Austin Film Society presents Spirit of '78

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Days of Heaven
Days of Heaven Photo courtesy of AFS Cinema

Forty years ago, the “New Hollywood” was a memory, and the big-budget wave that followed the previous year’s Star Wars had not yet reached the shore. 1978 represents the end of one kind of era and the beginning of another. Austin Film Society will present some of that pivotal year’s best and most interesting films.

  • January 12 and 13: Midnight Express - A young man (Brad Davis), trying to smuggle two kilos of hash out of Turkey, gets busted and sent to a hellish prison in Alan Parker’s gritty and suspenseful thriller. Screenplay by Oliver Stone.
  • January 19 and 20: Days Of Heaven - Terrence Malick’s romantic period masterpiece, an epic tale of impoverished youth heading west for the possibility of a new life, was a marker in the sand for American cinema, starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, and Linda Manz.
  • January 21 and 26: Coming Home - Both Jane Fonda and Jon Voight won Academy Awards for their performances in Hal Ashby’s film about the wife (Fonda) of a Marine Captain who, while her husband (Bruce Dern) is deployed, begins an affair with a paraplegic veteran (Voight).

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AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Frontage Rd. Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752


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