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Free Outdoor Screening in the BAM/PFA Sculpture Garden

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
8:30 p.m. The Troublemaker
Theodore J. Flicker (U.S., 1964)

Plus some swingin’ surprises including a special beat poetry reading by Adam Sussman.

Too hip to howl? Then you won’t want to be seen at this scene: a free flick by Theodore Flicker—The Troublemaker, a finger-snappin’ exposé of a bumpkin opening a coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Jack (Tom Aldredge) discovers being a purveyor of cool is hot, everybody wants a piece: the building inspectors, the bureaucrats, even the mobsters. While he’s fighting off the finaglers, he’s haunting the voluptuous Village with his gal-pal played by Joan Darling. This groovin’ guffaw was written by Buck Henry who would soon pen The Graduate and later become a regular guest on Saturday Night Live. All for a cup of joe.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Flicker and Buck Henry. Photographed by Gayne Rescher. With Tom Aldredge, Joan Darling, Buck Henry, Godfrey Cambridge, James Frawley. (80 mins, B&W, 16mm, PFA Collection, permission Janus Films)