Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 260: Wed Sep 21

Mad Max 2 (Miller, 1981): Everyman Screen on the Green, 10.30am

This great sequel is part of the 'Mad Max on 35mm' season at the Everyman Islington Screen on the Green. This 35mm presentation also screens on September 17th. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
George Miller’s 1981 sequel to his 1980 sleeper, Mad Max. Set in a postapocalyptic Australia, where nomadic tribes battle each other for precious gasoline, it’s a highly stylized, roaringly dynamic action film that shuns plot and characterization in favor of a crazy iconographical melange—it’s like the work of a western punk trucker de Sade. The style is more spectacular and comic-bookish than that of the original, which isn’t all to the good: without the crude but functional motivations of the first film, the violence here comes to seem somewhat arbitrary and distasteful. But for pure rhythm and visual panache, Miller has few real competitors; the climactic chase, with its deft variation of tempo and point of view, is a minor masterpiece. With Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, and Vernon Wells; originally titled Mad Max 2.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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