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‘Foxy Brown’ and Coffy’

August 14, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


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.

Followed by:

Coffy (1973)
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.


August 14, 2017
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States