Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Exiles
(In association with the Virginia Film Festival)
November 2th-7:00 and 9:30 PM- 72 minutes
Dir. Kent Mackenzie-USA 1961

Unseen by the public for almost 50 years, Kent Mackenzie's bleak look on a community in collapse is a rare and unforgettable film. Through one night in the burnt-out Native American Community of Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, a group of young Indians look for trouble and a good time. Part immigrant story, part essay on urban decay, Exiles is a rare example of a subject playing itself. Shot with a hard neo-realist look, and jumping with the wild music of the times, the 1962 cult favorite "that's pure foot-to-pedal exhilaration (Jim Ridley, The Village Voice)."


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