Hard Times And The 'Charles Bronson Exhibit' At Schlafly Bottleworks April 1st

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Hard Times And The 'Charles Bronson Exhibit' At Schlafly Bottleworks April 1st
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HARD TIMES screens at Schlafly Bottleworks ( (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143) 8pm Wednesday, April 1st as part of Webster University’s ‘Strange Brew’ Film Series. The 'Charles Bronson Exhibit', a collection of movie paper, figures, models kits, toys, and other odd memorabilia will be on display there at Schlafly. Don't miss this!

Director Walter Hill’s HARD TIMES (1975) perfectly exploits Charles Bronson’s granite presence and is a concise, almost mythical celebration of men who only communicate with their fists. Bronson plays Chaney, a hardened loner who hops off a boxcar in depression-era New Orleans where he tries to score some quick cash the only way he knows how - with his fists. He teams up with Speed (James Coburn), who acts as his manager and sets up fights, which are all-out and bare-knuckle, held in warehouses and alleys and open by invitation to men with cash to wager. Seemingly authentic rather over-choreographed, the fight scenes in HARD TIMES are expertly staged and framed by Hill, especially the film's centerpiece; an underground match in a steel-mesh cage between Bronson and a grinning goon named ‘Skinhead’ played by Robert ‘Mr. Clean’ Tessier. Bronson’s Chaney is a man of few words and no past and it’s perhaps the actor’s most fitting role. Acclaimed in 1975, HARD TIMES is the perfect Charles Bronson movie for people who claim not to like Charles Bronson movies and even critics who had previously overlooked Bronson’s abilities were impressed.

Webster University Film Series proudly presents a rare screening of HARD TIMES April 1st at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143). The movie starts at 8pm and admission is $5. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed beer.
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