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SHY PEOPLE in 35mm
Music Box Theatre
Chicago, IL
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SHY PEOPLE in 35mm
SHY PEOPLE
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky * 1987
Do you love "Deliverance" but find it too mannered and insufficiently attentive to mother-daughter dynamics? A lyrical cousin to John Boormans tight-lipped landmark of Southern sadism, "Shy People" is one of the most unclassifiable artifacts of 80s cinema, a grindhouse melodrama rife with contradictions. The expansive vision of bayou life exudes a bathroom-stall graffiti vibe, but its international pedigree is second-to-none: intermittently ambitious Israeli exploitation mavens Golan and Globus, fresh off their first Oscar-nominated production, "Runaway Train," sent that films Russian auteur Andrei Konchalovsky to shoot on location in Louisiana, working from a script by Roman Polanskis frequent collaborator, Frenchman GĂ©rard Brach, and topped it all off with a score from German electronica favorite Tangerine Dream. The cultural dislocation behind the camera is mirrored on screen, with Jill Clayburgh starring as a jet-setting Cosmopolitan journalist whose genealogy research sends her and daughter Martha Plimpton to a haunted swamp, with Louis Vuitton bags and The Cure paraphernalia in tow. There they meet distant relative Barbara Hershey and her unruly brood, who arent eager for a family reunion with unscrupulous city folk. Nestled among the trill of mosquitoes and speedboats and Chris Mengess astonishingly humid Scope cinematography is a surprisingly sensitive study of families and the work required to keep them above water. Hershey won a Best Actress citation at Cannes, but the cash-strapped producers dumped "Shy People" on the gator circuit for a quick buck. With slightly different handling, lamented Roger Ebert, Shy People could have been a best-picture Oscar nominee. (KW)
118 min * The Cannon Group * 35mm from Chicago Film Society Collections, permission Park Circus
Preceded by: Kudzu (Marjorie Anne Short, 1977)  16 min  16mm

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Music Box Theatre (View)
3733 N Southport
Chicago, IL 60613
United States

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Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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