So here's the question: you're in Madison, Wisconsin 30 years ago today and you want to see a movie. You've got a few choices... what do you see?
We're back in Madison, the fabled town of happy-ending counseling clinics. I'm still amazed that the Rising Sun could get away with advertising a walk-in sauna. Late 70's Madisonites were some seriously laid-back folks.
Madison theaters gave you plenty of genres to pick from... everything from sexploitation (Peach Fuzz (1977), Russ Meyer's Up! (1976), and the adult fairy-tale musical Alice in Wonderland (1976)) to action (Damnation Alley (1977) and Star Wars (1977)), to weepy schmaltz (First Love (1977) and Heroes (1977)) to criminal-minded comedy (A Piece of the Action (1977) and Smokey and the Bandit (1977)).
My movie pick of the week would be Stroszek (1977), a Werner Herzog film I've been curious about, but have never seen. Here's a mesmerizing auctioneer clip from that movie:
But ultimately, I'm not seeing a movie this week, because there's no way I can pass up the chance to see Buddy Rich and his Big Band live. I mean seriously... check this shit out:
I'm breaking the rules, but I absolutely cannot miss that. If you were in Madison, Wisconsin 30 years ago, where would your $3 go?