The Films of Buck Henry



BUY TICKETS ($14/free for members. Showtimes subject to change):
An Evening w/ Buck Henry feat. The Graduate – Saturday, Jan. 9th: 7:00pm
Buck Henry Night Two feat. Taking Off! – Sunday, Jan. 10th: 08:45pm
Buck Henry Night Three feat. Heaven Can Wait! – Sunday, Jan. 17th: 07:30pm


Buck Henry Night 3: Heaven Can Wait

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1/17/2016 - 7:30PM

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

A plucky football-ified remake of 1941’s “Here Comes Mr. Jordan,” penned by Warren Beatty and Elaine May, and featuring Beatty, James Mason, Buck Henry and Julie Christie. Beatty, quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, is poised to hit the peak of his sporting career—right before he is plucked off Earth and dropped at a gloriously depicted airport-in-the-clouds way station to Heaven erroneously early, by Henry, a newly appointed soul-chaperone, under the tutelage of station manager Mason. Back to earth Beatty goes, but housed in a different body this time around, in what is just the first of a series of divine plot twists. This football fairytale will be followed by a Q&A with the man of the evening, Buck Henry!

Dir. Warren Beatty & Buck Henry, 1978, 35mm, 101 min.

Buck Henry Night Two feat. Taking Off!

1/10/2016 - 8:45PM

Followed by a Q&A with Buck Henry (by Harper Simon!)

For this second evening with the celebrated screenwriter, actor, and director, we’ll watch Taking Off, the lost, gentle Milos Forman film about well to-do New York runaways and the parents who pursue them.

Alongside Buck, you’ll see Ultra Violet, the always-spooky Vincent Schiavelli, a scorching, libidinous nightclub performance by the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, a young Carly Simon singing “Long Term Physical Effects,” an even younger Kathy Bates singing “Even the Horses Had Wings,” and what is perhaps the most charmingly whimsical getting-high-for-the-first-time scene ever filmed (featuring the Incredible String Band’s classic “Air”). Excelsior!

Dir. Milos Forman, 1971, 35mm, 93 min.

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An Evening w/ Buck Henry feat. The Graduate!

1/9/2016 - 7PM

Live Set by DJ Taylor Rowley (KXLU)

Cinefamily presents an evening with Buck Henry! Henry, screenwriter, actor, and director, is known for a vast body of work, but perhaps most famously for the screenplay for The Graduate, that indelible coming-of-age film. Join us for a conversation with Buck, followed by the film!

What is there to say about The Graduate? Mike Nichols’ outrageous, comedic, existential dread-laden, Los Angeles-set, Simon & Garfunkel sound-tracked, chromatic flick is permanently ensconced on many a best-of and must-see list. And with good reason, because most importantly: you can always watch it again. So come one, come all to night one of our Buck Henry weekend!

Dir. Mike Nichols, 1967, 35mm, 106 min.