Altered States (Russell, 1980): Roxy Bar & Screen, London Bridge, 7pm
The Scala Forever team, who organised a season of movies in the capital last year recalling the days of the wonderful Scala cinema at King's Cross, are back with Russell Forever as a tribute to the late, great British film-maker. Here are the details for the full Ken Russell season screenings. This is a FilmBar70 presentation. Details here.
This is the FilmBar70 introduction to the night: Detonate the brain, shred the synapse and de-evolve to the time when the human consciousness was but a glint in the primordial soup’s eye. Filmbar70 proudly pays tribute to the iconoclastic Ken Russell with a screening of the monumentally psychedelic ALTERED STATES (USA 1980). We’ve thrown our hat (and the whole bloody kitchen sink) into the ring of Ken Russell Forever, a season dedicated to the wayward genius of British cinema, with a Filmbar favourite that truly reflects Ken’s attitude and scorched earth policy. Featuring a visionary railing against the mundane banalities of life and a doomed, romantic quest to transgress the barriers of taste and decorum in order to reveal an essential ‘truth’, ALTERED STATES is 100% Russell – overblown yet meticulous, vulgar yet intelligent, preposterous yet absorbing. His first Stateside commitment may have been late to the psychedelic party, but represents the last hurrah of American leftfield/mainstream cinema, and fully unleashes his propensity for verbal and visual pyrotechnics. And, most incredibly, William Hurt is not boring in it.
Here is the FilmBar70 trailer for the evening.