Far from the dystopia that Orwell envisioned, 1984 turned out to be a pretty good year.
Aside from the introduction of the Apple Macintosh Computer, two gems from this week’s program were realized in that iconic year.
As a follow up to the recent Royal Opera House production of Don Giovanni, the multi-award winning film from 1984, Amadeus, plays as the March Member Monday on the 30th.
1984 also happened to be the year that the best rock concert film ever was filmed and released. Screening on April 1st, The 30th anniversary digital release of Stop Making Sense, filmed by Jonathan Demme (Best Director for Silence of the Lambs) captures the brilliance of David Byrne and The Talking Heads.
1984 also touches upon our Thursday film, Red Army, a Werner Herzog produced documentary that highlight’s the Soviet Hockey club and their dominance through the Cold War era. ’84 was the launch of Regan’s Strategic Defence Initiative and you betcha, another Gold medal year for the Soviets on the ice. Scott of The New York Times called Red Army a “stirring, crazy story—a Russian novel of Tolstoyan sweep and Gogl-esque absurdity.”
Our main feature may not have a direct link to ’84, but it should be noted that two of its leads, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, turned 50 that year; smack dab in the middle of Thatcherism. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens on Friday, Mar. 27th and plays through to Tuesday, Mar. 31st.
F.Y.I. Big Brother will know if you fail to report to The Civic for these great titles, so I expect I will see you all there.
Coming Soon: Cinderella, Marinoni, Gett: The Trial of Vivian Ansalem
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Fri. Mar. 27 @ 7:30, Sat. Mar. 28 @ 7:30, Sun. Mar. 29 @ 4pm & 7:30, Mon. Mar. 30 @ 11am, Tues. Mar. 31 @ 7:30[/one_half] [one_half_last]
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Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
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