Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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The Keep Michael Mann
The Keep (1983)
Directed by Michael Mann
This movie features two signature images: the first holds a man in silhouette as he runs toward the camera, in slow motion, against a harsh, electric-blue light; the second, moments later, finds the same man caught on a precipice, his minuscule figure pinned by the camera at the edge of a vast, cavernous frame. Two images devised in opposition: in one, man is a shadow looming over light; in the other he is a flicker about to be snuffed out by the darkness around him. If there seems little to Mann’s film besides such aesthetic curiosities, it makes a compelling case that there needn’t be. Alex Thompson's photography is sumptuous, a rich melange of smoke and primary colors. The atmospheric ambient score, by Tangerine Dream, throbs and pulsates beautifully. That its narrative is impenetrable is largely irrelevant: one needs only to soak in the texture of the thing. Calum Marsh (July 2 at Nitehawk)

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