In Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 tour of Swinging London, David Hemmings plays a high-fashion photographer who may have accidentally captured a murder on film. He wanders around the city, from a photo shoot with Veruschka to a park where he surreptitiously photographs two lovers. One of them is Jane (a furtive Vanessa Redgrave), who wants the film back. Once he develops it, he sees why — enlargements show a dead body in the grass. His investigation is distracted in all the best ways: by a threesome, a performance by the Yardbirds, and a druggy party scene. The film, based on a Julio Cortázar story, is warmer and funnier than the director’s Italianlanguage work, showcasing all the hallmarks of Antonioni’s visually complex style while plunging further into the realm of psychedelia. It’s a sprawling day-in-the-life that delightfully blurs the borders of realism. Screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, only. Not rated. 111 minutes. Violet Crown. (Molly Boyle)
THE DARK TOWER
Fans of Stephen King’s writing have long clamored for a film adaptation of his epic, eight-book Dark Tower series, and the first installment is finally here. The story, which takes place in a realm called the Mid-World and combines elements of fantasy, Western, and horror, focuses on Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), a member of a knightly order of gunslingers. Roland’s mission in life is to protect the Dark Tower, which serves as a gateway between worlds, from the evil Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) turns her attention to the 1967 rebellion in Detroit, which began with a police raid on an unlicensed bar and grew into five days of rioting and the presence of the National Guard. This film looks at the social causes that led to the uprising, but the dramatic narrative centers on the Algiers Motel incident in the midst of the event, in which three black men were murdered. John Boyega (Star
Wars: The Force Awakens) stars. Rated R. 143 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
The formula from 2008’s surprise hit Taken keeps turning up again and again, and this time, it’s Halle Berry as the aggrieved parent. She plays Karla, a mother whose son is kidnapped from a park. She sees the perpetrators pull away, and takes off after them in her car, initiating a relentless pursuit until she gets her son back. Rated R. 94 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
89 minutes. Rated R. Violet Crown. See review, Page 51.
Not rated. 93 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 55.
Not rated. 117 minutes. In French with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 50. MY JOURNEY THROUGH FRENCH CINEMA Not rated. 190 minutes. In French with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 53.
Not rated. 91 minutes. In French, with subtitles. Violet Crown. See Screen Gems, Page 49. THE PULITZER AT 100 The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents this documentary about the Pulitzer Prize, which celebrates its centennial this year. It tells the story of Joseph Pulitzer, the Hungarian immigrant who came to America and established the award. There are interviews with numerous people who have received the prize over the years. James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life
in Politics, Print, and Power (and Pasatiempo contributor), is featured prominently in the film and will also attend the screening to discuss it. Screens at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 only. Not rated. 91 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. (Not reviewed)
THE RIGHT STUFF
Sam Shepard. He was a prolific and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, an Oscar-nominated actor, a director, and a screenwriter. He was an American original and a Santa Fe legend. And suddenly, shockingly, he’s gone. His role as test pilot Chuck Yeager in writer-director Philip Kaufman’s great tribute to the Mercury 7 astronauts earned him a 1984 Best Supporting Actor nomination (well deserved — Shepard was afraid of flying.) Violet Crown pays homage to Shepard with a screening of this Space Age classic, a hymn to youth, courage, adventure, and unknown frontiers. Screens at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, only. Rated PG. 193 minutes. Violet Crown. (Jonathan Richards)
This 1970 movie stirred up controversy during its filming — the Department of Justice investigated its hazy desert orgy scene as a violation of the Mann Act — but was summarily panned by critics and ignored by audiences. It has since been largely confined to the dustbin of counterculture curios (see also 1971’s Two-Lane Blacktop). The second of three English-language movies by Michelangelo Antonioni, Zabriskie
Point centers on a Los Angeles college dropout named Mark (Mark Frechette) who allegedly shoots a cop during a student protest, then steals a small plane to escape. In Death Valley, he communes with a secretary named Daria (Daria Halprin) in grand psychedelic fashion until fate intervenes in their
A swinging day in London town: David Hemmings in Blow-Up, at Violet Crown