Thursday, January 22, 2009

2009 Kick off!

This Saturday, 1/24 we kick off the Mad Movie Party 2009 season with a festival of films from French director Georges Franju.

From his Wikipedia entry:
Franju was one of the co-founders of the Cinémathèque Française. His first film was a 1949 documentary short, Le Sang des bêtes (Blood of the Beasts) which was shot in a Parisian slaughterhouse. It demonstrated his ability to combine the poetic and the graphic and revealed his ability to perceive the cruel and the uncanny within a realistic setting. Best known for his 1960 horror film, Les Yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face), which was described by Pauline Kael as "[p]erhaps the most elegant horror movie ever made."

We are pleased to feature two of Franju's most famous films - Eyes Without a Face and Judex. We have withdrawn Blood of the Beasts from the schedule.

Doors open at 5:30 for food and refreshments, and we plan to begin the first feature around 6pm. We look forward to seeing you at our first monthly event of the New Year!

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