Arts Calendar

Apr 23

International Film Forum: HAIL THE NEW PURITAN

From site: International Film Forum

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 pm / Weitz Cinema
IFF presents Hail the New Puritan on 4/23 at 7pm in the Weitz Cinema

Hail the New Puritan (Charles Atlas, 1986, UK, 85 min.) – introduced by Ross Elfline


“Exhuberant and witty, Hail the New Puritan is a simulated day-in-the-life ‘docufantasy’ starring the British dance celebrity Michael Clark. Atlas’ fictive portrait of the charismatic choreographer serves as a vivid invocation of the studied decadence of the 1980s post-punk London subculture. Contriving a faux cinema-verite format in which to stage his stylized fiction, Atlas seamlessly integrates Clark’s extraordinary dance performances into the docu-narrative flow. Focusing on Clark’s flamboyantly postured eroticism and the artifice of his provocative balletic performances, Atlas posits the dance as a physical manifestation of Clark’s psychology. From the surreal opening dream sequence to the final solo dance, Clark’s milieu of fashion, clubs and music signifies for Atlas ‘a time capsule of a certain period and context in London that’s now gone.’” (Electronic Arts Intermix)


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