The most famous scene in Five Easy Pieces—and perhaps one of the most fondly recalled moments of all of the New American Cinema of the early seventies—is the diner confrontation between Jack Nicholson’s volatile Bobby Dupea and a strict waitress. In this excerpt from an interview on our release of the film, available this week in standalone Blu-ray and DVD editions, director Bob Rafelson and Nicholson recall the inspiration for the scene and the importance of screenwriter Carole Eastman in shaping it.
Across the Great Divide: Creating Powell and Pressburger’s Stairway to Heaven
In one of the most stunning technical feats in their filmography, directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger envisioned a conveyance that sends souls into the great beyond.
Getting into Character for sex, lies, and videotape
Sex, shame, and sibling rivalry: actors Andie MacDowell and Laura San Giacomo talk about capturing the layers of conflict and taboo in Steven Soderbergh’s debut feature.
How Ron Shelton Did Justice to the “Talking Sport”
The director of Bull Durham explains the ins and outs of bringing baseball to the screen and why Kevin Costner is the finest athletic actor he’s worked with.