Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 173: Thu June 22

 The Hunger (Scott, 1983): Rio Cinema, 6.30pm

Through the Looking Glasses presents The Hunger + Q&A and book signing with Cathi Unsworth, author of Season of the Witch: The Book of Goth. This rare screening will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Travis Elborough with the acclaimed crime writer Cathi Unsworth, whose latest book, Season of the Witch is the unrivalled survey of Goth, the musical subculture that took the 1980s by storm and continues to thrive today. Cathi will be signing copies of the book after the screening.

Time Out film review: 
Catherine Deneuve is the ageless, possibly final survivor of an ancient immortal race dependent on humans for both sustenance and companionship. Her superior blood allows her lovers a triple lifetime until they ultimately succumb to instant decline. Not all of this is apparent in the film, where style rules at the expense of coherence. But that style is often glorious, from a bloody sun sinking over a gothic hi-tech Manhattan skyline to living quarters that are sumptuous. Neat touches of grim humour also: Deneuve and David Bowie manhunt in a disco as Bauhaus sing 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'; and Bowie rots away in a hospital waiting room where the 20 minutes wait becomes a subjective century of ageing. Visual sensualities will have a feast, but you'll have to read Whitley Strieber's novel if you don't want to emerge with a badly scratched head.
Giovanni Dadomo

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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