Salut cousin!

Salut cousin!

Algerian filmmaker Merzak Allouache, whose remarkable 1994 feature Bab El-Oued City led to his exile, switches to a lighter mode in this entertaining and flavorsome 1996 comedy about an Algerian who turns up in Paris to collect a suitcase of contraband clothes (for his boss to sell back home) and winds up spending a few days with his cousin, a con artist. Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Friday, July 25, 6:00; Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, 4:00; and Tuesday, July 29, 6:00; 312-443-3737.

–Jonathan Rosenbaum

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Published on 25 Jul 1997 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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The Outpost

The Outpost

All things being equal, Peter Gothar’s Kafkaesque allegory (1994) periodically suggests a Hungarian variation on Tarkovsky’s Stalker, albeit one in which both comedy and sex play much more substantial roles. In the 1980s a divorced design engineer (Mari Nagy) learns she’s been “promoted” to run a remote branch office for the company that employs her; she leaves her hometown in good faith, knowing next to nothing about her new job or destination, for a journey through industrial devastation that gets progressively weirder and creepier. In some ways her successive male escorts prove even more sinister than the terrain. An engrossing head-scratcher that’s definitely worth checking out. Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, Saturday, July 19, 3:15 and 6:45, and Tuesday, July 22, 7:00, 773-281-4114. –Jonathan Rosenbaum

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): film still.

Published on 18 Jul 1997 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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The Human Touch [MEN IN BLACK & CONTACT]

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Published on 11 Jul 1997 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Out To Sea

Out to Sea

Unless I’ve lost count, this is the seventh comedy pairing Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and neither the standard-issue trailer nor the prospect of seeing these geezers as dance hosts on a Caribbean luxury cruise filled me with any sympathetic anticipation. For a long time this duo has been picking through ersatz or second-rate Billy Wilder and Neil Simon material without adding any sparks. I can’t really say that Robert Nelson Jacobs’s predictable script is anything special either. But director Martha Coolidge’s warmth, grace, and generosity in handling not just this team but a fleet of talented troupers–above all Dyan Cannon, Gloria De Haven, Donald O’Connor, and Elaine Stritch, but also Brent Spiner, Hal Linden, Edward Mulhare, and Rue McClanahan–make much of this a genuinely joyful experience, and the dancing alone is well worth seeing. Be sure to stick around for the closing credits. Broadway, Esquire, Evanston, Golf Glen, Lake, Lincoln Village, Norridge. –Jonathan Rosenbaum

Published on 04 Jul 1997 in Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Goofy Jules Verne adaptation from 1959, marshaling such strange bedfellows as James Mason, Pat Boone, and Arlene Dahl. Amiable hack Henry Levin directed, in ‘Scope. (JR)

Published on 01 Jul 1997 in Featured Texts, by admin

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