The Final Cut: A Millennial Film Festival

April 25 & 26, 1998

Somerville Theatre (Davis Square, Somerville, MA)
Center of Davis Square at the Davis Square Stop on the Red line MBTA

Come see some great flicks with millennial (messianic, utopian & apocalyptic) themes. Afterward, we will have an informal talk/discussion (led by scholars, filmmakers, and political analysts) on the movie and its greater historical and contemporary context.

Saturday, April 25, 1998

11:30 am Citizens (1 hr.)
A moving exploration of the fundamental values of the Polish Solidarity movement through a combination of interviews with Solidarity activists, use of photographs from the Solidarity period, and archival film strips, filmmaker Richard Adams shows that the values of Solidarity are one's that challenge citizens everywhere. This film is being generously supplied by the Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy and will be free and open to the public.

1:00 pm Tiannamen Square: The Gate of Heavenly Peace (3 hrs.)


4:30 pm Khartoum (2 hrs)
Some well-directed battle scenes and Laurence Olivier's splendid performance are two of the best features in this better-than-most spectacle film. Historical fact and Hollywood fiction are combined to tell the tale of confrontation in 1883 between British General Charles Gordon and a militant Arab leader called the Mahdi, who led a bloody jihad across Muslim Africa. Academy Award Nominated 1967 Best Original Screenplay starring Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier.

7:00 pm Discussion (1 hr.)

8:00 pm Brazil
Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam displays a more sinister humor in this bureaucracy-run-amok circus. Red tape, pneumatic chutes, and incredible shrinking offices entangle office grunt (a pre-Evita, pre-Carrington, pre-Infiniti commercials Jonathan Pryce) in an Orwellian web that threatens to strangle his dreams and ideals. The sumptuously detailed production design (a Gilliam hallmark, later seen in The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys) is simultaneously awesome and frightening; this is one to catch at the local revival theater--it loses much on the small screen.

10:15 pm The Rapture
This acclaimed film written and directed by Michael Tolkin stars Mimi Rogers as a bored, beautiful telephone operator who seeks excitement in orgiastic sex with strangers. Later, tormented by feelings of emptiness, she attempts suicide. Comforted by members of a cult-like religion who are preparing for the second coming of Christ ("The Rapture") she undergoes a religious conversion that is hallucinatory, frightening and ultimately tragic. Also stars a young David Duchovny (The X-Files).


Sunday, April 26, 1998

11:30 The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God
The Shakers are known for the simple beauty of their furniture and their practice of celibacy. But from a spiritual perspective, with beliefs that carried over into every part of their daily routine, the sect had a significant impact on American culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. This beautiful and sensitively photographed film explores the history, philosophy and daily life of the utopian sect which Thomas Jefferson described as "destined eventually to overthrown all other religions." Includes interviews with two of the last six surviving eldresses of the Shaker religion. Produced by Oscar Award nominees Ken Burns and Amy Stechler Burns. This film is being generously supplied by the Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy and will be free and open to the public.

1:00 pm Woodstock (3 hrs.)
The experience of an incredible cultural event that was a unique celebration of the longing for peace, love and music which culminated the "Age of Aquarius." Director Michael Wadleigh captures the amazing events and pulsating music in an overwhelming display of faultless cinematic techniques. A 1970 Academy Award winner.

4:30 pm Waco: The Rules of Engagement (2 hrs. 15 min.)
An explosive new documentary film providing the first complete picuture of the tragic series of events outside Waco, Texas during 1993 that resulted in the deaths of four federal agents and 86 men, women and children of the Branch Davidian religious sect. Winner of IDA Feature Award, 1997.

7:00 pm Discussion

8:00 pm Strange Days
It's the eve of the millennium in Los Angeles, December 31, 1999. Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) is an ex-cop turned street hustler who preys on human nature by dealing the drug of the future. It's an environment that will lead him deep into the danger zone when he falls into a maze filled with intrigue and betrayal, murder and conspiracy. Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis co-star in this provocative, action-packed thriller. Produced by James Cameron (Titanic).

10:15 pm Repo Man (1 hr. 30 min)
Meet Otto....a clean cut kid in a dirty business. He's a car repo man madly persued by ruthless government agents, UFO cultists and the infamous Rodriguez Brothers in Alex Cox's explosive, outragous and surreal satire of the seedy world of auto reposession. Starring Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez.


Cost of each movie is $5.00 with discounts given to all day attendees and members of the CMS.

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