In 1984, Bill Murray was at the top of his game as a film comedian, long before his current career as the poster-boy for middle age angst, starrring in the blockbuster comedy Ghostbusters. Like Murray, writer-director Tom Schiller had made his name on “Saturday Night Live,” where he created a series of short films, the most famous of which was the sadly ironic depiction of an elderly John Belushi dancing on the graves of the other Not Ready for Prime Time Players.
Given the opportunity to make a full-length feature, Schiller did not go for the easy money. Instead, he cast Murray in Nothing Lasts Forever, an uncompromisingly weird movie that few people have ever seen. Luckily for those of us in Austin, the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz is presently a rare screening of the movie tonight, Wednesday December 22 at 7 p.m. with Schiller in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A with the audience.
Alamo programmer Zack Carlson:
“Writer-director Schiller is best known for his short films from the early days of SNL and, together with producer Lorne Michaels, concocted this imaginative fantasy-comedy about true love, bad art, magical bums, Carnegie Hall and space travel. Sweet, absurd and crammed with moments of inspired brilliance, it was barely released and never found the cult-audience it so rightfully deserved…
“Set in some bizarre, retro, bB&W time-period (with occasional Technicolor splashes!), the film follows a young man (a pre-Gremlins Zach Galligan) on an adventure that will take him from beneath the earth to the surface of the moon, where Bill Murray is a sky host for a group of interplanetary grandmas. Things just get wilder from there.
“It’s entirely incomparable to anything you’ve seen, and Schiller doesn’t pander to his audience — if you don’t understand his surreal humor, then screw you! This is a true original that’s alternately charming, crazy and utterly unique. Also featuring appearances from a skinny Dan Aykroyd, 1978 Playboy model Appolonia van Ravenstein, Lawrence Tierney and Larry “Bud” Melman, this is indisputably one of the most vivacious and inventive films of our lifetimes. Unbelievable, and unseeable anywhere else!”
Along with Nothing Lasts Forever, there will also be a special, ultra-rare reel of Schiller’s short films.
Get your tickets HERE.
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