Hal — Official Trailer

source:   hal.oscilloscope.net

added: Fri, Aug 17th '18

You likely have watched or heard about his movies, but you probably didn't know his name -- until now.

Check out the official trailer for "Hal," an upcoming documentary that celebrates the life and work of legendary maverick filmmaker Hal Ashby, who throughout the 1970s directed a string of widely respected films that went on to become influential classics: "Harold and Maude," "The Last Detail," "Shampoo," "Coming Home," "Bound for Glory," and "Being There."

Documentary filmmaker Amy Scott directs this retrospective, which features rare archival materials, interviews, and audio recordings of the late, iconoclast who is regarded as one of the most overlooked film directors of the 1970s.

After premiering to glowing reviews at this year's Sundance, "Hal" will be released in select theaters on September 14th, via Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s -- HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE LAST DETAIL, SHAMPOO, COMING HOME, BEING THERE -- he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott's exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist.

Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood, but also a unique soul with an unprecedented insight into the human condition and an unmatched capacity for good. His films were an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity. Through the heartrending and inspiring HAL, you feel buoyed by Ashby's love of people and of cinema, a little like walking on water.


directed by   Amy Scott

release date   September 14, 2018

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