The Bigger Picture Film Club: and now a screwball comedy

The Bigger Picture Film Club in East Dulwich presents the Coen Brothers classic Raising Arizona (1987)
starring Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson

Thursday 15 November

‘Sharp, inventive and hilarious’ – Film 4

Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed up the stylish film noir of their debut, Blood Simple (1984), with this frantic screwball comedy.

H.I. “Hi” McDonnough (Nicholas Cage) is a philosophical but slightly dim career criminal who has been arrested so often that he gets to know “Ed,” short for Edwina (Holly Hunter), the officer who takes his mug shots. Hi takes a shine to Ed and promises to go straight if she marries him. She accepts, and they move to the Arizona desert, where Hi holds down a factory job and blissfully watches the sunsets with Ed.

Their serenity is shattered when the couple decides that they want a child and discover that, as Hi puts it, “Ed’s womb was a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.” (One of the film’s many delights is Hi’s unexpectedly flowery dime-novel narration.)

Ed goes into a severe depression until she sees an item in the news. Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), owner of a chain of unpainted furniture stores, has become the father of quintuplets, and he and his wife joke that they now have more children than they know what to do with. In what seems like a perfect “helps you, helps me” situation, Hi and Ed kidnap one of the Arizona infants, figuring that they’ll have a baby and the Arizonas will have less of a burden.

94 mins. Cert 12

‘Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet.’ –  Time Out 

FREE RAFFLE PRIZE  kindly donated by Rye Books: Coen Brothers by Eddie Robson

Joel and Ethan Coen make up one of the most original and unconventional movie-making partnerships to come out of America at the end of the 20th century. The brothers’ films have attracted critical kudos and commercial success in equal measure due to their irreverent, individual and technically virtuoso nature. Each of their films defies categorisation, yet you’re never in any doubt you’re watching a Coen brothers movie.

This exploration of the movie career of Hollywood’s best-loved outsiders, charts their rise from cult favourites to box-office contenders, whilst combining indispensable reference material and critical analysis of their films. 

FILM NOTES

Details
Thursday 15 November 2012
7pm: bar with drinks and themed snacks
7.50: introduction to film
8pm: film

Tickets £7 online from WeGotTickets
Or in person from:
Push Studios, 7-19 Blackwater Street SE22
Rye Books, 45 Upland Road SE22
Locale Restaurant, 58-60 East Dulwich Road SE22
East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane SE22
or on the door.

Upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern,
1 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22

For more details and future films visit The Bigger Picture Website


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Ingrid

About Ingrid

Co-Editor and ex-Chair of the Friends Committee. I’m a teacher. I’ve worked in the education department of Dulwich Picture Gallery for 14 years, guiding, lecturing and teaching anyone from 7 years old to degree level. I have run a number of education projects (in a remand home, a prison, a local primary school) and am now the e-learning project developer. I commission articles rather than write them and am mainly in charge of the Gallery related articles.
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