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Gang Rivalry Night

Koolhoven & Simons: Gang Rivalry Night

Gangs never come in ones, so today we present a double bill made up of two very different films about teenage gangs: Rumble Fish, one of Coppola's most personal, dazzling films, followed by Cry-Baby, John Waters' crazy homage to ’50s exploitation movies.

poster Koolhoven & Simons: Gang Rivalry Night
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  • poster Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola, US 1983)

    Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola, US 1983, 94')

    Following trailers for gang films including West Side Story and Colors, we will be screening Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola's highly personal story of alienation and reconciliation between two rebellious brothers set in a dreamy, timeless Tulsa. The impressive black-and-white style of this 'art film for teens' harks back to German expressionism.

    The powerful percussion provided by Stewart Copeland on the soundtrack underlines the film’s romantic fatalism, with memorable roles for Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Tom Waits and Laurence Fishburne.

  • poster Cry-Baby (John Waters, US 1990)

    Cry-Baby (John Waters, US 1990, 85')

    Following trailers for films such as The Wanderers and The Yakuza, we turn up the heat even more with John Waters' hilarious, hysterical musical comedy Cry-Baby. Johnny Depp is supercool as irresistible bad guy Wade ‘Cry-Baby’ Walker, who has all the girls at his high school drooling over him with his astonishing talent for letting out a single tear.

    Depp enacts a pastiche of juvenile delinquents of the ’50s, complete with leather jacket, swept-back hair, motorcycle and predilection for 'good girls' he can corrupt. John Waters, an independent cult film pioneer, again slathers his transgressive cinema in a generous helping of happiness, while elevating bad taste to an artform.

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Koolhoven & Simons

Every month, Koolhoven and Simons will be scrutinizing the genre film, presenting films within pretty forthright themes that have never before been screened at Eye. Expect evenings on Trucker, Grindhouse or Revenge of Nature films. A tribute to rarely screened trailers and forgotten classics, where possible in 35mm, using films from Eye’s collection.

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