Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque at Library, 3/8

Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque at Library, 3/8

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DISCREET CHARM poster Cinematheque, the highly successful collaboration between the Telluride Film Festival and the Wilkinson Public Library, continues its “All About Food” series Monday, March 8. The pre-SHOW reception starts at 5:30 p.m. Curtain up at 6 p.m.

Created by Telluride Film Festival co-director Gary Meyer, “All About Food” began February with the Academy Award-winning “Babette’s Feast.” Lucky patrons stayed after the screening to enjoy the first ever “Wilkinson Feast,” a fine dining experience prepared by Chef Bud and served inside the library walls. 

“All About Food” continues with a double feature, beginning with Surrealist Luis Bunuel’s Oscar-winning (Best Foreign Film) “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” (1972,102 minutes). “Discreet Charm” is an episodic spanking of the wealthy French middle-class as it examines the relationship between class and debauchery. In this biting satire, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both real and imagined. The complex structure amounts to a puzzle box of a movie built from stories within stories, dreams within dreams. At several points, the director cuts to one of his dyspeptic gentlemen waking from sleep, horrified by what he –  and by extension, we – just saw. The dreams often go several scenes back, where we find another chap waking up in bed. The second dreamer was actually imagining the first dreamer and his disturbing vision – and so on.

“La Grand Bouffe,” (1973, 130 minutes) follows an intermission with appetizers. Directed by Marco Ferreri and nominated for the Golden Globe at Cannes, this controversial film follows four successful ,but world-weary middle-aged men who go to a luxurious villa in the countryside where they vow to over-indulge themselves to death in a final orgiastic weekend of gourmet food, call girls and a lusty schoolteacher.

The New York Times described “La Grand Bouffe” as “vulgar vaudeville on an epic scale…a mordant, chilling, hilarious dirty movie.”

The SHOW will be hosted by popular TFF Ringmaster, director, producer and film professor David Oyster.

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