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PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, THE

SYNOPSIS:
In the twilight of the sexual revolution in America - the early 70s, a sex entrepreneur, Larry Flynt, massages his small string of strip clubs into a publishing empire. Hustler. Raw, raunchy, and pushing the limits of public tolerance. Arrested for publishing obscenity, Flynt fights the system all the way to the Supreme Court - while forming a close relationship with Althea Leasure, in a private world that rages behind the headlines.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Milos Forman doesn’t make many films - this is his first in seven years - but gee he makes them well. From his casting to his dynamic pace, to the way he moves you, and to the use of music, he is a master at it. In this riveting film, he spins a two-sided coin, with the sleazy and determined Flynt on one side, taking his right to free speech into the Supreme Court even as he admits to the worthlessness of his subject matter. This is the story of how Flynt is arrested - but not stopped. On the flipside is Flynt whose extraordinary love affair with Althea Leasure may seem bizarre but it’s also magically moving. Courtney Love is outstanding, but then so is everyone involved. This is a thoroughly satisfying film that will linger in my Milos memory alongside One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus.

Review by Louise Keller:
This completely satisfying film has it all - a fantastic true story, great adaptation and wonderful performances. As in his other works, Milos Forman’s artistic capacity is beautifully showcased. The story of course has great elements, and Forman presents it with just the right balance. The viewer is given enough information, but not too much; the sensational aspects are not over-sensationalised. Woody Harrelson gives a convincing and multi-dimensional portrayal of the complex Larry Flynt, while Courtney Love is absolutely remarkable as his anything-but-conventional wife. The bizarre relationship is portrayed as one of the most moving and memorable in my recollection. A wonderful touch is the cameo appearance of the real Larry Flynt as Judge Morrissey. Watch out too for the scene where Larry Flynt asks his audience which is worse - sex or war? The flashing images behind Flynt alternatively depicting images of sex and war bring forward a most disturbing moral issue. This is a must-see movie.

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CAST: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, James Cromwell, Crispin Glover, James Carville, Brett Harrelson, Donna Hanover, Norm McDonald, Vincent Sciavelli, Miles Chapin, Richard Paul, D’Army Bailey, Burt Neuborne, Jan Triska

PRODUCER: Oliver Stone, Janet Yang, Michael Hausman

DIRECTOR: Milos Forman

SCRIPT: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Philippe Rousselot

EDITOR: Christopher Tellefsen

MUSIC: Thomas Newman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Patrizia von Brandenstein

RUNNING TIME: 127 mins

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AWARDS: Best Director, Best Screenplay, 1997 Golden Globe Awards

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Feb 20 1997

(In Cinematheque: extracts from Milos Forman’s address to the National Press Club, Washington, on Larry Flynt and censorship. Also see Hunter Cordaiy’s column on censorship.)

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: AUGUST 19, 1998

RRP: $24.95







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