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'Getting Straight' gets a 45th anniversary screening in L.A.
'Getting Straight' gets a 45th anniversary screening in L.A.

Just nine days after the 1970 National Guard shootings at Kent State University in Ohio had left four students dead and nine injured during a Vietnam War protest, Columbia Pictures released "Getting Straight," a counterculture comedy-drama exploring campus rebellion, unrest and the sexual revolution. "Getting Straight" wasn't the only mainstream Hollywood production that explored campus unrest and antiwar protests. But "The Strawberry Statement" and "R.P.M." failed to capture the zeitgeist of the era in the same way as "Getting Straight." The film impressed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman so much that when casting his 1971 drama...

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