Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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lonesome cowboys andy warhol wrestling scene
Lonesome Cowboys (1968)
Directed by Andy Warhol
Ramona (played by Viva) is a frustrated ranch owner living with her stoned male nurse (Taylor Mead) in the desert; Julian (Tom Hompertz) is a buff young drifter passing through. To be together, these star-crossed lovers must overcome five horny marauding cowboy brothers (including Warhol-regular Joe Dallesandro) who aim to have their way with them both. Warhol’s largely improvised film was shot on location in the Arizona desert, and the result pays tribute to the human spirit’s strength in a world ruled by sex and money. “You can’t find anybody that you love as much as yourself, so you’re always lonesome,” one of the cowboys tells Julian, explaining their situation as much as that of Ramona, who strives to hold her ground against the gang-raping goons until her younger beloved grows up. Aaron Cutler (Apr 10 at Film Forum)

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