Programmed in consultation with the League of Women Voters (Hamden-North Haven) and Temple Beth Sholom, the current film series—dubbed “Candidates, Campaigns, and Controversies: Great Political Films”—features clasic films dealing with politics and political issues. “The Candidate” screens this Monday, May 2, at 7 PM. Admission is $7 (free for TBS members).
What happens when an idealistic political candidate enters the sausage-making machine of American politics? Bill McKay, an idealistic legal services attorney played by Robert Redford, finds out in this 1972 comedy-drama. Directed by Michael Ritchie, “The Candidate” was written by Jeremy Larner, a former speechwriter for Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 insurgent antiwar challenge to Lyndon Johnson.
Writing in the New York Times in 1972, critic Vincent Canby noted, “We all know that men who run for public office hoping only to improve the tone of the campaign, to raise the real issues, usually fail — and look terrible on television, which may be even worse. We suspect that only winning counts, yet we also fondly believe—since we’ve seen it demonstrated often enough—that the system is so corrupt that no good man can win without either being hopelessly corrupted or turned into a bewildered cipher. That pretty well describes what happens to Bill McKay (Robert Redford), the liberal young California Democrat who campaigns for the United States Senate in ‘The Candidate,’ one of the few good, truly funny American political comedies ever made.”
MAY 2: THE CANDIDATE • Idealism: What have you got to lose when you know you can’t win? Or can you? Robert Redford as an earnest young nominee.
MAY 9: FRUITVALE STATION • One of the most powerfully affecting independent films, starring Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Oscar Grant, a young Black man shot by the police. Based on true events, up to the minute and unforgettable.
• Thursday, Apr. 28. TIN PAN ALLEY: ZAHTIE’S BATHTUB GIN
• Friday, Apr. 29. EXPERIMENTAL: FUCHSPRELLEN
• Sunday, May 1. FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM
• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”
• Thursday, May 5. BLUEGRASS: THE WALKINGWOOD MANDOLIN QUARTET
• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA
• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”
• Tuesday, May 10. ECLECTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS, PRETEND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN, THE HUMAN LIGHT BOX
• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY
• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL
• Saturday, May 14. FILM SCREENING/WINE & CHEESE TASTING: VINO/NOIR
• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)
• Thursday, May 19. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, CRETELLA|PAOLUCCI DUO, FLANDREW FLEISENBERG
• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER
• Thursday, May 26. EXPERIMENTAL: ELECTRONHIC
• Friday, May 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN
• Friday, June 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR
• Thursday, June 9. CABARET/SINATRA: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY
• Thursday, June 16. CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT & LYS GUILLORN CELEBRATE BLOOMSDAY
• Friday, June 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, ALT-COUNTRY: LINES WEST
• Thursday, June 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER
• Friday, July 1. POST-PUNK: TELEGRAM SCAM
• Friday, Aug. 5. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND
• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS
• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL