“It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child.” When the speaker is Steve Martin, laughing was never easier. In his first starring role, Martin, who also co-wrote the picture, plays the mentally challenged Navin Johnson, adopted by a black sharecropping family, who discovers his real nature when he finds himself tapping his toe to an easy-listening radio broadcast and goes on the road to find his roots. In the process, he is hired as a gas station attendant by Jackie Mason, murderously stalked by M. Emmett Walsh, falls in love with Bernadette Peters, and is sued by Carl Reiner, who directed this gleefully politically-incorrect comedy, the Citizen Kane of dumb-and-dumber films. Part of The Music Hall Film Club.
R • 1h 39m • US
About The Film Club
Join us for The Music Hall Film Club, our newest social group! Over the course of six months, we’ll be focusing on a particular outstanding director, genre, or artist. On the 3rd Tuesday of each month, we’ll show a film followed by a lively, participatory discussion. Curators Bill and Stella Pence, founders of the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado and the Music Hall’s Telluride by the Sea Film Festival, have chosen Great Comedies for the 2016 season! Kent Stephens, professional theatre artist and cinema aficionado, will be our host and guide.
A must for all Telluride lovers, film discussion buffs, and all-around cinephiles!