2 Episodes

From blue-collar Britain to jet-set Beverly Hills, hair salons provide the colorful backdrops to these trenchantly funny social studies. Mike Leigh’s dryly hilarious early short THE SHORT AND CURLIES—featuring his regular collaborators Alison Steadman and David Thewlis—offers a window into everyday life in Thatcher-era England as it teases out the relationships between a garrulous hairdresser, her sullen teenage daughter, and a regular client with a new ’do for every day of the week. Then, Hal Ashby crafts a wickedly satirical take on late-sixties sexual politics in his zeitgeist-defining SHAMPOO, starring Warren Beatty as a swinging Hollywood hair stylist who offers his clients more than just a trim.

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  • The Short and Curlies

    Episode 1

    Directed by Mike Leigh • 1987 • United Kingdom

    David Thewlis and Alison Steadman star in this 1987 short comedy by Mike Leigh about a romance between a hairdresser’s daughter and a young man who communicates only through one-liners.

  • Shampoo
    Episode 2


    Episode 2

    Directed by Hal Ashby • 1975 • United States
    Starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn

    SHAMPOO gives us a day in the life of George (Warren Beatty), a Beverly Hills hairdresser and lothario who runs around town on the eve of the 1968 presidential election trying to make heads or tails ...