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Free Movie: MASH

Robert Altman's 1970 black comedy is this month's must-see free movie at the Orinda Theatre. Come see it on the big screen on June 9.

Everyone remembers the TV show MASH, which ran for 11 seasons on CBS and still airs today in syndication. As well-loved as that classic show is, the movie version of MASH is much better.

Released in 1970, MASH is an early masterpiece by director Robert Altman and offers a much darker, satirical take on the horrors, boredom, and hijinks of war than the subsequent TV show would present. The film is a perfect example of the new Hollywood of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when young directors like Altman weren't afraid to make political statements through cinema. (Though set in the Korean War, Altman's film was released during the peak years of the war in Vietnam, and its subversive take on military life is still quite shocking.) 

Featuring memorable performances by Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Robert Duvall, and Sally Kellerman (in roles that Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Larry Linville, and Loretta Swit would reprise on television), MASH will be fascinating to see on the big screen with a big audience, and that's why it is our pick for the June free movie at the Orinda Theatre. 

The fun starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9—as always, seating is first come, first served, so make sure to show up early to find parking and best available seating. As always, free cupcakes from Republic of Cake will be awarded as trivia prizes before the movie.