U.S., 1981, 107 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Brian De Palma, Rated R for sexuality, brief nudity, violence and language, Park Circus
"It's a great movie." - Pauline Kael, New Yorker
One of Brian De Palma’s greatest films and one of the great American films of the 1980s, Blow Out is such a hallucinatory, emotionally and visually commanding experience that the term “thriller” seems insufficient. De Palma takes a variety of elements - the Kennedy assassination; Chappaquiddick; Antonioni’s Blow Up; the slasher genre that was then in full flower; elements of Detective Bob Leuci’s experience working undercover for the Knapp Commission; the harshness and sadness of American life; and, as ever, Hitchcock’s Vertigo - and swirls and mixes them into a film that builds to a truly shattering conclusion. With John Travolta, in what is undoubtedly his greatest performance, as the sound man for low-budget movies who accidentally records a murder; Nancy Allen, absolutely heartbreaking; John Lithgow as the hired killer; and De Palma stalwart Dennis Franz as the world’s biggest sleaze. This was the second of three collaborations between De Palma and recently departed master DP Vilmos Zsigmond, in whose memory these 35th anniversary screenings are presented.
For over twenty years as Miami Herald Film Critic, Rene Rodriguez has been South Florida’s leading arbiter of Film. Rene’s passion for movies is contagious, which is why we’ve invited him to introduce a movie that changed his life, Brian De Palma’s Blow Out, on Sunday, January 31st at 4:00 pm. Following the screening, join Rene and Gables Cinema’s Director of Programming Nat Chediak in a conversation about a genuine American classic.
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