Abel Ferrara's "Ms. 45" (new DCP restoration, 1/15, 7:45pm)

King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, The Funeral — all indelible cinematic classics from the mind of Abel Ferrara, whom we proudly call one of America’s greatest and most unique living filmmakers.  Ms. 45, one of Ferrara’s earliest works, comes to Cinefamily in a brand-new DCP restoration, and is by far one of the best of the drive-in vigilante films kicked off some years earlier by Death Wish.  This gritty ditty puts a novel spin on the premise by turning its avenging gun-packer into a beautiful young mute woman cleaning up the streets.   Thana (Zoë Tamerlis, co-writer of Bad Lieutenant), a diligent worker in NYC’s garment district, has the ultimate bad day as she’s assaulted not once, but twice in visceral fashion.  Shocked to her core, her nights become consumed by seductive prowls through the city — which often results in male pigs winding up on the wrong end of a bullet.  Tamerlis offers a compelling silent performance that eerily echoes Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion, while Ferrara displays an amazing command of the medium on very limited means. Eerie, firey, unforgettable.  
Dir. Abel Ferrara, 1981, DCP, 80 min.

Watch the trailer for “Ms. 45″!