Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Bone

Sunday, 21 July

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Bone

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Doors open at 20.30, Jeffrey's intro and film start at 21.00

BONE   (1972)
Directed by Larry Cohen
95 minutes
In English

This film is one of my biggest recent cinematic surprises.....it really knocked me off my chair with amazement! Maverick director Larry Cohen (It's Alive) would later make surreal horror films, but his debut was something totally different....and probably the finest film in his career. Bone is a film like no other, a quirky black comedy which takes on the subject of racism in a bizarre and unexpected way.

The plot focuses on a Beverley Hills couple- a used car salesman, and his wife Bernadette. The couple seem to have it all - but one small unpredictable incident happens which throws their lives into chaos, and exposes the poverty behind the facade of their lifestyle. What is that incident? One day a black man named Bone appears in their back yard. This starts a chain reaction of events which is nothing short of amazing. This razor-sharp film stands out from a lot of other 1970s stuff simply because its such a bizarre mix, and also because of the unpredictable way in which the plot plays out. Also, its cutting-edge sense of humor comes close to Tarantino, except this film also has deeper insights and something more relevant to say.

Bone is clearly an attack on racism, but above everything else its a film about how people lie to themselves in order to keep up a certain lifestyle. The film is radically un-PC, but at the same time it's one of the most politically correct films I have ever seen. Of course the major studios wouldn't even touch such a wild-card film, so it was thrown into the drive-in circuit and quickly deleted from film history. BONE is an obscure underground masterpiece, starring a brilliant Yaphet Kotto (Alien, Blue Collar)... and although Koto is usually great in everything he does, in this small independent film he gives the best performance of his life. Seen now, 40 years after it was made, this movie is not only relevant - its a startling revelation.

Date & Time: 

Sunday, 21 July, 2019 - 21:00 to 23:30

Category: 

  • film
Joe's Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43
1092 EZ Amsterdam
Netherlands

Directions: 

Train station Amsterdam Muiderpoort, 10 minutes walk --- Metro station Wibaustraat, 15 minutes walk --- Tram 9 or Bus 41, Bus/tramhalte: Pretoriusstraat, 1 minute walk

Squat: 

Presently squatted

Since June 2005, Joe's Garage is an autonomous squatted political social center, a meeting place in the Transvaal neighborhood for squatters and non-squatters, subsidy free, not for profit, self-organized and entirely run by volunteers.

categories: 

  • advice/help/office hours / book shop/info shop/library / course/workshop / discussion/presentation / exhibition / film / food / (free) shop/market / meeting / music/concert / theater

opening times: 

Monday: 19.00 Volkseten Vegazulu, people's kitchen
Tuesday: 20.00 - 21.30 Kraakspreekuur Oost, squatting assistance
Thursday: 19.00 Volkseten Vegazulu, people's kitchen (closed in July & August)
Friday: 19.30 Aman molli, workshop of Modal music
Saturday: 14.00 - 18.00 Give away shop
Sunday: 20.00 Movie night (film begins at 20:30)

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.

categories: 

  • film

opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.