Jewels in the Wasteland: A Trip through '80s Cinema with Richard Linklater

January 29 - May 28, 2014
AFS at the Marchesa 
(6226 Middle Fiskville Road, near Highland Mall)

Starting on January 29 and continuing through the spring, AFS Founder Richard Linklater will program and host 35mm screenings of some of the most important films of the 80s. Linklater will introduce each film and participate in an audience discussion afterwards. This first installment of the series, focusing on the years 1980 through 1983, runs through May.

When we recall the films of the ‘80s we may think of Spielberg, John Hughes and the emergence of the all-powerful youth audience, but the early ‘80s were also the years when many of the great masters of world cinema made their mature works; when the renegades of the ‘60s weathered the storm of film industry backlash and their own demons; and when some of Hollywood seasoned pros settled down to make their most personal films.

Watch AFS Founder Richard Linklater discuss the films in this series:

Films in this series included:


Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 PM

Martin Scorsese’s odd character study of fame obsessed Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is technically an '80s movie, but at its heart it is the last of the indulgent '70s auteur pieces. De Niro has never been better and Jerry Lewis, playing an amalgam of himself and Johnny Carson, is his idol and victim. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 PM

Fassbinder’s penultimate film. An aging actress, once a great star and a favorite of Goebbels, but now a morphine addict, latches on to a younger writer who becomes interested in her memories as well as her sinister doctor. Filmed in black and white and full of Fassbinder’s beloved Hollywood-style melodrama. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 PM

Martha Coolidge’s bright, vibrant romantic comedy is more than a disposable teen time-killer, though it must have seemed like one from the outside. It’s an exceedingly clever and fun film which incidentally was a sort of coming out party for young actor Nicolas Coppola, who billed himself here for the first time as Nicolas Cage. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 PM

A young actress (Kristy McNichol) adopts an injured German Shepherd only to find that it has been programmed by its previous owner to attack black people on sight. The Samuel Fuller touch is evident throughout and the acting, especially by Paul Winfield as the dog trainer who helps retrain the dog, is exceptional. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, February 26, 7:30 PM

One of the most important films of the '80s. Warren Beatty's sprawling tale of John Reed, an American reporter who becomes awakened politically during the Russian Revolution, succeeds as an epic story of a social movement and a chronicle of both love and personal growth. Though written, produced and directed by Beatty, Diane Keaton's character is the emotional core of the film. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 PM

An unlikely acquaintance with billionaire recluse Howard Hughes leads to unexpected dividends for hard-luck case Melvin Dummar in this offbeat Jonathan Demme comedy. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 PM

Godard's artistic meditation on love, sex and social commerce as seen through the interchanging fortunes of three individuals. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 PM

Bob Fosse's deadly tale of doomed Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten is a twisted examination of fame, celebrity and jealousy. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 PM

A thrilling, claustrophobic war epic that follows the lives of a crew aboard a Nazi submarine in World War II. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 PM

After Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) witnesses a crime, his friend (John Heard) helps expose the murderous plot--with devastating effects for both men. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 PM

The trials and tribulations of two young siblings are thrown into sharp relief in Ingmar Bergman's beautifully photographed masterpiece. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 PM

Francis Ford Coppola's spare atmospheric film about teenage gang-members in a no-future town. More info & tickets>>


Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 PM

Louis Malle directs Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon in this light story of small-timers in the east coast gambling town of Atlantic City. More info & tickets>>



Wednesday, May 28, 7:30 PM

Actor/director and his star Linda Manz really get to the core of teenage rebellion and hopelessness in this independent classic. More info & tickets>>

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