Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 260: Monday September 19

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Kaufman, 1978): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm

There's been plenty of debate in the press about remakes of late - here is a contribution from Guardian film writer Danny Leigh - and this riff on Don Siegel's 1950s classic is certainly one of the better stabs.

Time Out review:

'Though it lacks the awesome allegorical ambiguousness of the 1956 classic of sci-fi/political paranoia (here paid homage in cameo appearances byKevin McCarthy and Don Siegel), Kaufman and screenwriter WD Richter's update and San Francisco transposition of Jack Finney's novel is a far from redundant remake. The extraterrestrial pod people now erupt into a world where seemingly everyone is already 'into' changing their lives or lifestyles, and into a cinematic landscape already criss-crossed by an endless series of conspiracies, while the movie has as much fun toying with modern thought systems (psychology, ecology) as with elaborate variations on its predecessor. Kaufman here turns in his most Movie Brattish film, but soft-pedals on both his special effects and knowing in-jokiness in a way that puts De Palma to shame; even extra bit appearances by Robert Duvall(Kaufman's Jesse James in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid) and Hollywood archivist Tom Luddyare given a nicely take-it-or-leave-it dimension.' Paul Taylor


Here is the trailer.

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