On July 17th, beginning at 6:00 pm in the second floor meeting room, Greenwich Library Cult Films will present Quadrophenia. This 1979 British film, based on the Who's classic 1973 rock opera (the band also produced the movie) and directed by Franc Roddham (The Lords of Discipline; The Bride), is a powerful portrait of teenage angst.
Here's a trailer for the film:
Set in mid-sixties England, Quadrophenia focuses on Jimmy (Phil Daniels), a teenaged Mod still living with his parents and working a dead end job. Like the protagonist of 1960's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and other classic British working class films of the late 50s/early 60s, Jimmy works off his frustration by joining other Mods (including Ace, played by Sting!) in doing drugs, partying, listening to the Who, and getting into rumbles with the rival Rockers gang.
But after a confrontation with the Rockers in Brighton, things start going way out of control for Jimmy. Unable to cope, Jimmy ultimately commits a drastic act that will impact his life forever....
The title was devised by Who guitarist & main songwriter Pete Townshend, who combined the various different personalities of himself and the other band members to form the character of Jimmy. Jimmy fancies himself as a tough guy (like Who lead singer Roger Daltrey), a romantic (bassist John Entwistle), a "bloody lunatic" (legendary manic drummer Keith Moon), and a "beggar/hypocrite" (Townshend). With all those personality traits, it's not hard to see Jimmy's dilemma in dealing with life around him.
The film features tracks from the Who's original album (played in the background rather effectively; especially with the "5:15" sequence), terrific supporting performances by a mostly unknown cast, and runs about 2 hours. Hence the early starting time on Thursday night. Oh, and it's rated R for violence, language and some (male and female) nudity. But don't let that stop you from enjoying this very timeless look at the pains and joys of life from a teen age perspective.
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