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Lost In America

Released 1985
Distributor Warner Bros.

According to Newsweek, 1984 was “The Year of the Yuppie”, referring to those ferociously materialistic young professionals whose numbers blossomed during the Reagan administration. The following year Albert Brooks made Lost In America which describes what happens when one of those shallow, upwardly mobile folks decides to ditch the Mercedes, hit the road a la Easy Rider and go “touch Indians”. The results are one of the great satires in American film. Co-starring a brilliant Julie Hagerty as Brooks’ roulette-happy wife and an inspired cameo from Garry Marshall as a nonplussed casino boss.

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About Robert Weide

Robert Weide's documentary films include The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell; the Emmy-winning W.C. Fields Straight Up; Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition; Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (which won an Emmy Award and was Oscar-nominated); and Woody Allen: A Documentary. He has worked in narrative features as Producer and Writer of Mother Night, Director of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Co-Writer of the 2014 adaptation of The Giver. Weide was Executive Producer and principal Director of the HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and created, wrote and directed the 2014 British comedy/drama series Mr. Sloane for Sky Atlantic. He is currently in post-production on a documentary, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, which he commenced filming in 1988. Weide is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a DGA Award.