Tag Archives: Hal Ashby

Being There: Chance at the White House

LIFE IS A STATE OF MIND. The character of Chance in this movie, the last great one from both Peter Sellers and Hal Ashby, has entered popular culture over the years. As reality-show celebrity and billionaire Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race in the U.S., some political commentators made comparisons with Chance. After all, … Continue reading Being There: Chance at the White House

Shampoo

YOUR HAIRDRESSER DOES IT BETTER… On the eve of Richard Nixon’s election to the U.S. presidency in 1968, Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy (Warren Beatty) is juggling several beautiful women. A commercially successful but ultimately rather empty film that was made the year after Nixon’s resignation and looks back on a breaking point between the … Continue reading Shampoo

Harold and Maude: Suicide Is Painless

THEY MET AT THE FUNERAL OF A PERFECT STRANGER. FROM THEN ON, THINGS GOT PERFECTLY STRANGER AND STRANGER.  Harold and Maude eventually gained a cult audience, which only proves that great movies find an audience sooner or later… but why didn’t anyone like it back in 1971? It was generally ignored on its premiere and … Continue reading Harold and Maude: Suicide Is Painless