Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 188: Tue Jul 9

Carnal Knowledge (Nichols, 1971): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.30pm

This rarely screened film is being presented from a new 4K restoration for the first time in the UK, via Animus Magazine.

Chicago Reader review:
Director Mike Nichols tries for a European visual patina (the cinematographer is Giuseppe Rotunno, Fellini’s man) but the structure is pure American short-hit—the style of the blackout sketch and comic book. Jack Nicholson, here in the first flush of his stardom, plays the shallow stud hero in an impenetrable combination of masochism and snottiness, though Art Garfunkel and Ann-Margret are quietly charming in support (or should I say relief). The picture has its moments of chilling insight, though essentially it is one more quaint early-70s stab at an American art cinema that never materialized.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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