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<< January 4 - 6, 2008
Tribute to John Sayles
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John Sayles interview on air on KPCC at 11
AM on Friday, January 4.
From his beginnings as a novelist and versatile screenwriter
for-hire to his development into one of the leading voices in American film, John
Sayles has demonstrated a consistently high level of affection for his characters as
well as increasingly penetrating insights into contemporary life. Sayles rich
perspective on communities and their function has been applied to characters in urban New
Jersey, remote Alaska, and even a small Irish fishing village, among many others. Capable
of writing blue collar laborers and billionaire moguls and everyone in between, Sayles
presents a vision of America more varied in subject matter and tone than any other working
filmmaker. Join us at the Aero for an in-person appearance by Mr. Sayles and a
selection of some of his best films, including his newest, HONEYDRIPPER, the touching
BABY, ITS YOU and the powerful CITY OF HOPE.
Friday, January 4 7:30 PM
HONEYDRIPPER, 2007, Emerging
Pictures, 123 min. Iconoclastic filmmaker John Sayles, in his sixteenth feature
film (just released on December 28), continues his extraordinary examination of the
complexities and shifting identities of American sub-cultures. With his usual understated
intelligence, Sayles uses the rhythms of the citizens of Harmony, Alabama to immerse the
audience into the world of the Jim Crow south. Its a fable about the birth of rock
n rolla quintessentially American subject, but with a fidelity to time and
temperament that is unusual in an American director. Its 1950 and its a make
or break weekend for Tyrone Purvis (Danny Glover), the proprietor of the
Honeydripper Lounge. Deep in debt, Tyrone is desperate to bring back the crowds that used
to come to his place. He decides to lay off his long-time blues singer Bertha Mae, and
announces that hes hired a famous guitar player, Guitar Sam, for a one night only
gig in order to save the club. Into town drifts Sonny Blake, a young man with nothing to
his name but big dreams and the guitar case in his hand. Rejected by Tyrone when he
applies to play at the Honeydripper, he is intercepted by the corrupt local Sheriff,
arrested for vagrancy and rented out as an unpaid cotton picker to the highest bidder. But
when Tyrone's ace-in-the-hole fails to materialize at the train station, his desperation
leads him back to Sonny and the strange, wire-dangling object in his guitar case. The
Honeydripper lounge is all set to play its part in rock n' roll history. Discussion following with director John Sayles.
Saturday, January 5 7:30 PM
CITY OF HOPE, 1991, Sony Repertory,
129 min. Director John Sayles demonstrates both his talent for characterization and
his insightful approach to social issues with this ambitious ensemble piece. Vincent
Spano plays the son of a contractor involved in a bitter property dispute that
threatens to tear apart the New Jersey city where he lives, while Joe Morton plays
an idealistic city councilman struggling to build a constituency. Their stories extend
into the lives of dozens of supporting characters across race and class lines, all of whom
are fully developed and painfully real. A thoughtful and moving portrait of early 1990s
American life that is unfortunately even more relevant today in its vision of urban
corruption and political maneuvering.
BABY IT'S YOU, 1983, Paramount,
105 min. Dir. John Sayles. In 1960s New Jersey, Jill (Rosanna Arquette)
is a high schooler who loves her greaser boyfriend "Sheik" (Vincent Spano),
until she gets to college and suddenly discovers that the world offers her a lot more
options. With heartbreaking honesty and genuine affection for his characters, as well as
the help of two pitch-perfect lead performances, Sayles perfectly captures the transition
into adulthood. An added bonus: for once the selection of classic pop songs on the
soundtrack actually makes dramatic points rather than simply wallowing in nostalgia. Discussion in between films with director John Sayles and Vincent Span
(CITY OF HOPE).
Sunday, January 6 7:30 PM
LONE STAR, 1996, Sony Pictures Classics,
135 min. Chris Cooper plays an easygoing Texas sheriff who discovers unpleasant
truths about his town and his own past in this intricately plotted murder mystery.
Displaying his usual talent for ensemble characterization, director John Sayles
follows nearly a dozen major players (Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand and Matthew
McConaughey are among the film's many talented actors) as their stories intersect and
raise questions about political corruption, multiculturalism, and other contemporary
BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET,
1984, IFC, 106 min. A black man from outer space crash lands in New York and ends up in
Harlem, where he listens intently but is incapable of speaking to the citizens. Joe
Morton is delightful as the alien in a performance that recalls the best work of the
silent era, and director John Sayles uses his predicament to explore the immigrant
experience in an affectionate, funny manner.