Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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ms. 45 abel ferrara
Ms. 45 (1980)
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Perhaps the film Valerie Solanas would've made had she not capped Warhol, this hypnotically lurid meditation on revenge puts a righteously violent spin on the eternal question: what’s a girl to do? A mute dressmaker (Zoë Lund, later the screenwriter of Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant) is raped twice in a single 1980s NYC day, setting into motion a misandristic killing spree that ultimately turns theological (and not just because our heroine goes as a nun to her office’s Halloween soirée), unsubtly but fascinatingly mixing the sacred with the profane. Ferrara's first four post-porn features all contain serial killer plots, and this one is the densest with moral ideas. Dan Sullivan (Dec 13-14 at IFC Center, part of its Midnight Movies)

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