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MASH (R)

Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:30 pm
- 9:30 pm

| Free

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Part of Pentangle’s Thank You Thursday Free Film Series

Thursday, June 15
7:30 pm

Free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Between exceptionally gory hospital shifts and countless rounds of martinis, wisecracking surgeons Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John McIntyre (Elliott Gould) make it their business to undercut the smug, moralistic pretensions of Bible-thumper Maj. Frank Burns (Robert Duvall) and Army true-believer Maj. “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Sally Kellerman). Abetted by such other hedonists as Duke Forrest (Tom Skerritt) and Painless Pole (John Schuck), as well as such (relative) innocents as Radar O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff), Hawkeye and Trapper John drive Burns and Houlihan crazy while engaging in such additional blasphemies as taking a medical trip to Japan to play golf, staging a mock Last Supper to cure Painless’s momentary erectile dysfunction, and using any means necessary to win an inter-MASH football game. MASH creates a casual, chaotic atmosphere emphasizing the constant noise and activity of a surgical unit near battle lines; it marked the beginning of Altman’s sustained formal experiments with widescreen photography, zoom lenses, and overlapping sound and dialogue, further enhancing the atmosphere with the improvisational ensemble acting for which Altman’s films quickly became known. Although the on-screen war was not Vietnam, MASH’s satiric target was obvious in 1970, and Vietnam War-weary and counter-culturally hip audiences responded to Altman’s nose-thumbing attitude towards all kinds of authority and embraced the film’s frankly tasteless yet evocative humor and its anti-war, anti-Establishment, anti-religion stance.

Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman and Robert Duvall

Directed by Robert Altman

Run Time: 1 hr. 56 min.

Details

Date:
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Venue

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre
31 The Green
Woodstock, VT 05091 United States
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Phone:
(802) 457-3981
Website:
www.pentanglearts.org