Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 137: Thu Sep 30

Altered States (Russell, 1980): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 9pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the Terror Vision thread. You can find all the details here.

Chicago Reader review:
This Ken Russell film (1980) is just as much a camp joke as Lisztomania or Mahler, but this time nobody’s laughing, perhaps because Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay provided the first recognizably realistic context for Russell’s obsessions since Women in Love. Chayefsky, who had his name removed from the credits, may have thought it was about the agony and ecstasy of scientific investigation, but in Russell’s hands it becomes another nutball Neoplatonic allegory, riddled with Catholic epiphanies. There isn’t a lucid moment in it (and much of the dialogue is rendered unintelligible by Russell’s subversive direction), but it has dash, style, and good looks, as well as the funniest curtain line since Some Like It Hot.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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