Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 209: Sat July 28

Quadrophenia (Roddam, 1979):
Portobello Pop-Up Cinema, under the Westway, 3 Acklam Rd, W10

Tonight's screening, which is introduced by the film's director Franc Roddam, is in aid of Cooke's Pie & Mash shop, still under threat from Shepherd's Bush council who appear determined to allow a property developer to demolish the historic Goldhawk Road row of shops next to the Market - despite their actions having been ruled unlawful at the High Court. It comes after numerous expressions of support from the community in W12 and from further afield for their fight for survival, with a horde of mods descending on the Bush earlier this year.

Chicago Reader review:
'Franc Roddam's 1979 film of the Who's rock opera aligns sociological observation and romantic fantasy to create an extravagant, involving teenpic with a responsible intellectual grounding. The dark, grimy visual style meets the Who's naive plotting straight on to create a kind of mythic realism”stirring archetypal situations clothed in pseudodocumentary grit. The hero, a jumpy young mod played with commanding intensity by Phil Daniels, achieves one moment of perfect bliss and then self-destructs, a motif straight out of 19th-century romantic fiction' Dave Kehr

Here is the Brighton club scene.

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