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[Absinthe] The Four Earliest Known Absinthe-related Films
Presents four movies from the silent film era concerning the distilled, highly alcoholic spirit absinthe. Almost from the very outset motion picture producers found a lucerative niche producing films with an anti-alcohol message. The 1902 film "Les victimes de l'alcoolisme" was the first attempt by the newly formed Pathé company to exploit the burgeoning demand for anti-absinthe and anti-alcohol propaganda. "Les Victimes de l'alcool" (1911), a far more sophisticated film, was enthusiastically promoted by the temperance movement and was a huge success for Pathé. "Absinthe" (1913) is the only surviving U.S.-made absinthe related motion picture from the pre-ban era, featuring one of the very few filmed versions of absinthe being prepared and consumed. Contents: La Bonne absinthe / produced by Gaumont Film Company ; directed by Alice Guy (1899, 1 min.) -- Les Victimes de l'alcoolisme / produced by Pathé ; directed by Ferdinand Zecca (1902, 4 min.) -- Les Victimes de l'alcool / produced by Pathé ; directed by Gerard Bourgeois (1911, 26 min.) -- Absinthe / produced by the Gem Motion Picture Company ; starring Glen White and Sadie Weston (1913, 12 min.) DVD X2294

The Alcohol Years (2005)
A film by Carol Morley. A poetic retrieval of the years filmmaker Carol Morley spent in Manchester, where in the early 1980s, her life was lost in an alcoholic blur. In Morley's search for her lost self, conflicting memories and viewpoints weave in and out, revealing a portrait of the city, its pop culture, and the people who lived it. 79 min. DVD 4127

Altered States (1980)
Directed by Ken Russell. Cast: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid. An American researching different states of consciousness with the aid of mind altering drugs and an isolation chamber begins to experience disturbing physical changes in his body that point toward an evolutionary regression. Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky. 73 min. DVD 4556; also DVD 291; VHS 999:110
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Chayefsky, Paddy. The screenplays / Paddy Chayefsky. New York : Applause Books, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks Call No. PS3505.H632 A19)

Bank Dick (1940)
Directed by Eddie Cline. Cast: W.C. Fields, Una Merkel, Cora Witherspoon, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard, Grady Sulton. Egbert Souse accidently foils a bank robbery and is hired as a bank guard. "How could you pick a single performance from the late, great W.C. Fields to honor? He essentially played a drunk wallowing in some state of dysfunction or another in every movie he made. Perhaps our favorite for the purposes of the drunk list? His role as Egbert Souse ('soo-say!') in The Bank Dick, a classic Fields film by any measure. The quotes attributed to Fields (in character and out of it) are a running homage to drinking, including his classic line: 'A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her.' No, W.C. Thank you." [filmcritic.com] 73 min. DVD 4556; also DVD 291; VHS 999:110
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Barfly (1987)
Directed by Barbet Schroeder. Cast: Faye Dunaway, Mickey Rourke, Alice Krige, J. C. Quinn, Frank Stallone. Quasi-autobiography of writer-alcoholic Charles Bukowski and life on the skids in L.A.'s bars and flophouses and his choice between that booze-ridden existence or a new life as a poet. 99 min. DVD 3367
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Bukowski, Charles. The movie, "Barfly" : an original screenplay by Charles Bukowski ; for a film by Barbet Schroeder. Santa Rosa, CA : Black Sparrow Press, 1987. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .B263 1987)

Betty (France, 1991)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Marie Trintignant, Stephane Audran, Jean-Francois Garreaud, Yves Lambrecht, Christiane Minazzoli, Pierre Vernier. Betty Etamble, a promiscuous and alcoholic woman who has lost her family, ends an evening at a bar and meets Laure, an elegant retiree who lives in a luxury hotel. Laure takes the girl under her wing, and gradually details of her sinister story unfold and evolves into a lethal game of cat and mouse. 105 min. DVD 6597
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Birds Anonymous (1957)
Directed by Friz Freleng. Animated short. In this spoof of Alcoholics Anonymous, pussy cats are cast as bird-eating addicts and go through the 12-step process to deal with their addiction. Sylvester, who could never quite get the best of the object of his desire, Tweety Bird, joins and resolves to quit chasing and eating the canary. Tweety innocently asks the puddy "Don't you wike me anymo'?" setting off a series of events which will test the puddy tat's resolve. Several attempts to get his mind off eating Tweety backfire, leading him to a delirious attempt to eat the bird. Sam (Sylvester's B.A. sponsor, introduced earlier) intervenes and shows how birds and cats can peacefully co-exist, but he falls off the wagon when he kisses Tweety and thus getting a taste of him and wanting a lot more! DVD 9503; DVD 4875

Blotto (1930)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Tiny Sandford, Frank Holliday, Charlie Hall (Blotto) Blotto: Stan purloins his wife's secret bottle of liquor to have a wild night out at the Rainbow club with Ollie. However Mrs Laurel has replaced the booze with a noxious mixture of cold tea, mustard power and other hot ingredients. This doesn't prevent the boys from getting tipsy on the contents! DVD also contains La vida nocturna: Blotto in an extended Spanish language edition. 64 min. DVD X323
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La Bonne Absinthe (1899)
Directed by Alice Guy. Long thought lost, this tiny flickering fragment from the dawn of film history - just 56 seconds long - is the earliest filmed version of an absinthe being prepared and drunk. Directed by the pioneer female director Alice Guy it tells a short, comical story: a man walks into a café, orders an absinthe, the waiter brings a bottle and adds a large dose to his glass, the man adds water from a carafe in an absent minded way while reading his newspaper, not realising that he's missing the glass entirely. Without looking he takes a deep drink, and almost chokes on the undiluted alcohol. In a rage he starts attacking the waiter with his cane. The waiter chases him away with a soda syphon, to the great amusement of the other onlookers. 56 sec. DVD X2028

Bottle Shock (2008)
Directed by Randall Miller. Cast: Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodríguez, Dennis Farina, Eliza Dushku. Napa Valley, 1976. For connoisseur Steven Spurrier, there is no finer art than French wine. But rumors bandy about of a new California wine country that holds the future of the vine. Positive the small Napa wineries are no match for established French vintages, Spurrier challenges the Americans to a blind taste test. He finds the valley full of ambitious, and talented, novice vinters like Jim Barrett and his son Bo and realizes his publicity stunt may change the history of wine forever. Special features: Commentary by Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Ross Schwartz, Lannette Pabon, Chris Pine, J. Todd Harris, Bill Pullman & Eliza Dushku; "An underdog's journey:" the making of Bottle shock; "Chateau Montelena:" one winery's search for excellence; deleted scenes; trailer. 108 min. DVD X1113
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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Directed by James Bridges. Cast:Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates. Jamie Conway, an aspiring writer, abandons the wheat fields of Kansas for the skyline of Manhattan, and the city's seductive party subculture. Hitting the clubs night after night, Jamie soon spins out of control, and he risks losing everything and everyone he loves. Based on the novel by Jay McInerney. Special features: Commentary with author/screenwriter Jay McInerney; commentary with cinematographer Gordon Willis; exclusive featurettes: Jay McInerney's The light within ; Big city lights; still photo gallery. 108 min. DVD X3774
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A Chapter in Her Life (1913)
Directed by Lois Weber. Cast: Jane Mercer, Claude Gillingwater, Eva Thatcher, Frankie Raymond, Jacqueline Gadsdon. A little girl's guileless faith warms the heart of her wealthy but misanthropic grandfather and helps a young man to give up drinking. 84 min. vhs 999:3624
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Charlie's Drunken Daze (aka Charlie's Night Out) (1915)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Charlie and Ben Turpin are drunks about town, starting at a cafe and ending in a risque hotel room mix-up with a pretty girl. DVD 74

Clean (Canada / France / UK, 2004)
Directed by Olivier Assayas. Cast: Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Jeanne Balibar, Don McKellar, James Dennis, Martha Henry, James Johnston, Remi Martin, Laetitia Spigarelli, Tricky, Beatrice Dalle. Emily Wang, the wife of recently overdosed and dead washed-up North American rock star, Lee Hauser, is arrested for possession and spends 6 months in prison. Custody of her son is given to her parents-in-law. When she gets out, she returns to Paris to get herself clean so that she can get her son back. 111 min. DVD 6095
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Clean and Sober (1988)
Directed by Glenn Gordon Caron. Cast: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, M. Emmet Walsh, Tate Donovan. A young, hotshot real-estate broker has a drug abuse problem he refuses to acknowledge. When he gets in trouble with his company and the law, he decides to hide out in a detox program. What he doesn't count on is that the drug rehab program will force him to face himself, admit his addiction and come clean. 124 min. DVD 7111
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The Country Girl (1954)
Directed by George Seaton. Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross, Gene Reynolds, Jacqueline Fontaine, Eddie Ryder, Robert Kent, John W. Reynolds. Frank Elgin is an alcoholic actor and singer who gets a second chance at stardom. His long suffering wife, Georgie, and their marriage is put to the test. Frank is desperate to make a come back and Bernie Dodd is the hotshot Broadway director in need of a "name" star for his new stage production. Georgie is both weary of her husband's weaknesses and Dodd's motives. When Georgie appears to be dragging Frank down, Bernie tries to force her to leave. 104 min. DVD 5133
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Basic, Margaret M. "Reading the alcoholic film: analysis of The Country Girl." The Sociological Quarterly 33.n2 (Summer 1992): 211(17) UC users only
Robinson, Linda A. "Bing on a Binge: Casting-Against-Type in The Country Girl." In: Going my way : Bing Crosby and American culture / edited by Ruth Prigozy and Walter Raubicheck. Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2007. (Music ML420.C93 G65 2007)

Crazy Heart (2009)
Directed by Scott Cooper. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall. The powerful story of a country music star's rocky road to redemption. Bad Blake is a boozy, broken-down singer who reaches for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the music. But will Bad's hard-livin' ways and crazy heart cost him his last chance at a comeback? 111 min. DVD X3218
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The Cure (1917)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin (Alcoholic Gentleman at Spa), Edna Purviance (Fellow Guest at Spa). Chaplin causes mayhem, finds romance, and cures his alcohol addiction at a fancy hotel/spa-resort. DVD 8

Days of Wine & Roses (1962)
Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman, Alan Hewitt, Tom Palmer. A domestic drama which reveals the corrosive effects of alcoholism on a hardened young advertising executive and his attractive young wife, both of whom drink heavily to compensate for their insecurity. 117 min. DVD 4677
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Days of Wine & Roses (TV, 1958)
Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: Piper Laurie, Cliff Robertson, Charles Bickford. Originally broadcast by CBS on the Playhouse 90 television series on Oct. 2, 1958; rebroadcast on PBS during the 1980-81 season. This television production of the play by J.P. Miller uses flashbacks to tell the story of a young couple's fall to the lowest depths of alcoholic despair and the man's choice of sobriety over his still-alcoholic wife. 88 min. DVD X2374; Video/C 9668

