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The Dryden will screen Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, U.S. 1998, 169 min., 35mm) as part of the War, Myth, Desire series.
A U.S. Army captain (Tom Hanks) leads a mission to rescue a GI trapped behind enemy lines in France on D-Day after all three of the soldier's brothers are killed in action. As the search commences, the close-knit squad sets out through areas still thick with Nazis. This revolutionary picture raised a bar in depicting savagery of war and established itself as a modern classic within days after its release in July 1998, with critics praising it as "searing, heartbreaking, so intense it turns your body into a single tube of clenched muscle, this is simply the greatest war movie ever made, and one of the great American movies" (Washington Post), a "soberly magnificent . . . ultimate devastating letter home" (New York Times) and "a harrowing World War II epic about the struggle to uphold decency in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, the visual masterwork finds Spielberg atop his craft, weaving heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotion—often during the same sequence—that will leave viewers silently shaken" (The Hollywood Reporter).
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Shreveport, Louisiana's Seratones make a strong case that this little-known corner of the state is fertile ground, musically speaking. The city sits at a nexus roughly equidistant from Memphis soul, Mississippi Delta blues, and New Orleans jazz, with Texas swing located just over the nearby state border. The band's sound draws from those touch points and more, ranging from Black Sabbath to Kind of Blue. On their debut album, Get Gone, A.J. Haynes's powerful singing voice, first honed at Brownsville Baptist Church at age 6, rings across every track. Adam Davis's bass and Jesse Gabriel's playing propel every song with the grit, energy, and rawness of punk, the feeling of soul, and occasionally, a little jazz swing, while Connor Davis offers a clinic in guitar riffs, from swaggering blues to searing interstellar leads. In 2013, Seratones won the Louisiana Music Prize.
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Sponsored by the New York Chapter of the Puerto Rican Independence Party, it will be a continuation of our January meeting at the Flying Squirrel. This meeting will discuss:
- The history of American colonization and abuse of the Puerto Rican Islands.
- The history of the Puerto Rican independence movement.
- The current realities of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
- The U.S. imposed Fiscal Control Board and its elimination of protections for the working class, and its cuts to the University of Puerto Rico, K-12 Education, Health Care, Pensions, Etc.
- Disaster Capitalism.
- What an independent Puerto Rico would look like.
[source: Flying Squirrel website, 2018-Jul-9]Find out more »
The Dryden will screen They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, U.S. 1948, 95 min., 35mm) as part of the War, Myth, Desire series.
Nicholas Ray's raw story of lovers on the run involves three jailbreakers named Bowie, Chickamaw, and T-Dub finding safe haven in their hometown. Bowie (Farley Granger) finds himself falling for Chickamaw's niece Keechie, who nurses him back to health. After a planned robbery, all Bowie wants is to clear his name from the murder rap he took back in Oklahoma at the age of sixteen. All Keechie wants is Bowie. The robbery goes wrong and the two run from both their friends and the law, hoping to spend one day in the sun as a normal couple. The great French filmmaker François Truffaut adored They Live by Night, calling it "the most Bressonian of American films" and its director "the poet of nightfall."
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