Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 204: Mon Jul 24

Stormy Monday (Figgis, 1988): Garden Cinema, 7.30pm

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mike Figgis.

Chicago Reader review:
A watchable first feature by English writer-director Mike Figgis, beautifully shot by Roger Deakins. It’s “America Week” in Newcastle, and an American gangster/businessman (Tommy Lee Jones) is trying to take advantage of this by forcing the owner of a local jazz club (Sting) to sell his building. Meanwhile, a Polish free jazz group arrives at the club, and a young Irishman (Sean Bean) working there gets involved with a part-time hooker (Melanie Griffith) from Minnesota working for the American. While there’s something rather glacial about this international parable and noirish exercise, apart from a few amusing gags, the actors, settings, and music manage to hold the interest, and the underlying theme–the precise equivalence of Reaganism and gangsterism for most English people–is timely and pointed.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the Arrow trailer.

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