Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Point Blank (1967)
Directed by John Boorman
If Boorman’s Hollywood debut was too pretentious for mainstream audiences when it was released, today it’s an underappreciated curio: film noir edited in the kind of refracted narrative that studios are still afraid to touch. This is a revenge picture pummeled over the head and dragged over a floor of broken glass, its jittery form inseparable from the woozy-obsessive drive of its antihero Walker (Lee Marvin). Blasting his way through an LA photographed like an Ed Ruscha painting, Walker is a force of (human) nature, his feelings hidden behind one brilliantly nebulous screenwriting motivation: “I want my money!” Steve Macfarlane (Apr 16-18 at MoMA, part of its Auteurist History of Film series)

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