Monday, February 12, 2007

Blue Collar

One of my favourite films is showing at Cafe Crema (306 New Cross Road, SE14) next week. Blue Collar is a 1978 film directed by Paul Schrader (best known for Taxi Driver), featuring Harvey Keitel and Richard Pryor as Detroit autoworkers coming up against the company and corrupt union officials. A great title track too by Captain Beefheart.

I once saw this at the Ritzy in Brixton, with the reels shown in the wrong order, so we got to see the end of the film before the middle - half the audience jeered, the remainder obviously thought it was deliberate - perhaps reminded of Godard's famous remark that a film should 'have a beginning, middle, and end, but not necessarily in that order'.

The New Cross showing is on Wednesday 21st Feburary, 7:30 pm (for food), film at 8.

5 comments:

kate said...

i didnt know there was a cinema on new cross road, a gay sauna yes but cinema.

Anonymous said...

It's not actually a cinema, but a nice vege cafe where they have film nights.

kate said...

cool

pilgrim said...

The title music isn't just Beefheart: its the Don singing, with Ry Cooder playing distressed guitar, and production by Jack Nitzsche. And Jim Keltner on drums, IIRC.

Great film, too. I might toddle along, if I manage to organise myself...

iain said...

What a great film, what a lovely vegetable polenta I had.
Thanks for the recommendation.