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America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (1968-1972)  link to America Lost and Found: The BBS Story on IMDb

Number: 586

cover America Lost and Found: The BBS Story

IMDB Rating: star star star star star star star star star star

Country: USA, 690 minutes

Spoken Languages: English

Genre(s): Drama

Director: Greg Carson

Cast: Peter Bogdanovich, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson

Medium: Original DVD

Plot Outline:
Like the rest of America, Hollywood was ripe for revolution in the late sixties. Cinema attendance was down; what had once worked seemed broken. Enter Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner, who knew that what Hollywood needed was new audiences—namely, young people—and that meant cultivating new talent and new ideas. Fueled by money from their invention of the superstar TV pop group the Monkees, they set off on a film-industry journey that would lead them to form BBS Productions, a company that was also a community. The innovative films produced by this team between 1968 and 1972 are collected in this box set—works that now range from the iconic (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show) to the acclaimed (The King of Marvin Gardens) to the obscure (Head; Drive, He Said; A Safe Place), all created within the studio system but lifted right out of the countercultural id.

Collector’s set includes

Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees . . . being catapulted through one of American cinema’s most surreal sixties odysseys.(Spine #544 - 85 minutes)

Easy Rider
As Billy and “Captain America,” Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda motored down the highway on their Harley Davidsons to the roaring strains of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” and the definitive counterculture blockbuster was born.(Spine #545 - 95 minutes)

Five Easy Pieces
Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of romantic or familial responsibility, who returns to his childhood home to see his ailing, estranged father, blue-collar girlfriend (Karen Black) in tow.(Spine #546 - 98 minutes)

Drive, He Said
Jack Nicholson’s enormously irreverent directorial debut, Drive, He Said, free-spirited and sobering by turns, is a sketch of the exploits of a disaffected college basketball player and his increasingly radical roommate.(Spine #547 - 90 minutes)

A Safe Place
In this delicate, introspective drama, laced with fantasy elements, Tuesday Weld stars as a fragile young woman in New York, unable to reconcile her ambiguous past with her unmoored present.(Spine #548 - 92 minutes)

The Last Picture Show
Featuring evocative black-and-white imagery and profoundly felt performances, this hushed depiction of crumbling American values remains the pivotal film in the career of the invaluable director and film historian Peter Bogdanovich.(Spine #549 - 126 minutes)

The King of Marvin Gardens
Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern play estranged siblings David and Jason, the former a depressive late-night-radio talk show host, the latter an extroverted con man; when Jason drags his younger brother to a dreary Atlantic City and into a real-estate scam, events spiral toward tragedy.(Spine #550 - 104 minutes)

Comments: Criterion Collection;UPC7715515065818;;Criterion Collection - Spine #544-550;

Loaned: No

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