Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood.  Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader’s Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes.  Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and  hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.

 

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Our Mother’s House

1967
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Jack Clayton’s 1967 film is a one-of-a-kind gothic-drama about a steely band of...
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Cold Turkey

1971
United Artists
Nicotine addicted residents of a midwestern town try to give up smoking for a...
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Salt and Pepper

1968
United Artists
This 1968 film is just one in an ignoble line of un-hip hipster...
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Stardust Memories

1980
United Artists
At the height of his critical enshrinement after hitting the jackpot with Annie Hall and Manhattan, Woody Allen...
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Mike’s Murder

1984
Warner Bros.
Although filmed in 1982, James Bridges’ film maudit did not see the light of...
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The Day of the Dolphin

1973
AVCO Embassy Pictures
1973’s The Day of the Dolphin was based on a French sci-fi thriller...
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Big Jake

1971
National General Pictures
John Wayne’s attempt to plant his legendary persona into an arena potentially more hostile...
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Enter The Dragon

1973
Warner Bros.
A huge international hit, this first Chinese martial arts movie produced by a...
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The Brass Bottle

1964
Universal Pictures
This inconsequential comic fantasy from 1964 remains a rainy day favorite thanks to...
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The Ghost Breakers

1940
Paramount
Filmed in 1940, director George Marshall’s elegantly eerie spook-fest looks better with each...
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The Last Dragon

1985
TriStar Pictures
Along with The Apple and Can’t Stop the Music, The Last Dragon stands...
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To Find a Man

1972
Columbia Pictures
A sweet, poignant little movie that hasn’t been on anybody’s radar since...
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Salo

1975
United Artists
The feel-bad movie of all time. Director Pier Paolo Pasolini updated the Marquis de Sade’s...
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The Jerk

1979
Universal Pictures
Steve Martin’s stand-up act combined equal measures of the stupid and the cerebral; he turned dropping...
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Cool Hand Luke

1967
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Paul Newman’s signature role has been a bit overshadowed by the ubiquity of...
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Johnny Cool

1963
United Artists
Henry Silva’s gaunt face and implacable demeanor made him the perfect villain for a...
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Absence of Malice

1981
Columbia Pictures
Director Sydney Pollack’s 1981 film is a bristling attack on muckrakers (Paul Newman said the film was, in fact, a direct assault on The New York...
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After the Fox

1966
United Artists
Neil Simon, a first-time screenwriter with three hits running on Broadway, wanted Marcello...
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Pink Angels

1972
Crown International Pictures
This forgotten grindhouse concoction pits a flamboyantly gay biker gang against the straights. Further...
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Norman… is that You?

1976
United Artists
Laugh-In director George Schlatter based this 1976 farce on a failed stage...
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Upstream Color

2013
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Call it metaphysical science fiction or whatever you’d like but this provocative 2013 film...
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Alex In Wonderland

1970
MGM
Riding high after the tremendous success of his 1969 hit Bob and Carol...
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Come and See

2006
Seagull Films
Director Elem Klimov’s powerful, near-surrealistic battle fantasia nearly made it into TFH’s “More...
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The Heartbreak Kid

1972
20th Century Fox
Charles Grodin was passed over for the lead in The Graduate, but gets...
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I Saw What You Did

1965
Universal
“WARNING! This motion picture depicts UXORICIDE!” (look it up). A phone...
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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

1976
Faces Distribution
Hitchcock had Jimmy Stewart, Kurosawa had Toshiro Mifune and John...
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Contempt

1963
Embassy Pictures
Perhaps Jean-Luc Godard’s most accessible feature, Contempt is nearly (but not quite) conventional in the...
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Coonskin

1975
Bryanston Distributing
Ralph Bakshi’s nervy satire on race relations courted controversy from all sides, beginning with its...
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The Leopard

1963
20th Century Fox
Classical movie making of the highest order, Luchino Visconti’s sweeping 1963 epic set during...
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Model Shop

1969
Columbia
French director Jacque Demy’s first American production (shot a year after his homage to...
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Deep End

1971
Paramount
The swinging sixties came to a bleakly comic end with Jerzy Skolimowski’s undeservedly obscure...
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Voyage en Douce

1981
New Yorker Films
Two frenchwomen, played by Dominique Sanda and Geraldine Chaplin, go for a weekend...
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Richard Pryor – Live on the Sunset Strip

1982
Columbia
Richard Pryor prowls the stage of the Hollywood...
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The Tenant

1976
Paramount
A diminutive paranoid hallucinates a lot of trouble for himself–or does he? Considered in...
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Last Summer

1969
Allied Artists
Frank and Eleanor Perry’s disturbing look at dysfunctional teens on Fire Island has a...
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Secret Ceremony

1968
Universal
Nobody’s favorite Joseph Losey film, this strange, dreamlike melodrama found little audience reception and...
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Last Tango In Paris

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United Artists
Aiming to contrast the dichotomies of Love and Lust, director Bernardo Bertolucci originally...
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Capricorn One

1978
Warner Bros.
As conspiracy theories go, the idea that the Apollo moon landing was faked (with...
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Hannibal Brooks

1969
United Artists
From director Michael Winner’s early unpredictable period comes this curate’s egg of a WW...
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Captains Courageous

1937
MGM
Rudyard Kipling’s 1897 novel about the redemption of a spoiled rich kid aboard a...
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Burn!

1970
United Artists
Director Gillo Pontecorvo followed up his neorealist masterpiece The Battle of Algiers with another complex...
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What’s Up Doc?

1972
Warner Bros.
One of the biggest comedy hits of the early ’70s. Following up on...
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What’s the Matter with Helen?

