Delusions of Adequacy: Outcasts, Iconoclasts & Delinquents of the Silver Screen

Programmed by Tien-Tien Jong

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels." The stories we tell about those who don't fit easily into the world are also stories that tell us about ourselves. This film series tells the stories of misfits, outsiders, and delinquents who live on the margins of society (Fox and His Friends), make their mark as countercultural icons (Rebel Without a Cause), or stand against and outside the law (Shoot the Piano Player). See a range of exciting, beautiful, freaky, and absurd experiences, featuring characters you're sure to never forget. Buckle up, baby. It's us against the world.

1/8/2017 @ 7:00 PM

Rebel Without a Cause

(Nicholas Ray, 1955) · With his blazing red leather jacket and chronic air of disaffected youth, new kid Jim Stark (James Dean) moves into town, troubled past firmly in tow. This classic of American juvenile delinquency features one of the most iconic performances in film history, which made James Dean a counter-cultural idol. From a fatal game of chicken to its stunning climax at LA's Griffith Park Observatory, Rebel still resonates as a strikingly sincere portrait of teen alienation.

runtime: 111m format: 35mm


1/15/2017 @ 7:00 PM

Way Down East

(D.W. Griffith, 1920) · Anna (Lillian Gish) is a naïve country girl who is seduced by a handsome playboy in the city. After giving birth out-of-wedlock, Anna must build a precarious new life in a rural Maine community. But the secrets of her unbecoming past soon threaten to unravel her new-found happiness. Griffith blends scenes of emotional intimacy with epic action, conveying the intensity of heartbreak through nature, with a raging snowstorm and unforgettable race across ice floes. Presented with live piano accompaniment by Sun Woo Park.

runtime: 145m format: 16mm


1/22/2017 @ 7:00 PM


(Terrence Malick, 1973) · "In 1957, a lot of people were killing time. Kit and Holly were killing people." Martin Sheen (as a self-styled James Dean pretender) and Sissy Spacek play a fugitive couple who traverse the Great Plains in a spree fueled by restlessness and self-mythology. For these two misfits squinting into the sun, America, in all its immensity and wonder, only becomes increasingly hard to see. Malick's arresting debut is a mesmerizing work on vanity and death.

runtime: 95m format: DCP


1/29/2017 @ 7:00 PM

Shanghai Triad

(Zhang Yimou, 1995) · 1930s, Shanghai: Summoned by his uncle to work for a notorious drug lord, naïve country boy Shuisheng serves the boss's dazzling mistress, an unhappy cabaret performer named Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li). Two outsiders trapped in a world of dangerous men, Shuisheng and Xiao Jinbao form an unlikely alliance in Zhang Yimou's haunting parable on greed, illusions and reality, moral corruption and its corrosive reach. Awarded Best Cinematography at the Cannes Film Festival.

runtime: 109m format: 35mm


2/5/2017 @ 7:00 PM

Shoot the Piano Player

(François Truffaut, 1960) · Pop star Charles Aznavour stars as a former concert pianist who was once on top of the world, but is now content to stroke the keys in a Parisian dive bar. Or is he? What happened to Charlie, and what will it take to break his stoic, deadpan veneer? "Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs...François Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema" in his second film, an homage to the American film noir, as seen through the playful devices of the French New Wave.

runtime: 92m format: 35mm


2/12/2017 @ 7:00 PM

Fox and His Friends

(Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975) · "It stinks of high heaven, and God, dressed as Marlene Dietrich, holds his nose." When humble carnival performer Fox the Talking Head (played by R.W. himself, in a remarkably sympathetic performance) strikes it rich with a lottery ticket, new "friends" and lovers descend on him, like a pack of carnivores. This groundbreaking depiction of the gay working class in 1970s West Germany is an unsparing look at the ties that bind love, money, and exploitation together.

runtime: 123m format: 35mm


2/19/2017 @ 7:00 PM

The Mayor of Hell

(Michael Curtiz and Archie Mayo, 1933) · In this Pre-Code social potboiler, James Cagney exudes charisma as racketeer Patsy Gargan. As a reward for his loyalty to the corrupt political machine, Patsy is appointed a cushy job as deputy commissioner of a boys' reform school—but even Patsy is taken aback by the abjection he sees there. Evoking the stark hunger and cynicism of children during the Great Depression, delinquency is depicted here with a signature Warner Brothers grit. 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress.

runtime: 90m format: 35mm


2/26/2017 @ 7:00 PM

Violence at Noon

(Nagisa Ôshima, 1966) · Based on the nationwide killing spree of the "Daylight Demon," who attacked over thirty women in broad daylight in the 1950s, provocative auteur Nagisa Ôshima adapts the true crime events to the setting of a failed cooperative farm in rural Japan. Ôshima experiments with a fragmented montage style that mirrors the recollection of traumatic memories. This formal masterpiece is a disturbing study of the criminal mind and a tragic elegy to failed dreams and delusions.

runtime: 99m format: 35mm


3/5/2017 @ 7:00 PM

Multiple Maniacs

(John Waters, 1970) · Pauline Kael said it best: "Taste is the great divider." So step right up, folks, this is no cheap 5th-rate porno! Welcome to the Cavalcade of Perversions, the Sleaziest Show on Earth. John Waters's motley crew of Dreamlanders converge in his second feature, which is part merry mockery of the '60s Flower Children and part full-throttle mayhem. Lovingly restored by Janus Films to "finally look like a bad John Cassavetes movie", this subversive hit is a truly trippy ride.

runtime: 91m format: DCP


3/12/2017 @ 7:00 PM

The Talented Mr. Ripley

(Anthony Minghella, 1999) · Opportunity knocks for lowly Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) when he's taken in by the beautiful, carefree, and rich Dickie (Jude Law) and Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow). Falling for both the lifestyle and looks of Dickie, Ripley will do whatever it takes to either be with him...or else to become him. This sociopathic twist on the Gatsby tale is a captivating look into how class envy, humiliation, and materialism carve and distort the multiple tangles of personal identity.

runtime: 139m format: 35mm


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