Cult Films to Present Quadrophenia on July 17
Librarian Ed Morrissey's new monthly film series is devoted to bringing patrons classic cult movies from Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world. Ed will begin each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and its influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome.
On Thursday, July 17 at 6 p.m., Cult Films will screen Quadrophenia (1979), the terrifically perceptive youth film based on The Who's classic 1973 rock opera of the same name. This British working-class take on Rebel Without A Cause, is set in the mid 1960s and follows young Mod Jimmy (Phil Daniels) as he desperately tries to fit in with his friends but winds up losing control of his life.
The soundtrack features songs from the album plus some great 60s tunes. Watch carefully for a glimpse of the then-unknown Sting in a supporting role. This color film is 120 minutes long, and is rated R for mature themes and violence.
In the course of the series, Morrissey will cover a wide sweep of genres, comedies, crime noir, horror thrillers, musicals, spaghetti westerns, Hitchcock, Fellini and more. It's these so-called fringe or over the top movies that Greenwich Library Cult Films, through the Library's extensive catalog, intends to expose to a much wider and appreciative audience.
Patrons interested in cult films should visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/CultFilms.aspx to read some of Ed's deep dives into the world of cult films in his blog, and for a complete list of upcoming films in this new series. You can also follow user account "GreenwichCultFilms" in the Library's catalog for recommended lists and reviews of cult films from the Library's collection.
Up next: mark your calendars for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), the sixth film in the popular 007 series, and the only one starring George Lazenby, on Thursday, August 14 at 6 p.m.
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