Devdas (India, 1955)
Directed by Bimal Roy. A remake of P. C. Barua's Devdas (1935) for which Bimal Roy was a cameraman, this is the tragic story of Devdas' inability to marry his childhood sweetheart Paro, his descent into alcoholism and death at her doorstep. In Hindi without subtitles. 159 min. DVD 2488; VHS 999:2940
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Devdas (India, 2002)
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Jackie Shroff. A 2002 remake of the love story which tells the tragic story of Devdas' inability to marry his childhood sweetheart Paro, his descent into alcoholism and death. Based on the novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. 170 min. DVD 2526
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Don't Come Knocking (2005)
Directed by Wim Wenders. Cast: Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk, Eva Marie Saint. Howard Spence, a washed-up Western movie star, uses alcohol, drugs, and young women to escape from the pain of his life. One day he suddenly flees the set of his latest Western on horseback and goes to visit his mother in Nevada. She tells him that he might have a grown son in Montana, where he once had a fling with a local waitress. Howard sets out to meet his son with an insurance agent from his abandoned film in pursuit. 111 min. DVD 9212
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Drunken Angel (Yoidore tenshi) (Japan, 1948)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Reizaburo Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure, Chieko Nakakita, Noriko Sengoku, Shizuko Kasagi. Set in post-war Tokyo in 1945, a tuberculosis-infected criminal starts an unhealthy relationship with an alcoholic doctor. The patient needs to feel better so that he can retain his status as gang-leader after the ex-leader is released from prison, and the doctor needs to feel like he has a place in society and that life is worth living. Special features: Commentary soundtrack by film scholar Donald Richie, a making-of documentary (31 min.), a short (25 min.) looking at the challenges from censors that Kurosawa faced in making Drunken angel, and a booklet featuring an essay by cultural historian Ian Buruma and excerpts from Kurasawa's autobiography. 98 min. DVD 8890
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A Drunkard's Reformation. (1909)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. "A drinking man arrives home, late and sozzled as usual. His wife reminds him that he promised to take their child to a play. The play proves to be a morality tale about the evils of drink; he sees the parallels in his own life and swears off the demon brew." [Internet Movie Database] DVD X3236; vhs 999:2775; VHS copy 2: 999:593
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Gunning, Tom. "From the Opium Den to the Theater of Morality: Moral Discourse and the Film Process in Early American Cinema." In: The silent cinema reader / edited by Lee Grieveson and Peter Krämer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.75 .S547 2004)
Smith, Diane; Singer, Robert. "A drunkard's representation: the appropriation of naturalism in D.W. Griffith's Biograph films." Griffithiana: Journal of Film History; May 1999, Issue 65, p97, 15p

Drunks (1995)
Directed by Peter Cohn. Cast: Richard Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Spalding Gray, Amanda Plummer, Diane Wiest. Story of a small group of recovering alcoholics who meet in a Times Square church basement for an AA meeting. Collectively they share their hopes, fears triumphs and frailties -- keeping their faith even as a dramatic upheaval threatens the life of a man they all admire. 88 min. DVD 7148
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Factotum (2005)
Directed by Bent Hamer. Cast: Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Didier Flamand, Adrienne Shelly, Tom Lyons, Karen Young. This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Based on the novel by Charles Bukowski. 94 min. DVD 6751
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Felix the Cat Woos Whoopee (1928)
Directed by Otto Messmer. Animated short. "Long before Felix the Cat used his magical “Bag of Tricks” to foil the nefarious plans of the Professor, Rock Bottom, and the Master Cylinder (Anyone else grow up in the 70’s?) he got bombed out of his skull in the silent short subject Felix the Cat Woos Whoopee. The plot of the cartoon is simple--Felix carouses until 6 a.m. at the Whoopee Club, chugging beer, wine, and anything else he can lay his hands on, while his wife waits up impatiently with a rolling pin. As the fuddled feline teeters home, monstrous hallucinations block his path, including dragons, a winged ape, and a walking trombone. It’s a toss up as to whether the missus or Felix’s own imagination poses a greater threat to his well being." [Booze Movies] DVD 8500

A Free Soul (1931)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable, Lucy Beaumont. In A Free Soul, Lionel Barrymore captured an Oscar for his portrayal of a brilliant alcoholic lawyer Stephen Ashe, who successfully defends dashing gangster Ace Wilfong (Clark Gable) on a murder charge only to find that his headstrong daughter, Jan (Norma Shearer), has fallen in love with his client. Jan, a fun-loving socialite seeking freedom from her blue-blood upbringing, is only too eager to dump her aristocratic boyfriend (Leslie Howard) for the no-good gangster. She runs away from her childhood home to become Ace's mistress, embarking on a series of seedy adventures in New York's underbelly. Desperate to save his daughter's tainted reputation, Stephen finds her and makes her a deal: He'll stop drinking if she'll stop seeing Ace. The thrilling conclusion might just tear them apart forever. Shearer and director Clarence Brown also received nominations for their work in this powerful and moving film. 93 min. DVD 9397
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Gervaise (France, 1956)
Directed by René Clément. Cast: Maria Schell, François Périer, Suzy Delair, Jacques Harden, Jany Holt, Mathilde Casadesus, Florelle, Armand Mestral. A story of mid-19th-century Parisian slums in which a young girl's dreams of a happy home and a successful laundry are cruelly destroyed by a drunken husband. Based on Emile Zola's L'Assommoir. 117 min. DVD X4386
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Hancock(2008)
Directed by Peter Berg. Cast: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Jae Head, Eddie Marsan. "The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family." Special features: Superhumans : the making of Hancock; Seeing the future : an in-depth look at the scenes of Hancock using pre-visualization, film and behind-the-scenes footage; Building a better hero : special effects featurette; Bumps and bruises : stunts featurette; Mere mortals : behind the scenes with "Dirty Pete," the directing style of Peter Berg. 102 min. DVD X5324
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The Hangover (2009)
Directed by Todd Phillips. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor. Two days before his wedding, Doug and his groomsmen take off for a 24-hour stag party in Las Vegas. The morning after their arrival in Vegas, they awaken in their Caesars Palace hotel suite each with the worst hangover. No one remembers what happened in the past twelve or so hours. The suite is in shambles and Doug is missing. Phil, Stu and Alan try to find Doug using only what little pieces of information they have at hand and go on a journey of discovery. However, it's a race against time since they need to find Doug and get him back to Los Angeles in time for the wedding. 100 min. DVD X4226
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High and Dizzy(1920
Director, Hal Roach. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks, Wallace Howe. After a long wait, a young doctor finally has a patient come to his office. She is a young woman whose father has brought her to be treated for sleep-walking, but the father becomes annoyed with the doctor, and takes his daughter away. Soon afterward, the young doctor shares in a drinking binge with another doctor who has built a still in his office. After a series of misadventures, the two of them wind up in the same hotel where the daughter and her father are staying, leading to some hazardous predicaments. 27 min. DVD 4324

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet, Don Taylor, Ray Danton. Biographical film that tells the story of Lillian Roth, who battled alcoholism as she worked her way to Broadway stardom. After her fall from fame to a booze-hazy existence on L.A.'s Skid Row, she fought her way back with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. 110 min. DVD 8930
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Indebted (2005)
Directed by Jose Rosete. Cast: Jose Rosete, Dona Wood, Katie McKinley-Colman. Ramon battles many issues in his life, including alcoholism, financial debt, and his own insecurities. As a result, his relationships with his ex-wife and daughter suffer. All of this has taken a toll on him and Ramon contemplates giving up on life altogether. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 15 min. DVD X4041
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Intoxicating (2003)
Directed by Mark David. Cast: Mark David, William Tabanou. The story of the downward spiral of a charismatic heart surgeon who abuses alcohol and drugs, trading stolen pharmaceuticals for cocaine. The film follows him through a maze of clubs and binges and surgeries, into the heart of drug abuse. 108 min. DVD 5392
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Jack Daniels(2005)
Director, Miguel Creus. A drama examining the impact of a man's drunken behavior on his wife and child. 7 min. DVD X6986

Julia(France | USA | Mexico | Belgium, 2008)
Director, Erick Zonca. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate Del Castillo, Aidan Gould, Jude Ciccolella, Bruno Bichir, Horacio Garcia Rojas, Kevin Kilner, John Bellucci, Ezra Buzzington, Roger Cudney, Eugene Byrd, Neko Parham. Julia is a 40-year-old alcoholic on the constant decline. She spends the nights partying, usually not knowing where she is, when she wakes up. Because of that, she loses her job. Her only friend, Mitch, a recovering alcoholic himself, makes her go to an AA meeting, where she meets her neighbor, Elena. Elena tells Julia that she wants to kidnap her son who is living with his very rich grandfather and go back to Mexico with him and she needs Julia to help her. If Julia agrees, Elena will pay her $50,000. Out of control, Julia convinces herself to commit this violent crime. 144 min. DVD X7293
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Karanja, The Suffering Alcoholic: Is There Hope?(Kenya, 1999)
Director, Steve Kiura. A drama created in Kenya to encourage alcoholics to seek help. Karanja, a family man is caught in the trap of alcoholism. His colleague Frank, a recovering alcoholic, tries to help but Karanja ignores him. Soon he loses his job and family. At rock bottom, Karanja comes to the realization that he really needs help. At this point Frank convinces him that alcoholism is a sickness and that he is powerless by himself. Karanja joins the Alcoholics Anonymous support group, finds a new life and is reunited with his family. 67 min. vhs 999:3793

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Directed by Mike Figgis. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands. Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter whom lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. 112 min. DVD 5035
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)
Golden Globes - Best Actor, Drama (Nicolas Cage)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor, Drama (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress (Elisabeth Shue)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Nicolas Cage)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director; Best Actor (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress (Elisabeth Shue)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor

Fried, John. "Leaving Las Vegas." Cineaste 22:1 (April 1996) p. 64 UC users only
Nick James. "Intoxication." Sight and Sound 7:2 (February 1997) p. 26-28UC users only
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Roth, Bennett E. "Order anything you want: "Leaving Las Vegas."" Psychoanalytic Review, 1996, Vol. 83 Issue 4, p625-628, 4p UC users only
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The Legend of the Holy Drinker (La leggenda del Santo Bevitore) (Italy | France, 1988)
Directed by Ermanno Olmi. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Anthony Quayle, Sandrine Dumas, Dominique Pinon. Rutger Hauer plays an alcoholic derelict in 1930s Paris who comes into a large sum of money. Though his benefactor is a human stranger, Hauer attributes his windfall to Santo Bevitor, or the "saint of drunkards." When Hauer tries to pay back the favor, he is constantly thwarted by society's "better" people. Based on the novel by Joseph Roth. 125 min. DVD X5037
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Long Day's Journey Into Night(1962)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards Jr., Sir Ralph Richardson, Dean Stockwell. Based on Eugene O'Neill's 1956 autobiograpy, this film depicts a day in the life of a family deteriorating under drug addiction, alcoholism, and imminent death. 180 min. DVD 5035
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Lost Weekend (1945)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen. A would-be writer's dissatisfaction with his life leads him on a three-day binge. This film gives an uncompromising look at the devestating effects of alcoholism. 100 min. DVD 535
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Festival
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Wilder, Billy. The lost weekend / Billy Wilder ; screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder ; with an introduction by Jeffrey Meyers. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.L748 W55 2000)

