Thursday, 2 July 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 201: Mon Jul 20

Night Moves (Penn, 1975): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm


This is part of the Passport to Cinema season. Tonight's screening will be introduced by Dominic Power, head of Screen Arts at the National Television Film School. The film can also be seen on Sunday 19th July. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Released in 1975, near the end of Arthur Penn's most productive period (which began in 1967 with Bonnie and Clyde), this haunting psychological thriller ambitiously sets out to unpack post-Watergate burnout in American life. Gene Hackman plays an LA detective tracking a runaway teenager (Melanie Griffith in her screen debut) to the Florida Keys while evading various problems of his own involving his father and his wife. The labyrinthine mystery plot and pessimistic mood suggest Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald, and like them screenwriter Alan Sharp has more than conventional mystery mechanics on his mind. One of Penn's best features; his direction of actors is sensitive and purposeful throughout. With Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, Edward Binns, Harris Yulin, Kenneth Mars and James Woods.
Jonathan Rosenabum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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