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
Here is an extract.