Mabel's Married Life (1914)
Director, Charles Chaplin. Cast: Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand. Mabel goes home after being humiliated by a masher whom her wimpy husband won't fight. The husband goes off to a bar and gets drunk. She buys a boxing dummy hoping it will inspire her husband, but when he returns he gets in a fight with it, taking it to be the ladykiller. 17 min. DVD 65
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A Night Out (aka. Champagne Charlie, Charlie's Drunken Daze, Charlie's Night out, His Night Out)(1915)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. After a visit to a pub, Charlie and Ben cause a ruckus at a posh restaurant. Charlie later finds himself in a compromising position at a hotel with the head waiter's wife. 33 min. DVD 74

Nil by Mouth (UK | France, 2006)
Directed by Gary Oldman. Cast: Kathy Burke, Ray Winstone, Charlie Creed-Miles, Laila Morse, Edna Dore. A raw, unflinching look at a dysfunctional family as it copes with alcoholism, drug abuse, petty crime and domestic violence in South East London. PAL, region 2. 128 min. DVD X3931
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Douthwaite, John; Zurru, Elisabetta. "Patriarchy and Alterity: Reconsidering (Female) Identity and Its Construction." Textus; 2009, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p77-112, 36p UC users only
Godfrey, Sarah. "Villainous Victims: The Paradox of the 'Damaged' Man in Naked and Nil by Mouth." eSharp: Electronic Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Review for Postgraduates, vol. 9, 2007 Spring
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Notre Histoire (Our History)(France, 1984)
Director, Bertrand Blier. Cast: Alain Delon, Nathalie Baye. A desperate alcoholic reaches a turning-point in his life when he meets a strange woman in a railway carriage: they make love, but then she leaves. Chasing after the girl, he clings to her as if she were his final chance. 111 min. DVD X4673
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One A.M. (1917)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin. Charlie arrives home inebriated and tries to get into his house, upstairs and to bed. 2 min. DVD 10
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Revenge of the Drunken Master (1984)
Directed by Godfrey Ho. Cast: Johnny Chan, Eagle Han, Bruce Cheung, Wang Sao. Fei Hong is a happy go lucky kung fu master who becomes a target of the Black Mask Ninja Gang. They set out to make sure Fei Hong and Sam the Seed never meddle in their schemes again. Big mistake! English language version. 81 min. DVD 6256
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Scram! (1932)
Directed by Raymond McCarey. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Arthur Housman, Vivien Oakland, Rychard Cramer. "Ordered out of town by angry Judge Beaumont, vagrants Stanley and Oliver meet a congenial drunk who invites them to stay at his luxurious mansion. The drunk can't find his key, but the boys find a way in, sending the surprised woman inside into a faint. They revive her with what they think is water, but is actually gin, and all get tipsy in the process. Outside, the drunk realizes he's at the wrong house and stumbles off. Eventually, the real homeowner arrives, none other than Judge Beaumont." [IMDB] 20 min. DVD X317
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Sideways (2004)
Directed by Alexander Payne. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virgina Madsen, Sandra Oh. Miles is a divorced man and a failed writer who teaches junior high school English. He decides to take his best friend, somewhat famous actor Jack, on a weeklong drive through California's wine country. There they explore their failures and question their relationships. 127 min. DVD 719
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Awards
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best Picture; Best Director

Abeel, Erica. "Grapes of Mirth." Film Journal International; Nov2004, Vol. 107 Issue 11, p22-26, 3p,
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Denby, David. "Drinking and Driving: Alexander Payne's " Sideways"." The New Yorker 80:32 (25 October 2004) p. 96-97
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Heyraud, Joyce King. "Sideways." Psychological Perspectives, Dec2005, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p339-341, 3p
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Hoffman, Thomas. "Hysteria in Wine Country." Psychoanalytic Psychology, 23:667-674.
Jacobson, Harlan. "Movie of the Moment: Sideways." Film Comment, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 24-27, Sept 2004
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Nystrom, Derek. "Fear of Falling Sideways: Alexander Payne's Rhetoric of Class." Postmodern Culture 16.1, 2005
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Reitano, Natalie. "American Squander: Sideways and the Extravagance of Self-Pity." Senses of Cinema vol. 34, pp. (no pagination), Jan 2005
Ruf, Frederick J. "Sideways." Journal of Religion & Film, Oct2005, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p10-10, 1p
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Turlejski, Dorota M. "Sideways." Journal of Feminist Family Therapy; 2005, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p81-83
Vanneman, Alan. "Sideways to Hell, maybe!" Bright Lights, February 2005 | Issue 47

Payne, Alexander. Sideways / screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor ; introduction by Peter Travers ; afterword by Rex Pickett. New York : Newmarket Press, c2004. (Pacific Film Archive PN1997. S58 P39 2004)

16 years of Alcohol (UK, 2003)
Directed by Richard Jobson. Cast: Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Susan Lynch, Jim Carter, Ewen Bremner. An intelligent but angry man, who has had a rough upbringing and has spent years leading a street gang in Edinburgh, meets the love of his life and he is forever changed. 96 min. DVD 4698
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Smash-up: The Story of a Woman(1947)
Directed by Stuart Heisler. Original story, Dorothy Parker, Frank Cavett. Cast: Susan Hayward, Eddie Albert, Lee Bowman, Marsha Hunt, Carl Esmond, Carleton Young, Charles D. Brown, Janet Murdoch. "Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping radio crooner, Angie is forced into idle luxury which proves her downfall. Her potential alcoholism burgeons and Ken remains clueless concerning his responsibility for her problems." [IMDB] 104 min. DVD X3766
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Sophie (2002)
Directed by Helen Haeyoung Lee. Cast: Monique Dami Lee, Elizabeth Lee, John Shin, Satya Lee, Charlie S. Lee. A somber, disquieting portrait of a Korean American family trapped in the miserable grasp of an abusive, alcoholic patriarch, told from the point of view of Sophie, a girl in the family. 29 min. Video/C MM1124

The Struggle (1931)
Directed by D. W. Griffith. Cast: Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Evelyn Baldwin, Edna Hagan, Charlotte Wynters. In this, D.W. Griffith's last film, he returns to minimalist production values to tell the story of Jimmie Wilson, a hard-working American everyman who falls victim to the debilitating affliction of alcoholism. 77 min. DVD X622; vhs 999:3489
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Smith, Diane; Singer, Robert. "A drunkard's representation: the appropriation of naturalism in D.W. Griffith's Biograph films." Griffithiana: Journal of Film History; May 1999, Issue 65, p97, 15p

The Temptress (1931)
Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Greta Garbo (Elena), Antonio Moreno (Manuel Robledo), Marc MacDermott (M. Fontenoy), Lionel Barrymore (Canterac), Armand Kaliz (Marquis de Torre Bianca), Roy D'Arcy (Manos Duras). An unhappy wife (Elena) falls in love with a Spanish engineer (Robledo). When it is revealed that Elena is not only married, but has also been the mistress of a banker (Fontenoy), Robledo returns to South America. Years later Robledo returns to Paris and runs into Elena who does not seem to recognize him. Elena has become a pathetic drunkard who is apparently beyond Robledo's help. Based on the novel La tierra de todos by Vicente Blasco-Ibáñez. 115 min. DVD 4286
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Ten Nights in a Barroom (1931)
Directed by William O'Connor. Cast: William Farnum, Thomas Santschi, Patty Lou Lynd, Robert Fraser, Phyllis Barrington. A melodrama about the degrading effects of alcohol. Set in a small western town around 1910, this is the story of a well-respected man who avoids the local saloon until by chance he succumbs to drink and his life falls apart. Released during the Prohibition era as a statement for temperance. 72 min. DVD X531
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Tender Mercies (1983)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Allan Hubbard, Betty Buckley, Ellen Barkin. An alcoholic drifter comes into the life of a lonely widow and her young son in the barren flatlands of Texas. But when Mac is revealed to be a once-famous country singer, he must confront a painful past that includes his bitter superstar ex-wife. Special features: "Miracles & mercies" featurette - featuring interviews with stars Robert Duvall, Tess Harper and Allan Hubbard, director Bruce Beresford, and writer/co-producer Horton Foote; theatrical trailer. 92 min. DVD X3761
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Denzin, Norman K. "Reading "Tender Mercies": Two Interpretations." The Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring, 1989), pp. 37-57 UC users only

The Thin Man series
Featuring the hard-drinking, urbane husband and wife detective team, Nick and Nora Charles. "The important thing is the rhythm," Nick explains to a bartender, cocktail shaker in hand. "You always have rhythm in your shaking. Now, a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time. A Bronx, to two-step time. But a dry martini you always shake to waltz time." Nick is joined a few moments later by his wife and his wire-haired terrier. The former inquires how much he's had to drink and is told he's on his sixth martini. As she downs her first, she flags down a waiter: "Will you bring me five more martinis and line them up right here?"

The Thin Man(1934)
DVD 4154
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After the Thin Man (1936)
DVD 4155
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Another Thin Man(1939)
DVD 4156
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Shadow of the Thin Man(1941)
DVD 4157
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The Thin Man Goes Home(1944)
DVD 4158
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Song of the Thin Man(1947)
DVD 4159
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Trois films de Prévention (France, 1918)
Directed by O'Galop. Animated film presenting the dangers of alcoholism.

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28 Days (2000)
Directed by Betty Thomas. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Diane Ladd, Elizabeth Perkins, Steve Buscemi. A high-flying party girl gets herself a DUI and 28 days in rehab -- and ends up discovering that real happiness must come from within. 104 min. DVD 7112
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Two Hearts in Wax Time(1935)
Musical short. A department store employee who carries mannequins tends to overindulge in alcohol. One evening after work, he sees his "coworkers" come to life in the store's display window. Included on DVD 6400
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Under the Volcano (1984)
Directed by John Huston. Cast: Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews. Withering from alcoholism, British consul Geoffrey Firmin stumbles through a small Mexican village amidst the Day of the Dead fiesta, attempting to reconnect with his estranged wife, but only further alienating himself. Based on the novel by Malcolm Lowry. Special features (Disc 1): Audio commentaries by Michael Fitzgerald, Wieland Schulz-Keil, and Moritz Borman on the film, by Guy Gallo on selected scenes, and by Danny Huston on the main title sequence ; Theatrical trailer. Special features (Disc 2): Interview with Jacqueline Bisset (2007) ; Notes from Under the volcano (60 min. documentary on the film's production, 1984) directed by Gary Conklin ; Volcano, an inquiry into the life and death of Malcolm Lowry (99 min. documentary about author Malcolm Lowry, 1976) narrated by Richard Burton ; Audio interview with John Huston (1984). 112 min. DVD X2038
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The Verdict (1982)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea. An alcoholic lawyer stumbles upon one last chance to redeem himself by taking on a controversial court case against seemingly insurmountable opposition. 129 min. DVD 5652
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What Drink Did(1909)
Director, D.W. Griffith; Cast: David Miles, Florence Lawrence. A man leaves his wife and two daughters for work in a carpentry shop. At work, he initially refuses a beer with lunch, then gives in. After work, two friends take a little while to convince him to go for a refreshing malt beverage, then to have another and another. Meanwhile, the family waits. He arrives home late and abusive. The next day, hung over, he takes much less convincing to have the drinks; he's gone so long that his wife sends a daughter looking for him. She eventually finds him, can't convince him to return home, goes home, sees her mother's distress, and returns to the bar. This time, her father gets more abusive, a fight ensues, a shot is fired, and tragedy strikes. DVD X3234; vhs 999:593; vhs 999:2775
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Smith, Diane; Singer, Robert. "A drunkard's representation: the appropriation of naturalism in D.W. Griffith's Biograph films." Griffithiana: Journal of Film History, May 1999, Issue 65, p97, 15p

