OSCARS '75: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


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CONTENT WARNING: Mental illness, suicide, emotional turmoil, mental health facilities, institutional abuse, emotional abuse, emotional manipulation, racism, sexism, indigenous tokenism, alcohol, abusive language.

We finally got a good one, y’all. I mean, if you know anything about Oscars history, you know this week’s movie has a giant legacy when it comes to the Oscars. But as we’ve seen this season, there’s a ton of highly praised films from this year that don’t remotely live up to their hype. Fortunately, this movie does. Unlike most of its counterparts, this movie hopes to capture the spontaneity and magic of a candid moment, of the reactions of characters. Instead of a stodgy film about big characters talking to one another, it’s a film instead of reactions, sudden and gripping. And it’s a film that’s both highly metaphorical while also being incredibly human. It doesn’t hurt to have a lead at the top of his game and a supporting cast of absolute powerhouse actors. It’s medication time as we continue our Oscars ‘75 series with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

PLUS: A review of the new film Judas and the Black Messiah.

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Intro and outro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

Excerpt taken from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Closing Theme)” from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, composed and arranged by Jack Nitzsche. Copyright 1975 Fantasy Records.

Clips taken from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest are © 1975 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Excerpt taken from the “Overture” to the film Funny Girl, written and composed by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Copyright 1968 Columbia Records / CBS, Inc.

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