The Best Old Movie on a Big Screen This Week: January 21-27

01/21/2015 11:00 AM |


Safe (1995)
Directed by Todd Haynes
A postmodern mashup of Antonioni’s Red Desert and Sirkian melodrama, Haynes’s ennui-horror film is the artistic peak for the director and its star, Julianne Moore. Carol White, an aimless San Fernando Valley housewife, develops an unknown illness that insidiously alienates her from the world around her. Fascinatingly allegorical in almost every sense, Safe is ultimately a modernization of the women’s film of the 40s and 50s via the lens of the hollowness of conspicuous consumption. Haynes’s rigorous compositions situate Carol within an oppressively organized frame, when in fact all she probably needs is a little chaos. Not to be missed in 35mm. John Oursler (Jan 25, 3pm at the Museum of the Moving Image’s Moore tribute)