Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Retro Film Series presents

Blow Out & The Parallax view

  • Fri, Aug 30
    • 7:00pm - Cinema One
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Brian De Palma’s BLOW OUT
(R, 1981, 108 min)

Jack Terry (John Travolta) is a sound technician working for a grubby Philadelphia film producer. While recording some atmospheric noise, he witnesses and records a presidential hopeful’s fatal car accident, an event Jack comes to suspect is actually an assassination. “Blow Out” combines elements of the Kennedy assassination, the Chappaquiddick incident, and post-Watergate paranoia into a potent mystery, building to a climax that’s almost nightmarish in its despair.

Followed by:

Alan J. Pakula’s THE PARALLAX VIEW: 50th Anniversary!
(R, 1974, 102 min)

There are movies that tap into the paranoia of the era — and then there’s Alan J. Pakula’s mother of all conspiracy thrillers, centered around a journalist (Warren Beatty) who stumbles across a mystery involving the murder of a prominent senator during a public appearance. The perpetrator fits the traditional profile of the “lone-wolf” assassin…only he seems to fit it a little too well. As his investigation deepens, clues lead Frady toward the mysterious Parallax Corporation — but Frady quickly finds himself in over his head in ways he couldn’t have anticipated.