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The Loveless (15)
September 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm UTC+1
‘Long before The Hurt Locker and Zero-Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow used to make exciting genre films such as the probing sci-fi Strange Days, her hillbilly vampire film Near Dark and all-time homoerotic actioner Point Break. We’re pleased to present a rare screening of The Loveless, her first feature film, which was directed alongside Monty Montgomery way back in 1981.
With Willem Dafoe channelling Marlon Brando in his first starring role, The Loveless is a straight-up 50s biker movie in the tradition of Roger Corman, The Wild One and Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising.
This stylish slow-burn work sees Dafoe’s leather-clad motorcycle gang pull up in small town America for just long enough to stir the local population into a frenzy. It’s painstakingly cool stuff, created with a compulsive eye for period detail and dialogue so sharp it’ll cut. “What’s a bum gotta do to drive this thing?” “…turn the key.”
The camera lingers on male bodies, ogling the leather-clad gang members as if they come from another (altogether sexier) planet. Of course, to the locals, whose world consists of a garage, a bar and a diner, they might as well have.
For their part, the natives react to the invasion of their town with a mixture of anger, awe and envy: “Y’know, I ain’t never seen anything like it in my life. They’re animals! Hell, I’d love to trade places with them for a day or two.” The
Loveless eventually emerges as a study of clashing masculinities, building towards a explosive conclusion as the biker’s performed brand of boyish, posturing bravado and fashionable nihilism is ultimately superseded by an ugly, possessive status quo, held fiercely in place by the local men.
Presented by The Skinny as part of the Directed by Women strand of Scalarama. Join us before the film for drinks, 50s tunes and an introduction from The Skinny film team.’
Organised by: The Skinny