Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: I cannibali

Sunday, 14 August

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: I cannibali

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THE YEAR OF THE CANIBALS (1970) * Directed by Liliana Cavani * 87 minutes * In Italian with English subtitles
doors open at 20:30, film starts at 21:00.


This is a wild offbeat plunge into European cinema of the 70s... a time when everything was up for grabs and bold experiments were being forged by visionary directors... in this case Liliana Cavani (The Night Porter). As I have mentioned before, female directors were emerging here in Europe in this period, a phenomena that would pretty much be dashed in the 80s. This bizarre document was made during the social protest years of 1967-69 and stars Britt Ekland along with the uncompromising Pierre Clémenti. It's loosely based on the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles, but this version has been updated into a surreal-symbolic Italian sci-fi of the 70s.

We enter a situation where the city streets are littered with the copses of hundreds of boys and girls, who were probably demonstrators beaten by the police. The bodies are left there as a warning against rebellion by the government, and no one is allowed to touch them. The story centers on a woman who wants to bury her dead brother, and together with her friend Tiresias, they conspire to break the law and bury the dead. The thunderous music score is by Ennio Morricone.

Ironically the cityscape strewn with lifeless bodies anticipated a bomb which exploded in a Milan bank a few months later. First blamed on leftists, it was later discovered it had been planted by neo-fascists. The bomb blast killed 18 and wounded 80. Director Liliana Cavani would later call her film a “tragic prophecy.”

Date & Time: 

Sunday, 14 August, 2022 - 21:00


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Joe's Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43
1092 EZ Amsterdam


Train station Amsterdam Muiderpoort, 10 minutes walk --- Metro station Wibaustraat, 15 minutes walk --- Tram 19 or Bus 41, Bus/tramhalte: Oostpoort, 1 minute walk


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.


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(from May 2023):
Monday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu
Tuesday: 19-20:30, Kraakspreekuur Oost
Wednesday: 18-22:00, Proxy Cafe or Esperanto workshop *
Thursday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu
Friday: 20:00 Aman molli: Practice of Modal music *
Saturday: 14-18, Give Away Shop
Sunday: 14-16, Radical Sunday School
Sunday: 16-18, Language Cafe
Sunday: 20:30, Movie night
(*) irregular event, check Radar.
Every 2nd sunday of the month, 18:00-19:30, Joe’s Garage open assembly

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.


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