Hal Ashby’s influential, subversive, and short run at making iconic 1970s movies

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Director Hal Ashby was a prolific director in the 1970s. He made seven movies in nine years, including “Harold and Maude,” “Shampoo,” “Being There.” Ashby liked to push the limits with his movies -- past what studios thought mainstream audiences could handle. He butted heads with studio executives a lot, and never quite reached “household name” status like some of his auteur peers like Kubrick, Coppola, and Scorsese. He died in 1988 at age 59. A new documentary looks at his career.

Credits

Guest:
Amy Scott - director of the documentary “Hal”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or