What! No Beer? (1933)
Directed by Edward Sedgwick. Cast: Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Rosco Ates, Phyllis Barry, John Miljan, Henry Armetta, Edward Brophy, Charles Dunbar, Charles Giblyn. Two of comedy's greatest masters, Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante, appear together in this effervescent and irreverent slapstick about a couple of regular guys trying to cash in on the end of Prohibition. 66 min. vhs 999:3947
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When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Directed by Luis Mandoki. Cast: Andy Garcia, Meg Ryan, Lauren Tom, Ellen Burstyn. Alice and Michael are a passionate couple whose once-stable marriage is rocked by her increasing dependence on alcohol. As they strive to overcome this challenge, they discover a renewed sense of love and commitment. 126 min. DVD X3764
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Whisky Galore (Tight Little Island) (Ealing Studios, UK, 1949)
Director, Alexander Mackendrick; Cast: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, James Robertson Justice, Gordon Jackson.When a ship loaded with whisky is wrecked on a Scottish island, a battle of wits ensues between the canny Scots islanders and the local customs inspector. DVD 7401; also DVD 3671 (non-US standard); vhs 999:520
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McArthur, Colin. Whisky Galore! and The Maggie. / Colin McArthur. London ; New York : I. B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the U.S.A. by Palgrave, 2003. (Full text online (UCB users only); print: Main (Gardner) Stacks & PFA PN1997.W515 M32 2003)

You're Telling Me! (1934)
Directed by Erle C. Kenton. Cast: W.C. Fields, Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Joan Marsh, Adrienne Ames, Louise Carter, Kathleen Howard, Tammany Young, Del Henderson, James B. "Pop" Kenton, Robert McKenzie, Nora Cecil, George Irving. Sam Bisbee is an inventor who is the laughingstock in his small town. After demonstrating another failed invention, he meets a princess who promises to use her celebrity to turn his luck around. "Although W.C. Fields drank immoderately on and off camera, he rarely played a scene in which he appeared pie-eyed drunk. The major exception can be found in You’re Telling Me, the first sound film in which the Great Man was given the solo lead. The movie opens with a masterful drunk scene, in which Fields staggers home, removes his shoes to avoid waking his wife, loses his hat repeatedly, and has to resort to using a funnel to insert his key into the keyhole. Once indoors, he gets caught in the decorative ropes that hang from the hallway curtains and nearly strangles himself in his efforts to become disentangled." [Booze Movies] 106 min. DVD 7430
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Other Films with Alcoholic Central Characters

After the Rehearsal (Efter repetitionen) Director, Ingmar Bergman (Sweden, 1983) DVD 5369; vhs 999:2029
Bajo las estrellas Directed by Felix Viscarret. (Spain, 2007) DVD 9833
Cat Ballou Directed by Elliot Silverstein (1965) DVD X857
A Delicate Balance Directed by Tony Richardson (USA | Canada | UK, 1973) DVD 1786
Dr. T & the Women Directed by Robert Altman. (2000)DVD 8112
El Dorado Director, Howard Hawks. (1967)DVD 8320
Educating Rita Directed by Lewis Gilbert (UK, 1983) DVD X1977
Everything Must Go Directed by Dan Rush (2010) DVD X6533
The Golden Chance Directed by Cecil B. DeMille (1915) DVD 5033
House of Sand and Fog Directed by Vadim Perelman (2003) DVD 2562
Humoresque Director, Jean Negulesco (1947) DVD 4049; vhs 999:1228
Idol Dancer Director, D.W. Griffith. (1920) DVD X3236
Jism: The Dark Side of Desire Directed by Amit Saxena (India, 2003) DVD 1619
Mariposas en el estómago (Butterflies in the Belly) Directors: Isaac Ruiz, Ibis Lopez y Eduardo Dueñas (Mexico, 2007) DVD X2207
A Moon for the Misbegotten Directors, José Quintero, Gordon Rigsby (1975) DVD 1451; Video/C 8266
Mouchette Director, Robert Bresson (France, 1967) DVD 7392
The Night of the Iguana Directed by John Huston (1964) DVD X3073; vhs 999:646
Nightmare Alley Directed by Edmund Goulding (1947) DVD 4028
Le petit lieutenant Director, Xavier Beauvois (France, 2005) DVD 8240
Red Circle (Le cercle rouge) Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville (France, 1970) DVD 2201
Rio Bravo Directed by Howard Hawks (1959) DVD 4270; vhs 999:51
The Secret of Santa Vittoria Directed by Stanley Kramer (1969) DVD X2617
The Small Back Room Directors, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (UK, 1949) DVD X95
A Star Is Born Director, George Cukor(1954) DVD 572; vhs 999:1018
A Star Is Born Director, William A. Wellman (1937) DVD 3284; vhs 999:737
A Star Is Born Director, William A. Wellman (1937) DVD 3284; vhs 999:737
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Directed by Lewis Milestone (1946) DVD 685; vhs 999:1860
Tender Mercies Directed by Bruce Beresford (1983) DVD X3761
Time Without Pity Directed by Joseph Losey (UK, 1957) DVD 3606
Tombstone Directed by George P. Cosmatos (1993) DVD X4778
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Directed by Elia Kazan. (1945) DVD X5362
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Directed by Mike Nichols (1966) DVD 8565; DVD 5574; vhs 999:212

Drugs in the Movies

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The Acid House (UK, 1998)
Directed by Paul McGuigan. Cast: Cast: Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd, Maurice Roeves, Martin Clunes, Jemma Redgrave, Stephen McCole, Michelle Gomez, Arlene Lockburn, Gary McCormack. This surreal collection of short stories combines a vicious sense of humor with hard talking drama as it plunges the viewer into increasingly bizarre situations: hapless Boab has a chance encounter with a vengeful God; soft-centered Johnny is forced to contend with a psychotic neighbor and a wayward wife; and Coco takes an acid trip that literally takes him back to the womb. 15 min. DVD 862
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Another Day in Paradise (1997)
Directed by Larry Clark. Cast: James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser, Natasha Gregson Wagner. In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up on a cross-country crime spree committing various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder. 101 min. DVD 5779
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Assassin of Youth (1937)
Directed by Elmer Clifton. Cast: Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers, not realizing that she is being framed by greedy relatives out to prevent her from getting an inheritance, and starts down the road to ruin. A reporter poses as a soda jerk to infiltrate the gang of teen dope fiends and save the clean and wholesome youth of the town from the horrors of marijuana addiction. 73 min. DVD 8612; also DVD X971
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The Awakening of the Beast: Ritual of the Maniacs (O Despertar da Besta: Ritual dos Sadicos) (Brazil, 1968)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Sérgio Hingst, Ozualdo Candeias, Andréa Bryan. A psychiatrist conducts experiments on volunteer drug addicts with LSD, to prove that illegal drug use leads to sexual perversion and other immoral behaviors. A surreal exploitation flick, which seems to start out as a documentary but quickly turns farcical. Banned for more than 20 years by the Brazilian government. 92 min. DVD X3113; vhs 999:1417
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Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner. Lt. Terence McDonagh is a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is to scoring drugs while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves and together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience. Based on the novel by Jim Carroll. 121 min. DVD X3124
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The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Directed by Scott Kalvert. Cast: Faye Dunaway, Mickey Rourke, Alice Krige, J. C. Quinn, Frank Stallone. "Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity." [Internet Movie Database] Based on the novel by Jim Carroll. 102 min. DVD 5979
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Benjamin, Richard. "The Sense of an Ending: Youth Apocalypse Films." Journal of Film and Video, Winter 2004, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p34-49, 16p UC users only

Bigger Than Life (1956)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau. Schoolteacher Ed Avery, who's been suffering bouts of severe pain and even blackouts, is hospitalized with what's diagnosed as a rare inflammation of the arteries. Told by doctors that he probably has only months to live, Ed agrees to an experimental treatment: doses of the hormone cortisone. Ed makes a remarkable recovery, and returns but he must keep taking cortisone tablets regularly to prevent a recurrence of his illness. But the 'miracle' cure turns into its own nightmare as Ed starts to abuse the tablets, causing him to experience increasingly wild mood swings. 92 min. DVD X239
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The Blackout (1999)
Directed by Abel Ferrara. Cast: Matthew Modine, Claudia Schiffer, Beatrice Dalle, Sarah Lassez, Dennis Hopper. Matty is a drug-addicted film star who, visits the underground nightlife of Miami Beach with his fiancee Annie and their mutual friend Mickey. In a relatively sober moment, Annie reveals a secret; they fight and she leaves. Matty then goes on a wild night of sex and drugs with Mickey, at the end of the night Matty passes out. Eighteen months later Matty lives in New York, is sober and has a new relationship. But, he is haunted by images of Annie and that wild night, so he returns to Miami to find out what happened. 98 min. DVD X6243
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Blow (1956)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Molla, Cliff Curtis, Max Perlich, Miguel Sandoval, Ray Liotta. Based on the true story of George Jung. This is an uncompromising look at the rise and fall of the man who became the largest importer of Colombia cocaine to the United States in the 1970's. Based on the book by Bruce Porter. Special features: documentary: "Lost paradise: cocaine's impact on Colombia"; documentary: "Addiction: body and soul"; George Jung interviews; fact and trivia subtitle track; filmmaker commentary with director Ted Demme and the real George Jung; deleted scenes with optional commentary by Ted Demme; production diary; character outtakes; Nikka Costa music video "Push and pull"; theatrical teaser and trailer; cast and crew filmographies. 123 min. DVD X3768
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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Directed by James Bridges. Cast:Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates. Jamie Conway, an aspiring writer, abandons the wheat fields of Kansas for the skyline of Manhattan, and the city's seductive party subculture. Hitting the clubs night after night, Jamie soon spins out of control, and he risks losing everything and everyone he loves. Based on the novel by Jay McInerney. Special features: Commentary with author/screenwriter Jay McInerney; commentary with cinematographer Gordon Willis; exclusive featurettes: Jay McInerney's The light within ; Big city lights; still photo gallery. 108 min. DVD X3774
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Chappaqua (1966)
Directed and written by Conrad Rooks. Cast: Jean Louis Barrault, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Swami Satchidananda, Ornette Coleman. The bizarre hallucinations of a heroin addict in withdrawal provide the basis for this unstructured, semi-autobiographical film by director Conrad Rooks. It begins as protagonist Russel Harwick arrives strung-out in Paris for a sleep-cure. As the strange visions begin, the story jumps haphazardly between 'reality' and Harwick's dream-world memories of growing up in Chappaqua, New York. The score was composed and played by sitarist Ravi Shankar. 82 min. DVD X5667; vhs 999:2818
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Cisco Pike (1972)
Directed by Bill L. Norton. Cast: Gene Hackman, Karen Black, Kris Kristofferson. A once famous rock singer is released from prison where he served time for drug dealing. He wants to go straight but is blackmailed by a crooked cop and is forced back into the drug dealing business. 94 min. DVD X4020
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Clean and Sober (1988)
Directed by Glenn Gordon Caron. Cast: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, M. Emmet Walsh, Tate Donovan. A young, hotshot real-estate broker has a drug abuse problem he refuses to acknowledge. When he gets in trouble with his company and the law, he decides to hide out in a detox program. What he doesn't count on is that the drug rehab program will force him to face himself, admit his addiction and come clean. 124 min. DVD 7111
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The Cocaine Fiends (aka The Pace That Kills)(1936)
Directed by William A. O'Connor. Cast: Lois January, Noel Madison, Sheila Manners, Dean Benton, Lois Lindsay. A drug dealer on the run from the law meets an innocent young girl and her brother, and turns them into "cocaine fiends." A lurid depiction of the horrors of cocaine use. 68 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
Directed by Albert Zugsmith. Cast: Vincent Price, Linda Ho, Richard Loo, King Vidor, Florence Vidor. Set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the Tong wars of the 1800s, women are sold as slaves by an evil drug lord named Ling Tang. DeQuincey is hired to find a woman who has escaped the slave trade and bring her back. As he hides out in Chinatown he discovers the wonders of the opium trade and the drug's hallucinogenic effects. "Filled with absurd dialogue, Asian stereotypes and A-typical Zugsmith exploitation touches, the film is a classic of the early 60's sleaze genre." 85 min. DVD 5141
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Kutner, C. Jerry. "Albert Zugsmith's Opium Dreams." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only

