Once again, the Cinématek at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is presenting another wonderful event -- this coming Wednesday, August 4th, they will be screening a new print of The Shooting, followed by a Q&A with director Monte Hellman.
Hellman is one of American cinema's unsung masters, and his two best films (The Shooting and Two-Lane Blacktop) are existential takes on two of the cinema's most popular genres -- the western and the road film. Both are near-masterpieces, but unfortunately not spoken of (or screened) nearly enough. The Shooting, which stars Jack Nicholson, Warren Oats, and Millie Perkins, finds several characters wandering through the desert, each chasing after the same man, but for different reasons. Described as falling somewhere between Anthony Mann and Sam Peckinpah, Hellman has fashioned a classic western tale that is a metaphor for the brief fame that Lee Harvey Oswald experienced. (There are even echoes of the Zapruder film.) If Hellman's commentary on the Two-Lane Blacktop DVD is any indicator, hearing him in person should prove to be an enlightening experience. Filmbrain will certainly not miss this one.
Wednesday, August 4th at 7:00 PM. Q&A moderated by Kent Jones (Film Comment)