Fellow Film Club Members and Movie Buffs:
Yes, old September has crept into our lives, hot and sweet, as the summer fades and autumn waits in the wings. Join us this Friday, September 7, 2012 for our first film this month, THE KILLING FIELDS (1984), an acclaimed film from an acclaimed novel.
We launch into our Club theme this month:
“It is chaos that reigns as governments collapse”.
It was directed by Roland Joffe, who has given us 23 films since 1973, and THE KILLING FIELDS was his premiere feature movie; his first decade as director was in the British television series work, like CORONATION STREET. In the 70’s, his politics were so left-wing liberal MI-5 kept an eye on him. Some of his other films include THE MISSION (1986), FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY (1989), and THE SCARLET LETTER (1995).
Roland Joffe said, “I cannot rate my films–every movie is a chance to do something different and interesting.”
Sydney Schanberg was the reporter for the NY Times writing about the Khmer Rouge, and Dith Pran was the Cambodian journalist and interpreter. This true story was adapted for the screen by Bruce Robinson, the flamboyant writer, actor, director, and novelist. Some of his other achievements include WITHNAIL AND I (1987), FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY (1989), JENNIFER 8 (1992), and THE RUM DIARY (2011).
The cinematography for this film was done by Chris Menges, who won an Oscar for this film, and has lensed 58 films since 1963; including GUMSHOE (1971), LOCAL HERO (1983), THE MISSION (1986), MICHAEL COLLINS (1996), and NOTES ON A SCANDAL (2006).
The musical score for the movie was written by Mike Oldfield, who also wrote scores for THE EXORCIST III (1990), and WICKER PARK (1999).
THE KILLING FIELDS (1984)
Directed by Roland Joffe @ 141 minutes.
The films stars Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands, Craig T. Nelson, and Spalding Gray.
Synopsis: He was a reporter for the NY Times who had won a Pulitzer Prize for his international reporting on the war in Cambodia–but the friend who made it possible was a half a world away and his life was now in danger.
Tagline: Every so often, there is a film that is destined to be talked about and remembered for years to come.
This film won three Oscars: Best Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing–and it was nominated for four more.
Richard Schickel wrote for TIME magazine: This is the clearest film statement yet on how the nature of heroism has changed in this totalitarian century.”
Roger Ebert wrote: The best moments are the human ones, the conversations, the exchanges of trust, the waiting around, the sudden fear, the quick bursts of violence, the desperation.
Old friend John Hartl wrote for the SEATTLE TIMES: Joffe and Menges create all this with a realism that hasn’t been so politically convincing in a non-documentary context since BATTLE OF ALGIERS.
Sean Axmaker wrote: Joffe shoots the drama with an unforced realism lent a terrible grave by Menges’ images and smooth unobtrusive long takes.
So mark your calendars for this Friday, September 7, 2012 and join the TFC for our screening of THE KILLING FIELDS (1984). It will be at 924 Broadway, in the historic Pythian Temple, at street level, across from the Theater in the Square in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Look for our large Club banner hanging over the door. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Come early and join in the fellowship and food. Those who wish to do so may bring snacks and beverages, including wine, to be shared. We do rent this space, so our Donation Box is on the snacks table. After some announcements and movie hosting the film will screen at 7:15 p.m. It runs long at 141 minutes, so it will be done around 9:45 p.m. See you at the movies!