Hey Montreal! Go check out ‘Electra Glide In Blue’ this Friday

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Electra Glide In Blue

Directed by James William Guercio

USA 1973

114min.

16mm | English

Friday, March 18th

Doors: 7:45pm

Film: 8:30pm

16mm Print!

Head over to Blue Shunshine this week and check out Electra Glide in Blue a 1973 film starring Robert Blake as a motorcycle cop in Arizona and Billy Green Bush as his partner. The name stems from the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle issued to traffic cops at the time.The one and only film ever produced and directed by James William Guercio (who is best known as the producer of Chicago’s first eleven albums), the film was entered into the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, but was loathed by critics. Strangely, Robert Blake was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance and the film garnered a great deal of critical acclaim upon its nationwide release. Whilst it saw only limited commercial success, it was given cult status for many years. The film is noteworthy for having several members of Chicago appear in minor roles, including Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Lee Loughnane and Walter Parazaider, as well as David “Hawk” Wolinski from the Guercio-produced band Madura. More importantly, cinematographer Conrad Hall (Cool Hand Luke) brings the picture to life with his dazzling camera work, perfectly capturing both the American landscapes while shooting the on route action well.

2 Comments
  1. Ricky says

    Yeah I just watched it for the first time. I had no clue we even had the DVD at work.
    But the highlight for me is the look of the film.

  2. Bill Mesce says

    I remember seeing this flick when it came out. I probably liked it a little too much, because having seen it recently, it is a highly flawed pic…but it still works for me. The desert locales, Conrad Hall’s beautiful cinematography, the idea of a little guy chasing a big dream only to have it step-by-step go bad in the way 70s flicks did. It teeters at a kind of period existentialism but while it doesn’t quite tip into it, it’s nobly ambitious.
    And it’s got a GREAT open.

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