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Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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5/11 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

“The Bomb overshadowed global politics. It was a kind of ultimate hole card in a game where the stakes were life on earth. Then Kubrick’s film opened with the force of a bucketful of cold water, right in the face.” – Roger Ebert,

Dr. Strangelove arrived three years after Joseph Heller’s Catch-22: two works that cleaved a bold path of satire and savagery through the Cold War thicket of the early 1960′s. From the “you can’t fight in the War Room” War Room to the not-at-all-subtle phallic cigar chomping military officers, Strangelove skewers with pure wit until arriving at the only logical conclusion: nuclear annihilation (though, in the context of the movie, even that is pretty funny). With one of cinema’s all-time greats in the director’s chair, and a lineup that included Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden, Terry Southern, and Slim Pickens, Strangelove is one of those rare moments in movie-culture when, to put it bluntly, the stars aligned.

Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1964, DCP, 94min

Messiah of Evil

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5/25 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Messiah of Evil was my view of the San Fernando Valley… That bleak high street? If you walk through the San Fernando Valley at night, that’s what you saw.” – Willard Hyuck

Messiah Of Evil is one of the great lost films. Made by screenwriting team Willard Hyuck and Gloria Katz right before their breakout success writing American Graffiti, it details the unsettling relationship between a girl, her mysterious painter father, and a Northern California town full of bloodthirsty catatonic everyday people. There are standout zombie attacks in a supermarket and a movie theatre, as well as an appearance by ‘70s gay film icon Michael Greer – making the film an off-kilter killer.

Dir. Willard Hyuck, 1973, 35mm, 85 min.

Fox and His Friends

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6/8 - 7:30PM
$12/free for members

For those who prefer their trenchant class commentary served with a side of beefcake, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Fox and His Friends drops a rags-to-riches Cinderella tale into the singular milieu of the 1970s Munich gay scene. After a blue-collar bathroom cruiser and erstwhile circus freak (played with deep empathy by Fassbinder himself) wins a small fortune on the lottery, the sudden boost in social status that this fortune affords places him among company far more treacherous than the crooks, queens, and hustlers he knew on the street.

With painterly compositions (featuring a cheekily phallocentric mise-en-scène) and a brilliant tone at once deadpan and melodramatic, Fox and His Friends extracts curious humor and sincere humanity from a fall to ruin as heartbreaking as it is ultimately predictable. You’re likely to watch this nightmare of a love story through parted fingers, waiting to flinch.

Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975, 35mm, 123 min.

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