The Connection. (1961)
Filmed version of a play with the same title by Jack Gelber. Based on the Living Theatre production created in 1961, as directed by Judith Malina and designed by Julian Beck. Credits: Writer, Jack Gelber; producers, Lewis Allen, Shirley Clarke; director/editor, Shirley Clarke; production designer, Richard Sylbert; art director, Albert Brenner; director of photography, Arthur J. Ornitz; introduction, J.J. Burden. Performers: Warren Finnerty, Carl Lee, the Freddie Redd Quartet. 105 min. DVD X6189 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:893

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The Corner (TV, HBO, 2000)
Director, Charles S. Dutton.. Cast: T.K. Carter, Khandi Alexander, Sean Nelson, Clarke Peters, Glenn Plummer, Toy Connor, Tasha Smith. Based on a true story, this TV mini series chronicles a year in the lives of 15-year-old DeAndre McCullough, his mother Fran and father Gary, along with their friends, enemies, and neighbors. Ever present in their world is illicit drugs-- heroin and cocaine-- the need that fuels the business, and the business that fuels the need. Based on the book "The corner: a year in the life of an inner-city neighborhood" by David Simon and Edward Burns. 360 min. DVD 5694
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Dealer (Germany, 1999)
Director, Thomas Arslan. Can is a small time drug dealer in a Turkish "guest worker" community in Berlin. He is not happy with his situation, constantly trying to reconcile the irreconcilable elements in his life: drugs, family, street violence and love. When his boss Hakan promises to make him a bar manager his hopes are raised but then Hakan is killed and Can is eventually arrested and condemned to four years in prison. PAL format. In German and Turkish. In German and Turkish. 80 min. vhs 999:2997
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The Devil's Needle(1916)
Director: Chester Withey Cast: Norma Talmadge, Tully Marshall, Marguerite Marsh. Norma is a drug-addicted artist's model who cheers up after giving herself a needle. Tully Marshall is the artist who resists at first, but later becomes the crazed lunatic which he always played so well. 59 min <DVD X4477
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Dokter Pulder zaait papavers(Netherlands, 1975)
Directed by Bert Haanstra. Cast: Kees Brusse, Ton Lensink, Dora van der Groen, Henny Orri, Karin Loeb, Manon Alving, Peter Römer. A smalltown doctor gets a visit from an old friend, now a famous neurologist. What he doesn't know is that this former surgeon has become a junkie and wants to steal his morphine. 102 min. DVD X2165
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Drugstore Cowboy(1989)
Director, Gus Van Sant. Cast: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Remar, James Le Gros, Heather Graham, William Burroughs, Max Perlich, Grace Zabriskie, Beah Richards. A band of drug addicts, led by a husband and wife team, resort to robbing drugstores to stay high. They are successful in avoiding capture until their luck begins to run out, and the husband has to accept the fact that he must give up drugs to survive. 104 min. DVD 4975
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Easy Rider(1969)
Director, Dennis Hopper. Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson. "Two long-haired bikers from Los Angeles take off on a cross-country trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. On the way they meet several unusual characters. A rancher and his family, a hitchhiker and the hippie commune where he lives, hookers, red-necks, but most noticeably George Hansen played by Jack Nicholson. Mr. Nicholson gained national attention for his role as the "law'er with the ACLU". Dennis Hopper won "Best New Director" at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival." [Internet Movie Database] Special features on DVD X5299: Disc 1. audio commentary featuring the Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Paul Lewis. Disc 2. Two "making-of" documentaries: "Born to be wild" (1995) and "Easy Rider : shaking the cage"; television excerpts showing Hopper and Fonda at the Cannes Film Festival; new video interview with BBS cofounder Steve Blauner. DVD X5299; DVD 4647; vhs 999:229
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The Enter the Void (France | Germany | Italy | Canada, 2009)
Directed by Gaspar Noé. Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander, Masato Tanno. "Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a druggie, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void?" [IMDB] 161 min. DVD X5558
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by Terry Gilliam. Cast: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Craig Bierko, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey. Fueled by a suitcase full of pharmaceuticals, journalist Raoul Duke and his sidekick Dr. Gonzo set off on a fast and furious ride in Las Vegas through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of crazy characters. 119 min. DVD 508
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For His Son (1912)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Charles Hill Mailes, Charles West, Blanche Sweet. A father, anxious for his son's financial well being, develops a special soda pop called Dopokoke which is laced with cocaine. Dopokoke is advertised as relief "for that tired feeling." The drink is a success, but the son becomes addicted to it, much to his father's regret. Loosely based on the allegations that the Coca-Cola company and other soft drink manufacturers laced their soda with dope. DVD 1399; vhs 999:3392
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Friday (1995)
Directed by F. Gary Gray. Cast: Ice Cube; Chris Tucker; Nia Long; Tiny "Zeus" Lister, Jr.; Regina King; Anna Maria Horsford; Bernie Mac; John Witherspoon. "Craig and Smokey are two guys in Los Angeles hanging out on their porch on a Friday afternoon, smoking and drinking, looking for something to do. Encounters with neighbors and other friends over the course of the day and night, and their ensuing antics, make up the rest of the movie." [Internet Movie Database] 91 min. DVD 8974; vhs 999:2809
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Gridlock'd (1997)
Directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall. Cast: Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Thandie Newton. When a friend dies of a drug overdose, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police. 91 min. DVD X2998
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Groove (2000)
Directed by Greg Harrison. Cast: MacKenzie Firgens, Lola Glaudini, Denny Kirkwood, Hamish Linklater, Rachel True. Set in San Francisco in the subculture of the raves, the film's main characters include Leyla who recently arrived from New York, neo-hippy Harmony who is celebrating her birthday with her boyfriend Colin and Colin's nerdy brother David who would much rather read than rave. As the film charts David's first taste of chemically-induced Ecstasy and his budding romance with Leyla, who serves as his trip guide, the film also includes a small vignette of the tattoo and piercing set, including blissed-out drug dealers and their attempts at scamming on chicks, a skinhead looking for trouble, and a gay couple who can't figure out where the rave is. 86 min. DVD 409
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Heroes for Sale (1933)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Cast: Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon, Loretta Young, Gordon Westcott, Robert Barrat. Host, Leonard Maltin. One of the "social conscience" films of the 1930s, this tells the story of Tom Holmes whose return home as a wounded morphine-addicted World War I doughboy is just the beginning of a chain of woes involving joblessness, the building and loss of a successful business and unjust imprisonment. But no matter how many times he's knocked down, he always gets back up ... a tough hero for a tough time. DVD special features: Commentary on "Heroes for sale" by historian John Gallagher; commentary on "Wild boys of the road" by William Wellman, Jr. and historian Frank Thompson; S.S. Van Dine detective short "The trans-Atlantic mystery;" 2 classic cartoons "One step ahead of my shadow" and "Sittin' on a backyard fence;" theatrical trailers.71 min. DVD X1427; vhs 999:3311
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I Love You Alice B. Toklas(1968)
Directed by Hy Averback. Cast: Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young, Joyce Van Patten. One day you're a career 9-to-5er with a pending marriage, and then next you know, you chuck it all for beads, bell-bottoms and free love. This is the life of Harold Fine, a dedicated lawyer about to become a more dedicated dropout. "Films such as I Love You Alice B. Toklas! (1968) and Easy Rider (1969) can be used to demonstrate the changing attitude towards drug culture during the 1960's and 1970's. Marijuana was commuted, as were the laws surrounding its possession, from "killer weed" to "drop-out weed." As it became popular with middle-class white university students, its stigma was diminished greatly; so much so that it was decriminalised in eleven U.S. states. It is during this period that marijuana is portrayed openly in films as a peaceful and even enlightening natural substance. I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is a charming comedy focusing on the mid-life crisis of the main character played by Peter Sellers. He meets a sweet flower child and is introduced to the hippie world of counterculture and pot. As Frank Thompson, in his article, "Movies on Drugs", writes, "marijuana is an entirely positive force in Toklas; everyone who uses it (even unwittingly Sellers' aging parents) emerges more thoughtful, aware, spontaneous - freer." I was hard-pressed to find films in any of the other historical periods that portray pot in such a benevolent light. Even Cheech and Chong are shown to be at best dull-witted and slow." [Klein, Philippa. "The Bad Influence Representation of Marijuana in Hollywood Films." ] 94 min. DVD 5898
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In Vanda's Room (No Quarto da Vanda) (Portugal | Germany | Switzerland | Italy, 2000)
Directed by Pedro Costa. Cast: Vanda Duarte, Zita Duarte, Lena Duarte, António Semedao Moreno, Pauro Nunes. A documentary-style film about Vanda, a heroin user in Lisbon, and the people around her who live in the ancient ghetto occupied by addicts, hustlers and poor immigrant families. All the buildings in Vanda's district are being demolished, which produces a perpetually grating cacophony throughout the film. 171 min. DVD X2879; DVD X2487 (without English subtitles)
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Intoxicating (2003)
Directed by Mark David. Cast: Mark David, William Tabanou. The story of the downward spiral of a charismatic heart surgeon who abuses alcohol and drugs, trading stolen pharmaceuticals for cocaine. The film follows him through a maze of clubs and binges and surgeries, into the heart of drug abuse. 108 min. DVD 5392

