Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Exiles

The Exiles - a legendary film that has been near impossible to see for ages - is screening at the Cinematheque this week.

Says the Cinematheque:
'The Exiles is a lacerating portrait of the isolation and hardship endured by the Native American community living in the Bunker Hill area of Los Angeles, a once-prominent neighbourhood reduced, by 1960, to decrepitude and poverty. Told with Flaherty-style lyricism, the film lies at the cusp of both fiction and documentary in its intimate dusk-to-dawn depiction of a group of friends led by a Hualapai man named Homer. As the guys set out for a raucous night on the town, Homer’s solemn, pregnant Apache wife Yvonne is left at home to long for his companionship and a better life. She embarks on a drifting nighttime stroll through the city (recalling Jeanne Moreau’s tenuous ambling in Antonioni’s La Notte, released the same year in Italy), her fragile state imparted through a wounded gaze and confessional narration. Shot in inky black and white with startling realism, The Exiles conveys “a near-heavenly vision of a near-hell” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).'

The screening times are as follows, hope to see you there:
November 14, 2008 7:00 PM
November 18, 2008 7:00 PM
November 19, 2008 8:45 PM
Screens at Jackman Hall

More info here.

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