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Four American cinema gems from the 60s, 70s & 80s from Indicator in May

5 March 2020

On 18 May, Indicator shines a spotlight on four uncompromising, under-the-radar gems of American cinema from the sixties, seventies and eighties: the UK Blu-ray premiere of Joseph L Anderson’s exquisite feature-film debut Spring Night Summer Night (1967); the world Blu-ray premieres of two counter-cultural offerings, Melvin Van Peebles’ Watermelon Man and Bill L Norton’s Cisco Pike (1972); and the UK Blu-ray premiere of Paul Mazursky’s Moscow on the Hudson (1984).

 

Spring Night Summer Night Blu-ray cover art

SPRING NIGHT SUMME RNIGHT (1967) | Blu-ray | 18 May 2020 | £15.99

With its non-professional cast, this sensitive drama, which explores the intimate relationship between a coal-miner’s daughter and her half-brother, is American independent cinema’s closest relation to Italian Neorealism. Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn in a beautiful new restoration, Joseph L Anderson’s film played international festivals in 2019 to great acclaim.

Limited Edition Blu-ray contents:

  • New 4K restoration
  • Original mono audio
  • ‘Spring Night Summer Night’: 50 Years Later (2020): retrospective documentary by Glenn Litton featuring interviews with writer-director Joseph L Anderson, writer-producer Franklin Miller, actors John Crawford, Ted Heimerdinger and Larue Hall, and sound editor Tom Peterson
  • I’m Goin’ to Straitsville (2020): documentary revisiting the Columbus, Ohio locations with Franklin and Judy Miller, and archivist and restoration supervisor Peter Conheim
  • Cleveland Cinematheque Q&A (2016): cast and crew panel discussion
  • 16mm On-set Footage (1967, silent): rare and previously unseen material from the film’s production
  • In the Middle of the Nights (2020): video essay by Ross Lipman comparing Spring Night Summer Night to its ‘sexploitation’ recut, Miss Jessica Is Pregnant
  • Three short films by Anderson, comprising the ‘Bluegrass Trilogy’: Football as It Is Played Today (1961), How Swived (1962), and Cheers (1963)
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Ian Mantgani, Glenn Litton’s memories of director Joseph L Anderson, Peter Conheim on the film’s restoration, a look at the career of distributor Joseph L Brenner, an overview of critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

Watermelon Man Blu-ray cover art

WATERMELON MAN (1970) | Blu-ray | 18 May 2020 | £15.99

A bigoted, white salesman (played by stand-up comedian Godfrey Cambridge) wakes up one morning to find he has become black. Although it has been somewhat overshadowed by Melvin Van Peebles’ next film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss SongWatermelon Man has never felt more relevant than it does today.

Limited Edition Blu-ray contents:

  • High Definition presentation
  • Introduction by Melvin Van Peebles(2004)
  • The Guardian Interview with Melvin Van Peebles (1996): archival audio recording of the filmmaker and actor in conversation with broadcaster Darcus Howe at London’s National Film Theatre
  • Racquel Gates on ‘Watermelon Man’(2020): appreciation by the academic and author of Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Sergio Mims, a 1970 profile of director Melvin Van Peebles, archival interviews with Van Peebles, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

Cisco Pike Blu-ray cover art

CISCO PIKE (1972) | Blu-ray | 18 May 2020 | £15.99

Starring Kris Kristofferson (The Last Movie) in his first leading role, and boasting an impressive supporting cast – including Gene Hackman (The Conversation), Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces), Harry Dean Stanton (Christine) and Warhol superstar Viva (Necropolis) – Cisco Pike follows the fortunes of a musician who turns to drug dealing to make ends meet.

Limited Edition Blu-ray contents:

  • High Definition presentation
  • Audio commentary with writer-director Bill L Norton and film historian Elijah Drenner (2020)
  • ‘Cisco Pike’: Then and Now (2020): documentary revisiting the film’s Los Angeles locations
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • TV spot
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Christina Newland, the original soundtrack EP liner notes, an archival interview with Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Farber’s 1972 article on Cisco Pike, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

Moscow on the Hudson Blu-ray cover art

MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (1984) | Blu-ray | 18 May 2020 | £15.99

Vladimir, a musician with the Moscow circus, defects to the US and must navigate a new life in New York. An early dramatic role for star Robin Williams, the actor undertook a crash course in Russian and learned to play the saxophone in order to play the part.

Limited Edition Blu-ray contents:

  • 4K restoration
  • Audio commentary with director Paul Mazursky (2001)
  • The Guardian Interview with Paul Mazursky (1984): the filmmaker in conversation at London’s National Film Theatre
  • Maria Conchita Alonso on ‘Moscow on the Hudson’ (2020): new interview with the actor
  • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Monica Castillo, a contemporary account of the making of the film, Paul Mazursky’s research visit to Moscow, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition of 3,000 copies