Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Glengarry Glen Ross

Sunday, 15 January

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Glengarry Glen Ross

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doors open at 20:00, intro & film start at 20:30.

Glengarry Glen Ross * by James Foley, script by David Mamet * 1992 * 100 minutes * In English with English subtitles

What is important about this flick isn't so much the director, but its provocative scriptwriter David Mamet (Wag the Dog). The craft of his writing is so powerful it makes the director unimportant, and no matter what theme he takes on, he always elevates it to another level. His punchy razor-sharp dialogue is so unique there is even a term to describe it - 'Mametspeak'.
In this one he throws us into the real estate world, a place almost as creepy as the banking sector, and it shows how once things start to go wrong, the inherent greed and viciousness of the employees turns inward as they start tearing themselves to shreds. For many, if you want to understand how the guts of big business operates, this is the best film to watch.

During the pandemic we were told to stay at home and chill, but others were more busy. Ruthless speculators like the American investment corporation Blackrock were busy as hell acquiring more spaces in this city so they could leave them empty and eventually jack up the rental prices for a huge profit in the future. When squatters tried occupying one of those empty Blackrock buildings, they were immediately dragged out by the police. Welcome to the dark world of high-finance, where profits matter more than human lives.

 

And what is just as amazing as the script is the crazy cast cobbled together to speak the dialogue - Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and old-schooler Jack Lemmon. We're not a great fans of that genre of films where there are zero women roles of any importance. Still, for the energy in this film it was important to keep the testosterone levels as disfunctionally high as possible.
 

Date & Time: 

Sunday, 15 January, 2023 - 20:30

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 19 or Bus 41, Bus/tramhalte: Oostpoort, 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: 

(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.

categories: 

  • film

opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.