Saturday, 28 June 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 201: Mon Jul 21

Out of the Blue (Hopper, 1980): BFI Southbank NFT2, 8.30pm



This film, part of the Dennis Hopper season at BFI Southbank, also screens on 25th July. You can find full details here.

Time Out review:
From its horrific opening - truck driver Hopper drunk at the wheel with daughter Linda Manz ploughs into a school bus full of screaming children - you're left in no doubt that you're in for an edgy experience. The teenage Manz, in a quite sensational performance under Hopper's direction, embodies the nihilistic ethos of punk in a way that other mainstream projects (Foxes, Times Square) couldn't begin to achieve. Manz impassively (and why not, with mum a junkie and dad an incestuous paedophile) observes life in small-town America's roadhouses and bowling alleys, embittered by the death of Elvis and Sid Vicious, and interested only in the drum kit at which she flails away in her bedroom. If ever there was a movie about Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll, this is it, a film of and about extremes, directed by an extremist.
Rod McShane

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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