1971
UA
Writer Henry Farrell ushered in the horror-hag genre with Whatever Happened...
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Dark of the Sun

1968
MGM
Elite commandos Rod Taylor and Jim Brown, mercenaries on a Congo strike...
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Skin Game

1971
Warner Bros.
Coproducer James Garner channels his winning Maverick persona as a pre-Civil War con man...
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One from the Heart

2003
American Zoetrope
Francis Coppola’s idealistic attempt to transform the way movies were made upended...
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Four Friends

1981
Filmways Pictures
Arthur Penn’s episodic, determinedly non-Hollywood drama follows the fortunes of three boys and a girl...
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Walkabout

1971
20th Century Fox
Celebrated cinematographer Nicolas Roeg’s solo directorial debut is a haunting, transfixing tone poem about two...
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The Last of the Secret Agents?

1966
Paramount
To the roster of forgotten comedy teams (Wheeler and Woolsey,...
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Girly

1970
Cinerama Releasing Corporation
This dark British‚ psycho drama didn’t get much attention in the states, or really much...
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Get to Know Your Rabbit

1972
Warner Bros.
One of Brian dePalma’s more obscure credits, this unappreciated attempt to...
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The World of Henry Orient

1964
United Artists
Peter Sellers is the titular self-absorbed pianist, but George Roy Hill’s...
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Who’s Minding the Mint?

1967
Columbia
The dulcet tones of veteran actor Les Tremayne‚ transport us to the...
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All Fall Down

1962
MGM
Live television director John Frankenheimer’s third theatrical feature is based on James Leo...
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Little Fauss and Big Halsy

1970
Paramount
Robert Redford reputedly dismisses this particular vehicle in which he plays...
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Vixen

1968
Eve Productions
70 minutes of prime Meyer madness–sort of Russ’s version of Shock Corridor– tackling sex, race,...
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The President’s Analyst

1967
Paramount
One of most charming and clever political satires of the ’60s almost didn’t...
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Little Murders

1971
20th Century Fox
Village Voice cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s black comic look at dysfunctional 1970s New Yorkers was...
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Nashville

1975
Paramount
Shot mostly in sequence with entirely on-set sound recording, this free-form metaphor for American society...
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Brewster McCloud

1970
MGM
Robert Altman followed up the sleeper success of M*A*S*H with an off-kilter avian fantasy...
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Going Places

1974
Cinema 5 Distributing
Two louts commit various acts of black comedy mayhem in the kind of edgy...
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Pretty Poison

A ravishing Tuesday Weld is the sexy psychopath whose nihilistic behavior shocks even mentally...
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Zabriskie Point

1970
MGM
Michelangelo Antonioni’s first English language film, Blow-Up, was a surprise worldwide hit for MGM,...
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Heavy Traffic

1973
AIP
Life and hard times on the streets of ’70s Brooklyn from proudly non-P.C. multimedia...
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The Mechanic

1972
United Artists
Jan-Michael Vincent learns how to be a hit man from -who better?- Charles Bronson!...
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Lolita

1962
MGM
“How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?” asked the ads. Well, it wasn’t...
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All Through the Night

1942
Warner Bros.
Released soon after Pearl Harbor, audiences in 1941 didn’t find this Runyonesque...
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The Loved One

1965
MGM
Tony Richardson’s take on the veddy British Evelyn Waugh’s skewing of Hollywood culture...
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The Last of Sheila

1973
Warner Bros.
Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins deservedly won the mystery writers’ Edgar Award...
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Myra Breckinridge

1970
20th Century Fox
Any movie that begins with John Carradine slicing off Rex Reed’s penis can’t be...
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Valley of the Dolls

1967
20th Century Fox
Jacqueline Susann’s mega-best-seller became a popular kitchfest in the hands of director...
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Joe

1970
Cannon
A pre-Rocky John Avildsen directed this grungy NY indie that was conceived as an exploitation...
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Medium Cool

1969
Paramount
Combining electrifying cinema-verite documentary footage shot during actual events (including the riots at the...
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The Getaway

1972
National General Pictures
Steve McQueen romances Ali MacGraw out from underneath b.f. Robert Evans’ watchful eye. We...
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The Love God?

1969
Universal
Most offbeat (and therefore least popular) of Don Knott’s series of Universal comedy...
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Sweet Sugar

1972
Dimension Pictures
“The searing sting of the whip burned the brand of hate into her heart!”...
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Real Life

1979
Paramount
Get out your 3-D glasses….then put them away, as director/writer/comic Albert Brooks personally hawks...
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Catch 22

1970
Paramount
Widely considered a disaster at the time, Mike Nichols’ elaborate film version of Joseph...
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The Human Tornado

1976
Dimension Pictures
“What you call dirty words, I call ghetto expression”, said in-your-face underground standup...
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Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde

1976
Dimension Pictures
Director William Crain followed his popular Blacula with another switched-race horror...
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Baby Doll

1956
Warner Bros.
Today it’s difficult to conceive just how scandalous Elia Kazan’s steamy adaptation of two...
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Color Me Blood Red

1965
Box Office Spectaculars
Last and least of the notorious Blood Trilogy from “Godfather of Gore”...
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The Chinese Connection

1973
National General
(AKA: Fist of Fury) The amazing Bruce Lee’s second Hong Kong starring vehicle...
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Skidoo

1968
Paramount
Otto Preminger’s legendary disaster was also Groucho Marx’s last movie, and he’s awful in it....
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Rollover

1981
Warner Bros.
“The most erotic thing in their world was money”.   Imagine anyone trying to make...
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What Did You Do in the War Daddy?

1966
United Artists
James Coburn, in one of his first starring...
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