As promised, Between the Seats, after keeping things nice and easy with 'end of the year' lists and capsule reviews for about a week during the holiday break, is about to resume business as per usual, meaning tons of marathons to exploring various genres, directors and actors.
To kickoff 2012, we have chosen to familiarize ourselves with a very special time and studio in American cinema. It was the late 1960s and very early 1970s when a young, talented and outspoken group of directors, writers and actors came together to form what was known as BBS Productions. Their filmmaking style differed from much of what came out of Hollywood, and even though they were privy to a decent amount of funds to create their works, the resulting products felt counter-cultural in comparison to the general cinematic landscape of the time. People whose names are now synonymous with great movies, like Jack Nicholson, Peter Bogdanovich and Dennis Hopper to name few, started their careers in earnest with these unique pieces of American cinema.
The picture above, representing the cover artwork of the recent Criterion Collection Blu-ray set, tells you all you need to know about which movies the marathon will concern itself with. Many, if not all of these movies are unfamiliar to many self-described film buffs, including yours truly, who, in the case of at least a couple of titles, had only heard of them for the very first time upon the set's release. The marathon will have as its title BBS Productions Presents. We hope you join Between the Seats over the next few weeks in watching, or possibly re-watching these under-seen classics and joining in with some wise words in the comments section at the end of each review.
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