‘Foxy Brown’ and Coffy’
August 14 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present Opening Wednesday: The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s
Foxy Brown (1974)
Directed by Jack Hill
Intended as a sequel to Coffy, and originally released on the ultimate Blaxploitation double-bill with Jonathan Kaplan’s Truck Turner, Foxy Brown finds Pam Grier expanding on her previous tough-as-nails performances to embody the titular role of the “whole-lotta-woman” heroine of this gritty revenge flick. With its funkadelic score from Motown Records singer-songwriter Willie Hutch and costumes by Jackson 5 stylist Ruthie West, writer-director Jack Hill’s final collaboration with Grier — at the time of its release a huge financial success — cemented the actress’s legacy as one of the first-ever action movie heroines.
Production: American International Productions. Distribution: American International Pictures. Director: Jack Hill. Producer: Buzz Feitshans. Screenwriter: Jack Hill. Cinematographer: Brick Marquard. Editor: Charles McClelland. Music: Willie Hutch. Cast: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter, Kathryn Loder
35mm, color, 94 min.
Directed by Jack Hill
Following a string of highly popular women in prison films in the early 1970s, writer-director Jack Hill shifted deftly into the Blaxploitation genre for American International Pictures — one of the first indie production companies to utilize focus groups. Attempting to appeal to a diverse urban audience, Hill cast the sensational Pam Grier in a star-making role as Nurse “Coffy” Coffin, “the baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town.” Focusing on a no-nonsense leading lady — a watershed moment for the male-driven genre — allowed for new narratives heretofore unrepresented anywhere on the big screen, including nuanced portrayals of the still-marginalized African-American experience.
Production: American International Productions, F. P. Productions. Distribution: American International Pictures. Director: Jack Hill. Producer: Robert Papazian, Buzz Feitshans. Screenwriter: Jack Hill. Cinematographer: Paul Lohmann. Editor: Charles McClelland. Music: Roy Ayers. Cast: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig
35mm, color 91 min.
FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.