(James L. Brooks, US 1983, 132 min., 35mm)
Academy Awards at 90 | Free Member Film. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, the tearjerker of the 1980s features no fewer than four Hollywood talents at the top of their game: Mary Tyler Moore Show co-creator James L. Brooks, making a remarkably assured big-screen directing debut; veterans Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson, forging the kinds of prickly characters they would continue to play for the rest of their careers; and the remarkably talented Debra Winger, whose rapidly rising star would inexplicably fizzle by decade’s end. Tensions on the set are the stuff of Hollywood legend, but the result was Oscar gold: the film garnered five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Free to Members.