Laurelhurst Theater
Laurelhurst Theater and Pub
Special Events
10/1 - 10/2
» Last Tango in Paris
What can you say about one of the most radical films of all time? Just make "butter" jokes? Ok, but I'd rather realize that Last Tango in Paris is supremely fresh not only as a movie but it's a painting, too. Director Bernardo Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro created what they describe as an "orange" film by absorbing the palette of Francis Bacon. Based on a dream of Bertolucci's about a "beautiful nameless woman," Last Tango portrays the very, very, very doomed love affair between a newbie widower (Marlon Brando) and a pretty young girl (Maria Schneider). Audiences went berserk over Last Tango's sheer eroticism. Unable to see it in their own country, thousands of Spaniards traversed the border into France. In the U.S., a bomb threat was directed at a theater and there were reports of "vomiting by well-dressed wives," along with multiple accusations of "pornography disguised as art." Simultaneously, Pauline Kael compared the American premiere to the first performance of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps! "Anyway, to make a long, dull story even duller, I come from a time when a guy like me used to come into a joint like this and pick up a young chick like you." (1972)
Last Tango in Paris

10/1 - 10/9
» Streets of Fire
Streets of Fire claims a special mythos as a self-described "Rock & Roll Fable." It's a tuff guy--and girl--cabaret that's as creative as Xanadu or Labyrinth in terms of winging together fabulous creatures and strong design. Director Walter Hill scored big with 48 Hours and segued rapidly into Streets; he crafts almost a Twilight Zone vintage of 1950's character-types like "Soldier Boy," "Leader of the Pack," and "Peggy Sue," and engulfs them in 1970's rock-opera euphoria, and turns every moment into a 1980's music-video fashion show. What a movie! It's an all-u-can-eat, retro-futuristic fetish banquet: Michael Pare (as Tom Cody), the handsome independent badass; Willem Dafoe (as Raven Shaddock), possibly the coolest (Irish?) freek to walk the screen--he preys over the cast like a jealous, gay terminator; Marine Jahan (the real body from Flashdance) yokes all eyes with her dance of spasms at Torchie's; and Streets has those great anthems lipped by Diane Lane (as Ellen Aim): "Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young" and "Nowhere Fast," from composer Jim Steinman, who did "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Bat Out of Hell." (1984)
Streets of Fire


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