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Film Club: Repulsion@Boa 10/23

Posted by Omar / October 21, 2006

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As we fast approach All-Hallow-Even, we at Film Club have decided to shift our programming from the delightfully macabre to the downright freaky-scary-boohoo (note: a clinical term used to describe tensions arising out of psychosexual dramatic situations as described in the DMS IV).

To that end, we are screening Roman Polanski's 1965 classic film Repulsion (click for the excellent trailer). As usual we are screen films every Monday night after 8:30pm at Boa Modern Taverne (5301 St. Laurent). Free admission. Beer and popcorn available. Plenty of film geeks handing out sheets with fun facts. You can even request films for future screenings.

I guarantee you that whatever shivers you may be feeling from the premature snow and icy temperatures will pale in comparison to the shivers you'll experience from watching Catherine Deneuve in this film. Deneuve at her chillingly beautiful best, plays Carol, a woman who descends into hallucinatory madness when her sister and sister's boyfriend take off for the weekend. Carol has a strange repulsion towards men, and in her isolation her paranoid fantasies, desires and tensions become difficult to discern from reality.

Forget Beauty and the Beast. In Polanski's vision, Beauty is the Beast.

Polanski's forte is in crafting psychologically rich portraits of a schizophrenic, paranoid worlds. Like a perverse mixture of Kafka, Freud and Chandler, Polanski is able to reflect the absurdity and horror of almost any situation. For those of you who've seen Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby and/or The Tenant, I'm sure you felt those feelings.

Repulsion, made in the mid-sixties, also serves as fascinating flip side to the rhetoric of the time. In an era of sexual liberation, feminism, and cosmic consciousness (through mind altering drugs), Repulsion plays like a death knell. In Carol's world, sexual liberation is akin to paranoia. Feminism is taken to a paralysing extreme. And in Repulsion, the hallucinations are 'fun' or 'trippy.'

So come and check it out. I guarantee you'll be disturbed. Booo! Boooooo! And coming of the following week: A ZOMBIE DOUBLE BILL - I Walked With a Zombie and Dawn of the Dead.

And if you are a studio head or film distributor wondering about the rights for screening...well, let's discuss at my house over a drink. Please. Come in. Sit down. Make yourself comfortable. Have a glass of scotch. Hmmm. Yes.. Oh, I dropped the kitchen knife, how clumsy of me. Hmmm... can't seem to put it back....why do I advance towards you with a knife in hand? Hmmmm....I'm not sure....

* no film personnel were hurt in the writing of the last paragraph.

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Evelyne / October 22, 2006 at 12:15 pm
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Yay horror flicks, plus Polanski is so eerie. See you there!
golu dolls / March 22, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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Kanchipuram sarees / March 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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Kanchipuram sarees / March 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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Herbal Powder / March 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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