Monday, 23 October
Red Rock West
RED ROCK WEST 1993
Directed by John Dahl
Here is one of those special films with a great mood, that is beautifully cast, shot and structured, but got lost in all the marketing flurry in the States, and therefore remains criminally underseen. This modern noir, shot in Arizona, oozes David Lynchian overtones. Though the initial premise is typical noir, the genre-plot is slowly dismantled as the movie unfolds and becomes more and more deranged, making it absolutely distinct.
A drifter comes into town and is mistaken for a hit man that a husband has ordered to kill his wife. The drifter takes the money, and plans to take off with the cash before anyone knows it, but then things start turning very, very strange. This flick is a wild ride of twists and turns and features a dangerous Dennis Hopper in one of his intense over-the-edge roles he excels at. The main character, the part of the drifter, is played by Nicolas Cage - but it is early '90s Cage, before he got lost and fluffy. In any case in this flick Cage is perfect.
Is this a western, a noir, a black comedy, surrealism? When the rights for this film were sold to Columbia, they didn't know how to market it, so they dumped it into direct-to-video. But here in Europe the film was actually shown in cinemas, and it is because of those screenings that it started gathering a huge cult following. Apart from Cage, this dark thriller with diabolical underpinnings also stars Lara Flynn Boyle (Twin Peaks), J. T. Walsh and Dennis Hopper.
The theme song by Dwight Yoakam "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" became a country-and-western hit, and pretty much captures the theme of this flick.
This will be a high-definition screening.
Date & Time:
- 3-5 €