• Feb 29, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: BAMcinematek
  • Latest Activity: Aug 21, 2019

Part of the BAMcinématek series A Hell of A Writer: Jim Thompson

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
With Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert

(1981) 128min, 35mm

"Robert Bresson meets Sam Fuller." —Carloss Chamberlin, Senses of Cinema

Tavernier transports Thompson’s Western-noir hybrid Pop. 1280 from the American South to French Africa on the eve of World War II. In this "black comedy of the richest kind” (Dave Kehr), Noiret plays an ineffectual colonial police chief with a sudden urge to cleanse his town of corruption by murdering one enemy at a time. “Tavernier's rowdy, broad, unsettling moral tale… follows screwball comedy out to its other side as madness: you're never sure whether what you're watching is high spirits or insanity, and the characters keep reversing themselves... one of the freshest French films in years—it has wit, dash, and fiber” (Dave Kehr). 

BAM Rose Cinemas

General Admission: $12
BAM Cinema Club Members: $7
Movie Moguls: Free
Seniors: $9
Students: $9 (25 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

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