5th Avenue Cinema Presents: Christine (1983)

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5th Avenue Cinema Presents: Christine (1983) says
(1983; John Carpenter)

Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul

FORMAT: 35mm
RUNTIME: 110 minutes
WHEN: Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th @ 7:00pm and 9:30pm; Sunday, October 18th @ 3:00pm
WHERE: 5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
ADMISSION: FREE for PSU Students, Faculty, Staff & Alumni with ID; $3 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $4 General Admission


John Carpenter released his adaptation of Christine the same year the Stephen King novel was published, but despite this being a hallmark of a Hollywood cash-in or rush job, Carpenter's film is its own distinct creation. Set several years earlier in one of those easily romanticized working class American towns, Christine acts as a refutation of the notion that such a community would nurture the conservative values that we like to think are intrinsic to our nation's moral fiber. The dulled sexuality of Danny Zuko and his crooning cronies is replaced by the crass barbarism of gear head sociopaths in steel-toed boots. Richie Cunningham's "gee whiz" all-American naif has an analogue in Arnold Cunningham, a painfully unattractive nerd whose beta-male status comes with all the violent, misogynistic baggage associated with that tag. Featuring one of the most haunting scores Carpenter ever composed, along with his usual brand of casually beautiful and idiosyncratic cinematography, Christine is an under appreciated American classic that just so happens to be about a car that comes to life and murders greasers.

Watch a trailer of the film at www.5thavecinema.com/christine
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