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Dark Matters: The Films of William Friedkin

Thursday, September 19, 2013
7:30 p.m. Sorcerer -- AT THE CALIFORNIA THEATER
William Friedkin (U.S., 1977)

In Conversation/William Friedkin & Michael Guillen

U.S. Premiere of Remastered Version!


THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE CALIFORNIA THEATER
2113 KITTREDGE (BETWEEN OXFORD AND SHATTUCK)

NEW START TIME 7:30 PM (Originally scheduled for 7 p.m.)


Unlike The Exorcist, Sorcerer has nothing to do with an evil outside of man. Here the evil is firmly within, in the form of feral self-preservation. When an oil field fire flares out of control, several men (with Roy Scheider in the lead) are hired to transport truckloads of nitroglycerin through a treacherous jungle. The reward is a ticket out of the squalid Latin American port where they languish, but the penalty for failure is explosive oblivion. Based on The Wages of Fear, this existential thriller strips back its antiheroes to their barest instincts, then sets them loose on a bumpy road to hell.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Walon Green, based on the novel The Wages of Fear by Georges Arnaud. Photographed by Dick Bush, John M. Stephens. With Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou. (121 mins, Color, DCP, From Paramount Pictures)