• The King of Marvin Gardens

    1972. USA. Bob Rafelson. 103 min.

Introduced by Grover Crisp

Friday, October 30, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The King of Marvin Gardens

    1972. USA. Directed by Bob Rafelson. Screenplay by Jacob Brackman. With Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn. After the success of Five Easy Pieces, Rafelson and Nicholson reunited to make this underappreciated but key work of 1970s Hollywood cinema, a corrosive vision of the American Dream that is a ghostly anticipation of present times. The deserted boardwalks and seedy, decaying splendor of out-of-season Atlantic City form the wintry backdrop to this drama of two brothers, a late-night talk show host and a restless ex-con, who get mixed up with the Mob while hatching a get-rich-quick scheme to open a South Seas gambling resort. Preserved by Sony Pictures Repertory. 103 min.