• What’s it like to live in Alaska? Though it has rarely gotten its due on the big screen, programmer Colette Costa sets out to tackle this question in her ongoing series on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, highlighting movies that—despite being filmed elsewhere—capture the spirit of living in America’s largest and most sparsely populated state. Last year, Costa kicked off the series as part of the Channel-exclusive program Art-House America, in which we shined a spotlight on how her tireless work has turned a small theater called the Gold Town Nickelodeon into a home for movie-loving locals in Juneau, Alaska. This week, Costa’s series finds her revisiting Local Hero, director Bill Forsyth’s 1983 ode to his native Scotland, which follows the story of a Texas oil executive (Peter Riegert) sent by his boss (Burt Lancaster) to buy up land in a Scottish village. In the above introduction, Costa talks about how she first encountered this wry, poignant comedy years before moving to Alaska, and how its depiction of a remote town and its vibrant, often quirky community has come to feel familiar to her now that she calls Juneau home.

8 comments

  • By Stephen A.
    April 09, 2018
    06:56 PM

    Oh wow! Bring it! Spine number 1001 after 1000 = 2001.
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  • By Weasel
    April 09, 2018
    09:05 PM

    Alaska represent!
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  • By SAG1015
    April 10, 2018
    12:55 PM

    Couldn't agree more with Stephen A (and not just because I'm also Stephen A!)...My MOST WANTED in the Collection. How great would it be to have a 4K restoration and a Forsythe commentary when this masterpiece finally takes its rightful place with Criterion?
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    • By SAG1015
      April 10, 2018
      01:09 PM

      PS: Colette should know that the main character, McIntyre, is from Houston, not New York...
    • By Angus
      April 10, 2018
      04:48 PM

      I couldn't agree more. Local Hero is the only film on my most wanted. This film deserves the Criterion treatment.
  • By Angus
    April 11, 2018
    04:38 PM

    I believe that Local Hero was hinted at in the January clues. The L and the knight. L for local and the knight for Hero. A double clue for both Lancelot du loc and Local Hero. Local Hero is a WB title and currently without a stand alone print. Let's hope for the best.
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  • By Sean Ramsdell
    April 17, 2018
    06:56 PM

    Any other Burt Lancaster suggestions?
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  • By Todd A.
    April 20, 2018
    01:09 PM

    I love this flick. So entertaining. The old DVD release is passable at best. Would be a worthy addition to the collection, if the original elements are in decent shape. Here's hoping.
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