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KINO SLANG: MILITANT FILMS BY HITCHCOCK, BARNET, MONTEIRO

Thursday, July 27 at 8 PM 

Doors 7:30; $5 suggested donation.

                                                                                                                                            AVENTURE MALGACHE (Madagascar Landing, Alfred Hitchcock, 1944). Deemed ineffective as propaganda and shelved for 50 years by the British government, this wartime short directed by master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock reenacts a story of the Resistance against the fascist powers during World War II in the French colony of Madagascar, Africa.

A GOOD LAD (Slavnyy Malyy, Boris Barnet, 1943). Film historian David Bordwell summarizes: “A French pilot’s plane is downed in a Russian forest, where a resistance group is hiding out and forming its own little community. Living under the imminent threat of Nazi discovery doesn’t forestall songs, romantic affairs, and mistakes born of the language gap: ‘I love you.’ ‘I don’t understand.’  ‘I don’t understand.'”

WHAT SHALL I DO WITH THIS SWORD? (Que Farei eu com Esta Espada?, João César Monteiro, 1975). We are in Portugal, in 1975, a country boiling in the aftermath of an ongoing, still unresolved revolution. People are out in the streets, crowds shout slogans, tension and indistinctness surround their daily lives. Filmmaker João César Monteiro, himself boiling, goes amidst the crowd. (…) What shall I do with this sword? is a time capsule, from a precise moment in recent Portuguese history, a mirror-image of a fragmented country.

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