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Brewster McCloud

Brewster McCloud

Brewster McCloud

1970 / 105min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALTMAN

CAST: BUD CORT, SHELLEY DUVALL, SALLY KELLERMAN, MICHAEL MURPHY

Reimagining the myth of Icarus, Altman risked imitating it—that is, letting his outsized imagination brush too close to the sun. The resulting comic fantasy was met with baffled incomprehension on release, but in subsequent years this study of a boy (Bud Cort) living in the Houston Astrodome who aspires to fly away on a pair of self-constructed bird wings has been embraced as prime Altman and an authentic ‘70s one-off. With Shelley Duvall, Michael Murphy, and M*A*S*H’s Sally Kellerman as a kind-of Fairy Godmother.

Brewster McCloud is screening as part of the Birds series.