialogue, superb choreography, and Altman’s unmistakeable flare for composition and arrangement, Brewster McCloud is a sprawling tableau of avian-themed absurdism and social satire that takes aim at race, class, authority, and academia in America. Brought to life by captivating performances from its ensemble cast – including a young Shelley Duvall in her debut film performance – Robert Altman further refined his unique directorial vision in this distinctive black comedy.
Brewster McCloud will screen from Robert Altman’s personal print of the film, held by the UCLA Film & TV Archive, Los Angeles.
- Director: Robert Altman
- Script: Doran William Cannon
- Cinematographers: Lamar Boren, Jordan Cronenweth
- Editor: Lou Lombardo
- Print Source: Robert Altman Collection, UCLA Film & TV Archive, Los Angeles
- Rights: Roadshow Films
- Shooting Format: 35mm
- Screening Format: 35mm
- Year: 1970
- Runtime: 105 minutes
- Country: United States
- Language: English
- Colour: Colour