J. HOBERMAN & 60s CINEMA Rating: NNNNN
One of the most useful things in J. Hoberman's new book, The Dream Life: Movies, Media And The Mythology Of The Sixties, is the way the author ties together the decade's historical events with the production and opening of films.
It's useful to know that The Manchurian Candidate opened at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis- and seeing that film at that moment must have been an interesting experience.
Hoberman will be speaking on 60s cinema and signing copies of his book on Friday (June 25) prior to a screening of The Manchurian Candidate (the original John Frankenheimer film, not the forthcoming remake). This kicks off nine days of screenings of the key films in Hoberman's book, including Arthur Penn's The Chase, Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View and Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point. It's a quick course on how Hollywood has changed in the last 30 years. Try to imagine a major studio today financing Zabriskie Point. If you can, you have a future writing science fiction. (June 25, Cinematheque Ontario)