All screenings are at Rialto Cinemas on Monday nights at 6:30pmMon 2 March:
Screening: Monday 27 April, 6:30pm
Jean-Jacques Beineix | France |1981 | M violence
A marvellous amalgam of spy thriller and fairytale romance, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s (Betty Blue) eye-catching debut film draws diversely from film noir and the escapist adventure serials of Feuillade. The deliriously offhand plot cheekily parodies thriller conventions.
The deliriously offhand plot, cheekily parodying Watergates and French Connections, has switched tapes setting a pair of psychopathic hoods on the trail of a young postal messenger, turning his obsessive dream — of romance with a beautiful black opera singer whose performance on stage he has secretly — into a nightmare from which he is rescued by a timely deus-ex-machina (clearly a descendant of the great Judex).
The most exciting debut in years, it is unified by the extraordinary decor—colour supplement chic meets pop art surrealism—which creates a world of totally fantastic reality situated four-square in contemporary Paris. — Tom Milne, Time Out
(123 minutes, In French with English subtitles, 35mm)