Jesus' Son (1999)
Directed by Alison Maclean. Cast: Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Denis Leary, Holly Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Jack Black. "A gentle and usually mellow young man, who sometimes knows things before they happen and gets vibes of premonition, tell us his story: how he met Michelle in Iowa in 1971, how he got the name Fuckhead, how she introduced him to heroin and their falling in love, his thieving, his hospital work and their time in Chicago when she gets pregnant, detox, going to Phoenix to live, AA meetings and a dance, working at a care center where he learns to touch the residents, and modifying his daily schedule so that he passes a neighboring Mennonite household at the right time to hear the wife sing Gospel songs in the shower. Slowly, very slowly, FH lets his gifts emerge." [Internet Movie Database] Adapted from a collection of short stories of the same name by Denis Johnson. 107 min. DVD 4977
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Less than Zero (1955)
Directed by Marek Kanievska. Cast: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey, Jr. Julian is a boy with looks, charm, intelligence and a father who sets him up in the record business; he also has a drug habit. His best friend Clay wants to help and is willing to do almost anything for his friend, but Julian is going downhill so fast that he might take his girlfriend and Clay with him. 98 min. DVD 4066
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Fenster, Mark. "Containment, excess, ambivalence: the adaptation of Less Than Zero." (Critical Essay). Velvet Light Trap (Fall 1991): p49(16). (12411 words)UC users only

Lost Soul (1992)
Directed by Pete Resto. Agustin Rodriguez, Robert Maisonett, Robert F. Amico, John Ortiz, Nelson Nazario. Dramatization of drug use by hispanic teenager from the barrio of New York City. Despite support from a happy but poor family and attempts to intervene by his parents and siblings, he becomes increasingly addicted to drugs with tragic but realistic consequences. 37 min. Video/C 3934

MacArthur Park (2001)
Directed by Billy Wirth. Cast: Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Brandon Adams, Tami Anderson, B-Real, Bad Azz, Elenn Cleghorne, Julie Delpy, David Faustino, Balthazar Getty, Rachel Hunter. Life in the park is daily warfare with rival gangs, police raids, the wealthy decadents who come for drugs and the ongoing demons of addiction, and the harder Cody tries to escape the park, the more it seems to close in on him. Special features: Commentary with director Billy Wirth, writer Tyrone Atkins and actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, the making of MacArthur Park, U.S. trailer. 88 min. DVD X3778
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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak. An ex-convict recovering from heroin addiction returns to the Chicago slums and struggles to become a musician, but his former "business associates" have other ideas. Based on the novel by Nelson Algren. 119 min. DVD 4148
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Prono, Luca. "Whatever Happened to Nelson Algren? Otto Preminger's Adaptation of The Man with the Golden Arm." Links and Letters, vol. 6, pp. 61-72, 1999
Sarris, Andrew. "Otto Preminger: shattering taboos, he pointed the way to rebel filmmaking." American Film 14.n8 (June 1989): 69(5).
Simmons, Jerold. "Challenging the Production Code: The Man with the Golden Arm.(RETROSPECTIVES)(Critical Essay)." Journal of Popular Film and Television 33.1 (Spring 2005): 39(10). UC users only

Maria Full of Grace (María llena eres de gracia) (Colombia | USA | Ecuador, 2004)
Directed by Joshua Marston. Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paolo Vega, Jhon Alex Toro, Guilied Lopez, Patricia Rae. Maria, a poor 17-year-old Colombian teenager, is desperate to leave a soul-crushing job. She accepts an offer to transport packets of heroin - which she swallows - to the United States. The ruthless world of drug trafficking proves to be more than she bargained for as she becomes ultimately entanged with both drug cartels and immigration officials. 101 min. DVD 3282
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Awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best First Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Foreign Language Film
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award (Dramatic)

Boyd, Susan C. "Drug Films, Justice, and Nationhood." Contemporary Justice Review, Volume 10, Issue 3 September 2007 , pages 263 - 282 UC users only
Caro, Eduardo. "María llena eres de gracia directed by Joshua Marston." Chasqui, 34:1 (May 2005), 222-225. UC users only
Davis, Emily S. "The Intimacies of Globalization: Bodies and Borders On-Screen." Camera Obscura, May2006, Vol. 21 Issue 62, p32-73, 42p UC users only
Filipcevic, V. "Maria Full of Grace." Cineaste v. 30 no. 1 (Winter 2004) p. 44-6 UC users only
Jaafar, Ali. " Madonna of the Mules" Interview with J. Marston." Sight & Sound v. ns15 no. 4 (April 2005) p. 22-4 UC users only
MacNab, G. "Maria Full of Grace." Sight & Sound v. ns15 no. 3 (March 2005) p. 62, 64 UC users only
Sorrensen, Cynthia. "Maria Full of Grace (Maria, llena eres de gracia)." Journal of Latin American Geography, Volume 4, Number 2, 2005, pp. 120-123 UC users only
Steyn, Mark. "Morally detached.(Maria Full of Grace)(Movie Review)." Spectator 297.9216 (March 26, 2005): 57(2).

Marihuana(1936)
Director, Dwain Esper. Cast: Harley Wood, Paul Ellis, Juanita Fletcher. This film is in many ways the great encapsulator of the bulk of mid-1930s drug madness. In this film, a young girl with great prospects smokes marijuana when she goes to a beach party with her boyfriend and ultimately ends up pregnant, abandoned and pushing narcotics as a result! Opium destruction, San Francisco: Another mass contact high induced by government agents who burn stash & hookah paraphernalia alike before an unfinished City Hall. 57 min. DVD 8612; also DVD X531
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Feaster, Felicia. "The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 340-354 UC users only
Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 293-313 UC users only
Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Quarles, Mike. "Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away With It." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Marihuana Menace(1937)
Director, Elmer Clifton. Cast: Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner, Fay McKenzie, Michael Owen, Dorothy Short. A group of small-town high school students has taken up the bad habit of smoking marijuana, leading them down a path of hedonistic activities. Their crazed lifestyle has ensnared one vulnerable girl into living a life of destructive behavior. An undercover reporter, disguised as a soda jerk, attempts to befriend the girl and free her from the clutches of the gang. 80 min. DVD X531
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The Marihuana Story (Spain / Argentina, 1951)
Director, Leon Klimowsky. Cast: Pedro Lopez Lagier, Fanny Navarro ; Eduardo Cuitano, Golde Flami, Nathan Pinzon, Alberto de Mendoza. Pablo Urioste is a respected surgeon, but he is forced to experience a nightmarish world after his wife, a marijuana addict, dies at a nightclub. He tells his story to the police, and tells stories of how he is hooked, beaten, blackmailed, and includes some bad-trip flashbacks. Ms. Quiroga tries to help him, but there is little hope for Dr. Urioste after undergoing THE MARIHUANA STORY. 98 min. DVD 8614
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Maryjane (1968)
Director, Maury Dexter. Cast: Fabian, Diane McBain, Patty McCormack, Kevin Coughlin. A marijuana exploitation movie about a delinquent teenage pot smoking club called "Mary Jane." The film begins with a car full of pot smoking teens driving recklessly down the road until they hit and kill a bystander then go off a cliff and die themselves! The civic leaders are up in arms about what to do with this evil weed problem! Fabian plays an art teacher who tries to help the kids while he falls for a hot blonde teacher who we find out later is a junkie-slut and the town dope dealer! 95 min. DVD X5232
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Modern Times (1936)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Allan Garcia, Stanley Blystone, Dick Alexander, Cecil Reynolds, Myra McKinney. The Little Tramp is an oppressed assembly-line factory worker who is used as a guinea pig for his employer's test of a new "Automatic Feeding Machine". He battles it out with technology, unemployment, jail, burglars, demanding customers and bosses. In the midst of his tribulations, he meets up with the girl of his dreams, "The Gamin". They win some and lose more but, at the end, they walk undaunted into the sunrise.

"In Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936), the comic played a convict who accidentally pours cocaine on his food after it had been hidden in a salt cellar. He becomes a ®ghter, stops a prison riot and ends up a hero of the hour. This was the last gasp for anything remotely funny about drugs on the screen and for drug ®lms in general for the next 20 years [2]. And then, for a variety of reasons, cocaine itself virtually disappeared from the illicit drug scene for an even longer period." [Shapiro, Harry. "From Chaplin to Charlie--cocaine, Hollywood and the movies." Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy Volume 9, Number 2 / May, 2002 Pages: 133 - 141 UC Berkeley users only] 103 min. DVD 1778; DVD 195; VHS 999:47

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National Film Registry Selection

Mystery of the Leaping Fish(1916)
Directors, Christy Cabanne and John Emerson; writer, Tod Browning. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks. The great Douglas Fairbanks appears in this improbable drug-induced fantasy about Detective Coke Ennyday and his delightfully confusing attempts to break up a smuggling ring and a loveless marriage while "hopped"-up, literally, on a variety of drugs. 18 min. DVD X1991; also DVD 8614; DVD 9634; vhs Video/C 7818
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Naked Lunch
Director/writer, David Cronenberg.Cast: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Monique Mercure, Nicholas Campbell, Michael Zelniker, Robert A. Silverman, Joseph Scorsiani, Roy Scheider. Part-time pest-control man and full-time drug addict Bill Lee seeks escape from his troubled existence in 1953 New York and flees to Interzone (a hallucinatory version of Tangiers) where reality and fantasy have merged. It's a strange, surreal landscape inhabited by mugwumps, half-alien, half-insect creatures, man-sized centipedes, carnivorous typewriters and bizarre humans. Compelled to make sense of this alien territory, he writes a book called "Naked lunch." Filled with spectacular special effects and stunning imagery. 115 min. DVD 3630
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Narcotic (1933)
Directed by Vival Sodar't. Narcotic is loosely based upon the life of William Davies, an opium-addicted snake oil salesman who was also producer Hildagarde Esper's uncle. This film follows his downward spiral as an idealistic medical student whose fall from grace leads him to opium dens, a carnival freakshow and swanky drug parties. The film illustrates themes that explicitly violated the Motion Picture Production Code. (On DVD with "Maniac.") 57 min. DVD 1258
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Narcotics: Pit of Despair (1967)
Director, Mel Marshall. Considered by many to be the greatest of all anti-drug films, tells the story of a good boy gone bad. John, a clean-cut high school senior, is targeted by Pete, a low-life drug dealer, as his next victim. Inviting John to a party, Pete tells him to "blast off for Kicksville" by smoking a joint. John proceeds to do just that and is immediately turned into a marijuana addict, who shortly starts shooting up heroin. 27 min. DVD 8611

