Point Blank (Boorman, 1967): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 4.15, 6.30 & 8.45pm
This film, part of the John Boorman season at BFI Southbank, is on an extended run at the cinema from March 29 to April 11. Details here.
Chicago Reader review:
'John Boorman's modernist, noirish thriller (1967) is still his best and
funniest effort (despite the well-phrased demurrals of filmmaker Thom
Andersen regarding its cavalier treatment of Los Angeles). Lee Marvin,
betrayed by his wife and best friend, finds revenge when he emerges from
prison. He recovers stolen money and fights his way to the top of a
multiconglomerate—only to find absurdity and chaos. Boorman's treatment
of cold violence and colder technology has lots of irony and visual
flash—the way objects are often substituted for people is especially
brilliant, while the influence of pop art makes for some lively 'Scope
compositions—and the Resnais-like experiments with time and editing are
still fresh and inventive. The accompanying cast (and iconography)
includes Angie Dickinson, John Vernon, and Carroll O'Connor; an
appropriate alternate title might be "Tarzan Versus IBM," a working
title Jean-Luc Godard had for his Alphaville.'
Here is the trailer.