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Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen | “Car Wash” (1976)

February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Car Wash (1976)

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Michael Schultz and Paolo Gioli
Over four once-a-month screenings this calendar, the Chazen will provide a sampling of the feature film work by Wisconsin’s Own Michael Schultz, a pioneering African-American filmmaker who sustained a successful career within the Hollywood studio system over five decades. Born (in 1939) and raised in Milwaukee, Schultz developed a reputation as one of the most versatile feature film directors of the 1970s and 80s, and became particularly renowned for his comedies. A specialist with large, multi-character casts, Schultz also revealed a deftness for handling issues of race with a gentle, kind humor, and unexpected bursts of poignancy. Also at the Chazen on February 19, we will pay tribute to the late avant-garde artist Paolo Gioli (1942–2022) with a selection of his experimental short films.
Chazen Auditorium
Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 2:00 pm | Car Wash | USA | 1976 | 35mm | 97 min. | Dir. Michael Schultz | Cast: Richard Pryor, Franklin Ajaye, George Carlin
Schultz’s box office hit offers a day-in-the-life of the workers, customers, and strange visitors at a busy Los Angeles car wash. The Grammy-winning pop soundtrack features Rose Royce’s chart-topping title song, of course, and the talented cast also includes Antonio Fargas, Melanie Mayron, Jaws’s Lorraine Gary, Garrett Morris, Clarence Muse, The Pointer Sisters, Ivan Dixon, Bill Duke, Brooke Adams, and Danny DeVito. A multi-character laugh riot with moments of poignancy in the tradition of American Graffiti, Car Wash is a “sunny, lively comedy…[with a] tremendous sense of life” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).


February 26
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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