Nowhere (1997)
Director, Gregg Araki; Cast: James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Chiara Mastroianni, Debi Mazar. "Nowhere" is the final chapter in Gregg Araki's "Teen Apocalypse Trilogy." It follows a day in the life of Dark (James Duval), an 18-year-old living in the psychedelic, drug-addicted, sex crazed world that is life in Los Angeles. 82 min. 999:3276
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Opium (Germany, 1919)
Director, Robert Reinert.Cast: Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, Eduard von Winterstein, Hanna Ralph. An early silent German film about a man's addictions to opium and sex which leads to tragic results. Veidt gives a remarkable portrayal in scenes that depicted debauches of sex and drugs, which caused a sensation when first exhibited in Berlin. 96 min. 999:3524
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Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Director, Jerry Schatzberg; Cast: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright. In Al Pacino's first major movie, he plays the part of a junkie on New York's West Side. Crime, prostitution and overdoses dominate the lowdown life of heroin addicts in New York City's "Needle Park." Presents a good look at a very grimy NYC before urban renewal. 109 min. DVD 2550
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Permanent Midnight (1998)
Director, David Veloz. Cast: Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Hurley, Maria Bello, Owen Wilson, Cheryl Ladd, Peter Greene, Janeane Garofalo. A dramatization of the true story of TV writer Jerry Stahl who makes a fortune writing drivel and sinks into unrepentant drug addiction. 88 min. DVD 9086
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Psych-out (1968)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Adam Roarke, Max Julien, Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds. Jenny, a 17-year old deaf runaway in search of her brother, stumbles upon and becomes involved with a group of hippies. They invite Jenny to their large home where she is given her first introduction to communal living. Special features (Side A): "Love and Haight" featurette ; original theatrical trailer. (Side B): Audio commentary, Roger Corman ; "Tune in, trip out" featurette; psychedelic film effects; psychedelic light box, American Cinematographer article; original theatrical trailer. 79 min. DVD 1838
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Gallagher, Mark. "Tripped Out: The Psychedelic Film and Masculinity." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 21, Issue 3 July 2004 , pages 161 - 171 UC users only

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Pusher(Denmark, 2000)
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Cast: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbaek, Slavko Labovic, Mads Mikkelsen. Frank is a small-time pusher who sells heroin. When a deal goes wrong and Frank is busted by the police, he is released because of lack of evidence. Unfortunately, he now owes a very big debt to Milo, an ex-Yugoslav dealer, who has given him two days to collect the money that will save him from a bullet. 109 min. DVD 2468
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Reefer Madness (Formerly titled: "Tell your Children" and "The Burning Question")(1936)
Cast: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White, Carleton Young, Warren McCollum, Pat Royale, Josef Forte. When originally produced, this was a sincere exploration of the evils of marijuana. Over time, it has become classic camp. High school kids get hooked on marijuana, which leads to wild behavior, accidents and ultimately death and murder. DVD bonus features: Audio commentary by Mike Nelson of TV's "Mystery Science Theater 3000"; color design commentary by Legend Films; short film: "Grandpa's marijuana handbook" by Evan Keliher; Reefer Madness trailer. 67 min. DVD 7378; also on DVD 8613; DVD X531; DVD X971; vhs Video/C 4805
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Annas, George J. "Reefer Madness ? The Federal Response to California's Medical-Marijuana Law." Legal Issues in Medicine, Volume 337:435-439 August 7, 1997, Number 6
Grady, Dennis R. "From Reefer Madness to Freddy's Dead: The Portrayal of Marijuana Use in Motion Pictures." In: Beyond the stars III / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press (Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990)
Johnson, Gary. "The Golden Age of Exploitation." Images
Klein, Philippa. "The Bad Influence Representation of Marijuana in Hollywood Films."
Pahl, Jon "Sacrificing Youth: From Reefer Madness to Hostel." In: Empire of sacrifice : the religious origins of American violence / New York : New York University Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks BR517 .P34 2010)
Peary, Danny. Cult movies : the classics, the sleepers, the weird, and the wonderful New York : Delacorte Press, 1981 (MAIN: PN1997.8 .P37)

Requiem for a Dream(2000)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans. Harry and his best friend, Tyrone, are impoverished heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY. Harry's girlfriend, Marion, is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Harry's mother, Sara, spends her days watching television and wants to lose weight to go on a game show. She visits a sleazy doctor who prescribes amphetamines and soon Sara has a drug habit of her own. 102 min. DVD 2924
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The Road to Ruin(1933)
Directors, Dorothy Davenport and Melville Shyer. Cast: Helen Foster, Neil O'Day, Glen Boles, Paul Page. An innocent young girl gets involved with a crowd that smokes marijuana, drinks and has sex. She winds up an alcoholic, pregnant drug addict and is forced to get an abortion. 62 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Rush(1991)
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck. Cast: Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Max Perlich, Gregg Allman, Tony Frank, William Sadler. Undercover narcotics officers Jim Raynor and Kristen Cates are partners who become lovers and addicts as they infiltrate the local drug scene in order to bring down a suspected drug lord. Based on the book by Kim Wozencraft. 120 DVD X1121
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Sullum, Jacob. "Narc adaptation. (the movie adaptation of Kim Wozencraft's novel, 'Rush' has not been able to include the criticism of the war against illegal drugs) (Movies) (Column)." Reason 23.n11 (April 1992): 44(2).

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Directed by Richard Linklater. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane, Winona Ryder, Sean Allen, Mitch Baker, Cliff Haby, Steven Chester Prince, Natasha Valdez. Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, L.A. undercover agents change their faces along with their identities. One officer's liberal ingestion of the drug "Substance D" causes him to develop a split personality, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, the police set up an elaborate scheme to catch his drug dealer alter-ego and tear down his operation. Filmed using an animation technique called interpolated rotoscope, with animation over filmed sequences. Special features: Commentary by Keanu Reeves, writer/director Richard Linklater, producer Tommy Pallotta, author Jonathan Lethem and Philip K. Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett; One Summer in Austin: the story of filming 'A scanner darkly'; The 'Weight of the line: animation tales; theatrical trailer. Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. 100 min. DVD 6760
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She Shoulda Said "No!" (1949)
Director, Sherman Scott. Cast: Alan Baxter, Lyle Talbot, Lila Leeds, Doug Blackley. A "good" girl works day and night as a dancer in Los Angeles to finance her brother's college education. Then a dope peddler enters the picture and casts a cloud of smoke and money around her. When her brother comes home from college and finds out what his sister has been up to to finance his education, he commits suicide. Beset by guilt and T.H.C. as a result, she slips farther down into the pit of marijuana addiction and despair. 70 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Sherlock Holmes

The Hound of the Baskervilles Directed by Sidney Lanfield, 1939. Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene, Wendy Barrie, Lionel Atwill. The first of the fourteen Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. The final scene represents the only reference any of the 14 films made to Holmes' "seven-percent" cocaine habit as Rathbone asks Bruce to retrieve "the needle." The scene, criticized as too risque by 1939 audiences, caused the film's producers to make a conscious decision to omit any additional mention of Holmes' recreational drug use in future outings. 80 min. DVD 4321

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Directed by Billy Wilder, 1970. Cast: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page, Christopher Lee. "It's easy to see what Wilder loved about Holmes. Brilliant, irascible, witty, impatient, cultured and cynical, Holmes was a bundle of the same paradoxes as Wilder himself. Holmes' cocaine addiction, included as an aside in several Holmes stories, fascinated Wilder, as the very symbol of decadence. Here, Holmes' needle points to the curiosities and bizarre, even diabolical behavior which walks the streets of Victorian London, just as Wilder's Berlin of the 1920's had hosted its own happy perversions and fin-de-siecle revels." [Kevin Hagopian, Penn State University]. 125 min. DVD 1765

Sid & Nancy (UK, 1986)
Directed by Alex Cox. Cast: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Andrew Schofield, Debby Bishop. Portrays the love affair between the famous bad boy, Sid Vicious of the rock group Sex Pistols and his American groupie girlfiend, Nancy Spungen, from the initial euphoria of their romance to their tragic plunge into the vortex of drugs and self-delusion. 113 min. 999:2772
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Spun (2002)
Director, Jonas Akerlund. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Peter Stormare, Alexis Arquette, Deborah Harry, Eric Roberts, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke. When college drop-out, Ross, becomes the local crystal meth cook's personal driver in exchange for free drugs, he has no idea what he's in for as he bounces from one bizarre situation to the next and ends up slipping deeper and deeper into the amoral world of speed freaks. 101 min. DVD 9087
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Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)
Directed by Irvin Kershner. Cast: Yale Wexler, Jonathan Haze, Steven Marlo, Abby Dalton. Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged to a drug dealer who killed two narcotics agents in a shootout, they go back to look for the can, find it, and decide to go into the heroin selling business. However, the drug dealer's gang also wants the heroin, finds out the boys have it, and sets out to hunt them down and get back their dope. Features an " incredible cold turkey withdrawal scene and a hip jazz soundtrack." 89 min. DVD X5234
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Traffic.(2000)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Presents a mix of interrelated stories: a Mexican policeman finds himself and his partner caught in an often deadly web of corruption; a pair of DEA agents work undercover in a sordid and dangerous part of San Diego; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife takes over his business; and the U.S. President's new drug czar must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter. 147 min. DVD 866
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Traffik(TV, 1989)
Directed by Alastair Reid. Cast: Lindsay Duncan, Bill Paterson, Tilo Pruckner, Linda Bassett, Fritz Muller-Scherz, Jamal Shah, Talat Husain. Crime drama following all aspects of the heroin trade from Pakistan to Western Europe. Tells four intertwined stories of people who's lives are related by their involvement in the drug trade. Docudrama filmed in Britain, Germany, and Pakistan. 360 min. Video/C 3166
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Trainspotting (UK, 1996)
Directed by Danny Boyle. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald. In this freeform Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life a group of disaffected Scottish youths turn to heroin to escape the banalities of modern-day existence. As they begin to suffer the consequences they realize there are no easy solutions to the inherent loneliness and pain of life. Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Special features: Making of Trainspotting; Trainspotting retrospective; Interviews with filmmakers (Director Danny Boyle, Author Irvine Welsh, Producer Andrew MacDonald and Screenwriter John Hodge); Behind the needle ("Multi-angle" behind-the-scenes special); Cannes film festival interviews; Biographies: cast and crew; Feature commentary; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Gallery; Teaser trailer; Theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X2449; vhs 999:2085
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The Trip (1967)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg and Salli Sachse. Paul, a TV-commercial producer in the midst of a divorce, is persuaded by a friend to enter into the world of his inner consciousness by way of an LSD trip. Special features (Side A): "Love and Haight" featurette ; original theatrical trailer. (Side B): Audio commentary, Roger Corman ; "Tune in, trip out" featurette ; psychedelic film effects ; psychedelic light box, American Cinematographer article ; original theatrical trailer. 79 min. DVD 1838
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Gallagher, Mark. "Tripped Out: The Psychedelic Film and Masculinity." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 21, Issue 3 July 2004 , pages 161 - 171 UC users only

Roger Corman bibliography

24 Hour Party People. (UK, 2002)
Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Steve Coogan, Keith Allen, Rob Brydon, Enzo Gilenti, Ron Cook, Chris Coghill, Paddy Considine, Danny Cunningham, Dave Gorman, Sean Harris. "Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mondays, who all become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70's to the early 90's, this comedy documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be." [Internet Movie Database] 117 min. DVD 1794
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Valley of the Dolls. (1967)
Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward. Lured by dreams of fame and fortune, three ambitious young women enter the world of show business and discover how easy it is to sink into a celebrity nightmare of ego, alcohol and "pills" -- the beloved "dolls". Based on the novel of the same title by Jacqueline Susann. 123 min. DVD X2476
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Wasted. (2001)
Directed by Stephen Kay. Cast: Nick Stahl, Summer Phoenix, Aaron Paul. Samantha is a straight A student with a dark secret. Owen is rebelling and is consumed with hard-core drugs. Chris wants to help his friends as they struggle to overcome their demons, but soon he finds himself spiraling downward on his own path of self distruction. 91 min. DVD 1812
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Weed of Death (aka. Death Weed) (193?)
Cast: Yakima Canutt, Arthur Mackley. An otherwise inexplicable feature which tells the incredible story of silent-era cowboys killing each other while stoned on reefers. Any other explanations can hardly do justice to just how weird this film is. 16 min. DVD 8614; vhs Video/C 7818

Weeds (TV series)
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Youngster(2004)
Directed by Will Canon When a 12-year-old drug dealer hands over a crack rock to a pushy addict without first getting paid, he must decide whether to trust a man with every reason to lie, or do his best to recover the money by his own means. 8 min. DVD 6340
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Other films that involve drug trafficking and traffickers

Belly (1998)
Directed by Hype Williams. 95 min. 999:2812

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Directed by Martin Brest. 105 min. DVD X1034; vhs 999:3181

Boyz 'n the Hood (1991)
Directed by John Singleton. 112 min. DVD 182; VHS 999:744

Brother (USA | UK | Japan, 2000)
Directed by Takeshi Kitano. 113 min. DVD 1084

Chungking Express (Chung-ching sen lin) (Hong Kong, 1994)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai. 104 min. DVD 4167; vhs 999:1971

Cleopatra Jones (1973)
Directed by Jack Starrett. 89 min. DVD 8336; vhs 999:1820

Clockers (1995)
Directed by Spike Lee. 129 min. DVD 562

Coffy (1973)
Directed by Jack Hill. 91 min. DVD 5429; vhs 999:1869

Dangerous Charter (1962)
Directed by Robert Gottschalk. 76 min. DVD X3142

Disco Godfather (1979)
Directed by J. Robert Wagoner. 93 min. DVD 4589

District B13 (Banlieue 13) (France, 2004)
Directed by Pierre Morel. DVD 7651

Everything's Gonna Be Great (Hersey cok guzel olacak)
Director, Omer Vargi. PAL format DVD. 105 min. DVD 2188

Extreme Prejudice
Director, Walter Hill. 104 min. DVD X6171

The French Connection (1969)
Director: William Friedkin. 104 min. DVD 851

Funeral Parade of Roses. (Bara no soretsu) (1969)
Director: Toshio Matsumoto. 107 min. DVD 3515

Havoc (2005)
Director: Barbara Kopple. 85 min. DVD 6731

King Midas (2003)
Directed by Brandon David. 83 min. DVD 1739

Latin Kingz (2002)
Directed by Daniel Zirilli. 88 min. DVD 1576

The Lineup (1958)
Directed by Don Siegal. 86 min. DVD X2400

Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Directed by Joshua Marston. 101 min. DVD 3282

New Jack City (1991)
Directed by Mario Van Peebles. 101 min. DVD X880; vhs 999:1165

One False Move (1971)
Directed by Carl Franklin. 109 min. DVD 2550

Port of New York (1949)
Directed by Laslo Benedek. 83 min. DVD X3096; vhs 999:3573

Road Dogz (2001)
Director, Alfredo Ramos. 96 min. DVD 1241

Scarface (1983)
Directed by Brian DePalma. 170 min. DVD 5677; vhs 999:2600

Strapped (1993)
Directed by Forest Whitaker. 102 min. DVD X6693

Sugar Hill (1993)
Directed by Leon Ichaso. 123 min. DVD X2644

Super Fly (1972)
Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. 93 min. DVD 4648; vhs 999:1181

True Romance (1993)
Directed by Tony Scott. 121 min. X3451

Violent Cop (Sono otoko kyobo ni tsuki) (1989)
Director, Takeshi Kitano. DVD 1082; vhs 999:3199

Who'll Stop the Rain(1978)
Director, Karel Reisz. DVD 2817

Opium Smoking

Broken Blossoms or, The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp. Adapted from the story: The Chink and the child. A peace-loving young Chinese man (played by white actor, Richard Richard Barthelmess) in a London slum (complete with the expectable opium dens) befriends a young girl brutally mistreated by her own father. 71 min. DVD 1543; DVD 42; vhs 999:57
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Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)
Directed by James Tinling. Cast: Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Charles Locher, Russell Hicks, Keye Luke. Chan visits China, the country of his honorable ancestors, only to encounter a murder and an opium ring. 71 min. DVD 5746
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Chinaman's Chance (1933)
Animated cartoon. Directed by Ub Iwerks. Flip the Frog and his trusty hound sidekick are on the trail of an escaped Fu-Manchu-like criminal named Chow Mein. The chase turns into a nightmare complete with crocodile pits and sundry opium-induced hallucinations. DVD 2355

Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
Directed by Albert Zugsmith. Cast: Vincent Price, Linda Ho, Richard Loo, King Vidor, Florence Vidor. Set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the Tong wars of the 1800s, women are sold as slaves by an evil drug lord named Ling Tang. DeQuincey is hired to find a woman who has escaped the slave trade and bring her back. As he hides out in Chinatown he discovers the wonders of the opium trade and the drug's hallucinogenic effects. "Filled with absurd dialogue, Asian stereotypes and A-typical Zugsmith exploitation touches, the film is a classic of the early 60's sleaze genre." 85 min. DVD 5141
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Kutner, C. Jerry. "Albert Zugsmith's Opium Dreams." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only

Dream of an Opium Fiend (Rêve d'un fumeur d'opium) (1908)
Directed by Georges Méliès. 5:07 min. DVD 9625
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Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (Taiwan, 1998)
Director, Hou Hsiao-hsien. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Michiko Hada, Lee Yu-ming, Carina Lau Ka-ling. Based on the 1894 novel by Han Ziyun this film is set in the elegant brothels of late nineteenth century Shanghai, a hermetic world with its own highly ritualized codes of behavior, where "flower girls," must win, and then hold, the affection of their wealthy callers. "Time does not so much pass as pass out; reflecting perhaps the film's unabashed opium smoking, a scene will fade unexpectedly into black, then reawaken, minutes or months later, in the same lacquered interior burnished by filtered light, or in a different one very much like it. The tableaux are like the frenzies of some gaudy insect trapped in amber." [Boston Phoenix] 113 min. DVD 1229; vhs 999:2537
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Footlight Parade(1933)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Features infamous "Shanghai Lil" musical number involving opium dens, bars, and all manners of oriental fetish. 108 min. DVD 5318; vhs 999:713

From Hell (USA / UK / Czech Republic, 2001)
Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. Cast: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Ian Richardson, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Flemyng. In 1888 London's Whitechapel slums, poor women like Mary Kelly and her friends walk the streets for a living. When the streetwalkers begin to be murdered one by one, it attracts the attention of Inspector Abberline, who takes a personal interest in the case, and Mary Kelly. Now he must use his opium-induced visions to stop the most notorious serial killer in history--Jack the Ripper--before Mary is killed. 121 min. DVD 5006
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Maniac (1934)
Directed by Dwain Esper. Maniac offers a walking tour through the mind of a bona fide lunatic, distorted by fragmented scenes and ugly realities that mimic insanity's own warped perspective. This is actually a Depression-era rendition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," injected with catfights, nudity, necrophilia, and the ingestion of one fresh eyeball. (On DVD with "Narcotic.") 52 min. DVD 1258
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Feaster, Felicia. "The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 340-354 UC users only
Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 293-313 UC users only
Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Quarles, Mike. "Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away With It." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois, William Devane, John Schuck, Corey Fischer, Bert Remsen, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine, Michael Murphy, Tom Hill, Hugh Millais, Jace Van Der Veen, Linda Sorenson, Janet Wright, Jack Riley, Graeme Campbell, Don Francks. Julie Christie as a shrewd, opium-smoking whorehouse owner. 121 min. DVD 1275; vhs 999:419
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Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)
Director, John Emerson; writer, Tod Browning; with Douglas Fairbanks. A silent drama in which a cocaine-using "scientific detective," catches a gang of opium smugglers. 18 min. DVD X1991; also DVD 8614; DVD 9634; vhs Video/C 7818

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Narcotic(1933)
Directed by Dwain Esper and Vival Sodar't. Narcotic is loosely based upon the life of William Davies, an opium-addicted snake oil salesman who was also producer Hildagarde Esper's uncle. This film follows his downward spiral as an idealistic medical student whose fall from grace leads him to opium dens, a carnival freakshow and swanky drug parties. The film illustrates themes that explicitly violated the Motion Picture Production Code. 52 min. DVD 1258
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Feaster, Felicia. "The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 340-354 UC users only
Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 293-313 UC users only
Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Quarles, Mike. "Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away With It." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Opium (1919)
Director, Robert Reinert. "A contemporary of the German Expressionist classics "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "M," "Opium" delivers a cautionary tale about addiction and sexual licentiousness. [Internet Movie Database] 96 min. vhs 999:3524

Oriental Evil (1950)
A rare low-budget mystery set in Japan with stereotypical images of orientals but with good performances. Roger, a Brit living in Japan hooks up with a Cheryl, a woman who has arrived in the country to try to prove that her dead brother's import company was not mixed up in opium smuggling. Cheryl must track down the shadowy "Thomas Putnam" who holds the key to the mystery. Roger gradually wins Cheryl's confidence while keeping his unscrupulous business practices hidden but his world starts to fall apart as the Japanese god of fate inexorably catches up with him in a bloody climax. 67 min. 999:2761

The Quiet American(USA / Germany / Australia, 1996)
Directed by Phillip Noyce. Cast: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Tzi Ma, Robert Stanton, Holmes Osborne, Pham Thi Mai Hoa, Quang Hai, Rade Sherbedgia. A story that led to the events of the United States military involvement in Vietnam. Here, a love triangle between a British journalist(Michael Caine) named Thomas Fowler, his mistress, and a mysterious CIA operative evolves into a much greater mystery that eventually leads to murder and deception. "The film's real feat may be in its production design, in the sumptuousness and veracity with which it re-creates central Saigon and the Vietnamese countryside of the '50s: an exotic lost world of brothels and opium dens, trishaws and ao-dai dresses, Ming-deco interiors and water buffalos in rice paddies." [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] 101 min. DVD 1795; vhs 999:3896
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Sinister Menace(1930)
Director, Dwain Esper. An early "shockumentary," shot in Egypt, which shows the interiors of drug dens and documents the habits of opium addicts. 10 min. Video/C 7818

Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)

Temptress Moon (Feng yue) (China / Hong Kong, 1996)
Directed by Chen Kaige. Cast: Leslie Cheung, Gong Li, Kevin Lin, He Saifei, David Wu. This is a captivating story of a beautiful young woman, her seductive lover and their struggle for power, passion and revenge. Highly provocative and filled with sensual imagery, it was banned in the director's own country. 127 min. DVD 2044
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The Tong Man (1919)
Director, William Worthington. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Helen Jerome Eddy, Mare Robbins,Toyo Fujita, Jack Abbe. "Hatchet man" Hayakawa is in love with a merchant's daughter. He is ordered to kill the merchant but instead does his best to save him in this story about opium and the Chinese Mafia. 58 min. DVD 1376; vhs 999:1182
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