Saturday, 14 June 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 182: Wed Jul 2

Strangers in Paradise (Lommel, 1984): Prince Charles Cinema, 9pm

This is the first night of the Duke Mitchell Film Club fest. More details of the full weekend here.

Here is the Duke Mitchell introduction to this 30th anniversary screening:
What do you get if you cross a time-travelling cryogenically frozen hypnotist , evil Nazis, musical songs, the internet and small-town folk from America who want to cure the homosexuals, the punks, the gamblers and the prostitutes? A forgotten masterpiece that’s what! 

Forget the brilliant charms of ‘The Room’ , leave behind the eye-watering excesses of ‘The Apple’ – this Summer the ONLY film you need to see is the 30th Anniversary Screening of ‘Strangers in Paradise’ proudly brought to you by The Duke. Film director Ulli Lommel (yes, that Ulli Lommel!) stars as Jonathan Strange, a hypnotist with the power to control the minds of men! When he finds himself hunted down by Hitler and his cronies, wanting to exploit his powers for the good of the Nazi party, Jonathan has himself cryogenically frozen – only to be revived in the 1980s by others who want to use his unique powers… 

Combining musical brilliance with outrageous scene-chewing acting, this under-appreciated film is a mind-boggling experience just begging to be re-discovered. Only ever released on VHS in any country, this screening is THE official UK 30th Anniversary Screening of an overlooked classic which you may never, EVER see again at the cinema!

Here (and above) is an extract.

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