Light and Sound Machine is a monthly screening series of marginalized cinema, both new and repertory, co-presented by the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records in Third Man Record’s Blue Room.
About RANCHO DELUXE:
Following the Light and Sound Machine’s' revelatory screening of Frank Perry's forgotten gem LAST SUMMER earlier this year, we're celebrating our 50th volume with another rare Perry masterwork. This time it's RANCHO DELUXE, a sardonic update of Western tropes written by literary enfant terrible Thomas McGuane. Chronicling the exploits of lackadaisical livestock-rustlers Jack and Cecil (Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston) as they terrorize nouveau riche New York transplants-cum-cattle barons John and Cora Brown (Clifton James and Elizabeth Ashley), the film issues a cynical critique of the eroding values of self-determination that sculpted the mythology of the American West. Round out the stellar cast with Harry Dean Stanton, Slim Pickens, Joe Spinell, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from Warren Oates—and pair with a Jimmy Buffet soundtrack and hazy Montana vistas shot by William Fraker—and you have all the elements for one of the greatest pieces of neglected 1970s American cinema you'll ever see. Presented in a rare 16mm television edit that's arguably superior to other cuts, if only for a priceless extended scene with Spinell and Waterston.
Rare 16mm print with alternate cut from theatrical and home video versions.