Though released after Nixon's resignation over the Watergate scandal, Hal Ashby's fourth film, Shampoo, was written and shot beforehand but it nevertheless perfectly captures late '60s/early '70s attitudes to U.S. politics, which ultimately led to the country being in such a dire situation. A sex comedy boasting a star-studded cast featuring Warren Beatty (who co-wrote the script with Robert Towne), Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, Jack Warden and Carrie Fisher, the film is set entirely on election day 1968 as George McGovern faces off against Nixon for the presidency. All the characters, however, are too complacent - and too busy bed-hopping or hustling - to even think about voting. The script is sharp and the performances on point, but Ashby's quiet contribution is crucial also: with his compassionate humanism, he treats unpalatable characters like real people, so that we feel their pain. A massive box-office success, Shampoo was at the time the most lucrative film Columbia had ever made and cemented Ashby's position as an A-list director.
Oscars 1976 - Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Hal Ashby, in full William Hal Ashby, (1929-1988), American filmmaker, one of the preeminent directors of the 1970s, who was especially noted for such films as Harold and Maude (1971), Shampoo (1975), and Being There (1979).
1970 Właściciel / The Landlord
1971 Harold i Maude / Harold and Maude
1973 Ostatnie zadanie / The Last Detail
1975 Szampon / Shampoo
1976 By nie pełzać na kolanach / Bound for Glory
1978 Powrót do domu / Coming Home
1979 Wystarczy być / Being There