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Slideshow

THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT

Monday, September 12
8:30

Tuesday, September 20
1:00

Following the screening of THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT on Monday, September 12, co-screenwriter Larry Karaszewski will appear in person for a conversation with Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum Repertory Artistic Director, and an audience Q&A.

U.S., 1996
Directed by Miloš Forman
Starring Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton
Screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Approx. 130 min. 35mm.

 

“If the First Amendment will protect a scum bag like me, it will protect all of you.” With that quote as its prevailing sentiment, Forman’s fleet biopic about the “Hustler” pornographer turned free speech crusader Larry Flynt doesn’t underplay Flynt’s seamier side — well, maybe a little — but it does use it as a stress test for a cherished Constitutional principle. Woody Harrelson plays Flynt as an irreverent wild card whose life lurches from porn trailblazer to Christian convert, until finally landing him in a protracted legal battle with Jerry Falwell. Courtney Love is equally good as his wife Althea, whose fortunes are troubled first by addiction and later by contracting H.I.V.” – Scott Tobias, The New York Times

Reviews

“Forman constructs a fascinating biopic about a man who went from rags to riches by never overestimating the taste of his readers.”
– Roger Ebert

“THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT is a blazing, unlikely triumph about a man who is nobody's idea of a movie hero.”
–  Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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