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You’re A Big Boy Now

Released 1966
Distributor Seven Arts Pictures

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1966 comedy about a love-starved nebbish boasts a daunting cast, including Geraldine Page, Julie Harris, and Rip Torn. Peter Kastner plays the teenager kicked out of the nest by his gruff father—fortunately (or not) he falls right into the arms of the ethereal Elizabeth Hartman. A bittersweet film if ever there was, it got a big boost from John Sebastian and The Lovin’ Spoonful’s breezy pop score.

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About David Zeiger

Guggenheim Fellow David Zeiger has been making documentary films and series for 20 years, starting with The Band, a film about his son’s junior year in high school, broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V. in 1997. His short documentary, Funny Old Guys, was broadcast in 2002 by HBO. His 2006 film, Sir! No Sir!, ran theatrically in 65 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada and was broadcast in 200 countries worldwide. It won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival (Audience Award) and Hamptons Film Festival, and Seeds of War Award at the Full Frame Documentary Festival. In 2010 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2012 completed his first narrative feature, Sweet Old World.