Thursday, 28 June 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 185: Tue July 3

Lost In America (Brooks, 1985): Lumiere Cinema, 88 Chatsworth Rd, E5, 8.30pm FREE
This is a rare screening of a great American satire from the mid-80s.

Chicago Reader review:
'In the tradition of Keaton, Tashlin, and Tati, Albert Brooks makes comedies that are not only brilliantly funny but also pursue a radical formal inventiveness: with its use of long takes, stripped-down imagery, and superrealism, Lost in America could pass for the work of Jean-Marie Straub, if Straub had a sense of humour. Brooks plays a hapless yuppie who, with his wife (Julie Hagerty), sets out on a belated cross-country journey to find himself (the spirit of Easy Rider is invoked as the couple set off in their Winnebago); they make it as far as Las Vegas, where Hagerty, finally snapping after a lifetime of obedient conformity, blows their entire $200,000 nest egg at a roulette wheel.'
Dave Kehr
Here is an extract.

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