Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 34: Sat Jun 19

Queen of Diamonds (Menkes, 1991): Barbican Cinema, 6.15pm

This film is part of the Journey to the City season at the Barbican. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
One of the most jarringly original independent films of the 1990s, Nina Menkes’ lost underground classic reemerges in a gorgeous new restoration. In a neon-soaked dream vision of Las Vegas, a disaffected blackjack dealer (played by the director’s sister Tinka Menkes) drifts through a series of encounters alternately mundane, surreal, and menacing, while death and violence hover ever-present in the margins. Awash in lush, hallucinatory images, Queen of Diamonds is a haunting study of female alienation that “may become for America in the 90s what Jeanne Dielman was for Europe in the 70s—a cult classic using a rigorous visual composition to penetrate the innermost recesses of the soul”

Berenice Reynaud

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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