Burt, Baby, Burt

The '70s were all about big hair. TV star Farrah Fawcett's golden shag shone from thousands of suburban bedroom walls, while movie star Burt Reynolds showed off his hirsute bod in a nasty come-hither pose in the center of Playgirl. Reynolds, at least, survived his narcissistic pop-culture lowlight to eventually reclaim a measure of respect as an actor in Boogie Nights. But Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, the mischievous maestro of the almost-monthly "Midnite for Maniacs" marathon, won't let the hairy one forget his cheesy heyday. "Three Moustache Rides with Burt Reynolds" opens with the infamous yet little-seen 1975 musical bomb At Long Last Love. Director Peter Bogdanovich and all-American hottie Cybill Shepherd were Hollywood's No. 1 power/glamour couple; that is, until audiences got a load of her and Reynolds warbling Cole Porter songs in a crazily ambitious attempt to make a 1930s-style musical for the Watergate-gone-disco generation. At Long Last Love has never been available on any home-video format, so here's your chance to judge whether it was unjustly maligned on its initial release, a la Ishtar and Heaven's Gate. The bill also includes Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), but no disposable razor.
Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2007

 
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