Friday, November 21, 2008

Badlands @ The Charles Theatre next week

Terrence Malick’s legendary film BADLANDS plays in the revival series slot this week at the Charles. Please note: there will be a screening on Wednesday night, but not on Thursday night.

Saturday, November 22 at Noon
Monday, November 24 at 7pm
Wednesday, November 26 at 9pm
There will be no show on Thanksgiving

1973 Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates. 94m.

This first, magnificent, outpouring of the sporadic genius of cinema’s equivalent to JD Salinger, Terrence Malick, still seems terrifically modern. That’s partly down to the career-best performances of Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as garbage-collector Kit and naive schoolgirl Holly (who narrates), the misfit young couple who, like savage innocents, create a brief idyll and end up leaving a trail of blood...A film of ‘visionary realism’, based on a real-life couple-on-the-run murder spree from the ’50s, ‘Badlands’ is as psychologically precise as it is splendidly visually observant. But it also exudes a timeless, mythical and tragic quality which is all the more remarkable for the languorous ease with which its story unfolds. Infused with anuncharacterisable romanticism, and employing one of the most entrancing uses of soundtrack music...since Pasolini ’s ‘Gospel According to St Matthew’, it’s a challengingly non-judgmental work which lulls the viewer into a sublime state of false security, the better to deliver a stunning but gentle essay on freedom and necessity, life and death. (Time Out)