Thursday, 20 January 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 22: Saturday Jan 22, 2011

The Harder They Come: Rio Cinema, 11.30pm

The Rio Saturday late-nighters are packing them in and this week's promises to be no exception. There are very few soundtracks better than the one for The Harder They Come, the 1972 Jamaican gangster musical. Indeed the album resides at No119 in Rolling Stone magazine's greatest of all-time list. This is a rare chance to see Jimmy Cliff as Ivanhoe 'Ivan' Martin take on the might of the drugs lords in Kingston. As the tagline for the film put it: 'With a Piece in His Hand He Takes on the Man!'

Of course the highlight is the music with Cliff joined by The Melodians, The Slickers DJ Scotty and, of course, reggae giants Desmond Dekker and Toots and the Maytals. Here is a sample.

And if you think the Rio is hitting the spot on a Saturday - just wait till next week. Here's a teaser.

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