Five Easy Pieces Screening at The Russet

Roadside Picnic Films present a screening of Five Easy Pieces He Rode The Fast Lane On The Road To Nowhere…Starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black and Billy Green BushDirected by Bob RafelsonA key film of the American New Wave, Five Easy Pieces, followed Head (1968) to mark the second film in what would become a long partnership between director Rafelson and actor Nicholson. The film that helped propel Nicholson to stardom, it’s also the role that defined his alienated, anti-establishment persona.A disaffected pianist from a family of classical musicians, Bobby Eroica Dupea (Nicholson) has forsaken his background of privilege to lead a humdrum, blue-collar existence as an oil rigger. Shacked up with the emotionally demanding Rayette (Black), recreation largely involves drinking, bowling and brawling. Suffocated by Rayette, Bobby seeks out his sister, Tita (Lois Smith), and, discovering that his father is gravely ill, reluctantly heads back to the family estate in Washington State with a pregnant Rayette in tow.Less a film about the undertaking of a journey as it is a film about flight, Five Easy Pieces reduces the fantasy of rebellion and the desire for independence to the act of merely running away and absconding from any emotional attachment or wider sense of responsibility. A fascinating character study of a man embroiled in a crisis of the self, whose inability to find comfort either with the establishment, or society’s working class sub-strata is leading him to weave a trail of destruction and regret.Undeniably funny, the moment is apt evidence of the complexity of Nicholson’s startling performance, his character’s surplus of wit and charm insufficiently masking a torrent of loathing and frustration.Date – 1970 // 98mins // Cert 15 //Food from 6.30 / Film starts at 7.30 For tickets: The RussetHackney Downs StudiosAmhurst TerraceLondonE8 2BT Food & Film – £12 // Film Only – £6 // Food Only – £