Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 166: Fri Jun 16

Streets Of Fire (Hill, 1984): Prince Charles Cinema, 9pm


This is part of the 35mm presentations at the Prince Charles. Full details here.

Time Out film review:
Continuing his love affair with movies that go bang in the night, Walter Hill here gives us a futuristic rock fantasy which is, at heart, a Western. An itinerant soldier (Michael ParĂ©) returns to his home to discover that his former girlfriend, the local girl who's made it big in the rockbiz (Diane Lane), has been kidnapped by a villainous street-gang. Cue for fisticuffs and fireworks as ParĂ©, aided by a tough-talking female sidekick (Amy Madigan), hikes over to the bad part of town and unlocks Ms Lane from the bed to which she's been handcuffed. Result? Showdown. Streets of Fire is fast and loud, with music from Ry Cooder and, perhaps misguidedly, Jim Steinman; it is also violent, though its violence lies not in the depiction of blood and entrails, but in the sheer energy and speed with which the dark and brooding images rush after one another. The message is that there is no message; if this isn't action cinema in its purest form, then it's pretty close.
Richard Rayner

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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