DONATE NOW TO HELP UPGRADE LIBCOM.ORG

Film night Weds 21 Feb New Cross

8 posts / 0 new
Last post
Jason Cortez
Offline
Joined: 14-11-04
Feb 8 2007 17:41
Film night Weds 21 Feb New Cross

Class Acts presents BLUE COLLAR
Directed by Paul Schrader Produced by Allan Ekelund Written by Paul Schrader and Leonard Schrader

Both a critique of union practices and an examination of life in a working-class Rust Belt enclave, Paul Schrader's directorial debut examines the trials of Detroit autoworkers living at the mercy of a heartless corporation and a corrupt union. The workers surviving from one paycheck to the next.

Checker Cab assembly linemen Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto) scrape by and take pleasure in a few rounds of beer or bowling (and occasional illicit amusements). But when their money troubles pile up, Jerry and Smokey join Zeke in a desperate plan to steal cash from their local union office. Along with the money, they unexpectedly swipe evidence of union corruption and ties to organised crime syndicates. They find themselves wrestling with what to do with this newfound knowledge amidst both a union investigation of the crime and a federal agent's attempts to coerce Jerry into informing on union corruption. Deciding to use it for blackmail, the men discover instead how powerfully malevolent the union can be in a system that counts on petty divisiveness to keep the larger power structure intact.

Inspired by stories of real-life disillusionment, Schrader and his brother/co-writer Leonard Schrader took on politically difficult issues of race and corporate labour, infusing the indictment of unions with a suggestion of forces beyond the union and the company that keep workers in their place. From the opening sequence of the assembly line to the final evocative freeze-frame, the film maintains an atmosphere of gritty realism, with the lead trio lending low-key dramatic force to a situation beyond their control

The film is notable for its language, the street-level profanity and was shot on location at the Checker plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and at numerous locales around Detroit.

Wednesday 21st February 2007 at 7.30 for food, 8.00pm for film.
Only £4 including delicious veggie food at The Café Crema
306 New Cross Rd SE14
Bus: 53, 453, 177, 225,171, 172,136, 321,
Train and Tube: New Cross or New Cross Gate, DLR Deptford Bridge (10 min walk)

Flyer here:http://www.box.net/public/e41ypi6opj

Jason Cortez
Offline
Joined: 14-11-04
Feb 9 2007 09:52

This link works

the button's picture
the button
Offline
Joined: 7-07-04
Feb 9 2007 14:20

To anyone who hasn't seen it, I really can't recommend this film highly enough.

ftony
Offline
Joined: 26-05-04
Feb 12 2007 11:13

although i can't go, it's been forwarded to the london wob list.

Jason Cortez
Offline
Joined: 14-11-04
Feb 12 2007 19:02

Ta very much.

Jason Cortez
Offline
Joined: 14-11-04
Feb 20 2007 00:32

((bump))

Lone Wolf's picture
Lone Wolf
Offline
Joined: 1-03-06
Feb 20 2007 00:42

Jason

I have already got my travelcard! cool

Looking forward to another entertaining excursion to SE. London. tongue

Jason Cortez
Offline
Joined: 14-11-04
Feb 21 2007 13:14

The Centre of the universe is indeed a very exicting place. smile