Movie Night with David Lowery: THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Post-film discussion with David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS) and critic John Anderson — 35mm print

“Fugitive couple (Goldie Hawn, William Atherton) plus kidnapped cop (Michael Sacks) and patrol car take on police chief Ben Johnson and an ever-growing caravan of assorted cars, newsmen, sightseers and wide-boys out for a shoot-up in an across-Texas chase caper that has its protagonists overtaken by events beyond their control and comprehension. Despite the obvious similarity to the Roadrunner cartoon that appears at one point — both as a comedy and in the casually destructive violence employed — Spielberg’s first feature for the big screen also touches on many aspects of American life and cinema: the role of the media, the matriarchal society, consumer possession, the decline of the American hero, and the increasing depersonalisation of everything. A beautifully put together, assured film.” – Time Out (London)

David Lowery’s AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS opens Fri Aug 16. Our “Lone Star Cinema: Texas On Screen” series continues weekends for matinees and midnights.

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