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The Student Nurses (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

Which came first: The counterculture secreting itself into the collective unconscious via 1970s stag films, or the gonzo exploitation matinee modded up with yippie themes to further frighten your parents? Either way, UW Cinematheque is prescribing a dose of hard-to-find over-the-counter golden-age genre sleaze with the second (and final) entry in its Stephanie Rothman program this fall. Framed around the travails of four female students in nursing school, The Student Nurses (one of whom is the one-time Vadim girl Barbara Leigh) gives enough sugar to help the medicinal messages go down. To give you an idea of the range of notes this Roger Corman production manages to hit: We get acid, abortion, and antiestablishmentarianism, the holy trinity of a-words, all presented under the guise of a movie that perv-oriented movie guide Mr. Skin rates as having "Hall of Fame Nudity!" Grindhouse nerds are going to leap at the opportunity to catch a screening of this classic in a restored 35mm print from Academy Film Archive. Yes, that Academy. —Chris Lay