Series/Festivals

Week of June 12, 2002

Trembling Before G-d. Sandi Simcha DuBowski. Plays at 8 p.m. June 13 (see Opening.) (DE)

Reel Late Midnight Movie Series. The Tivoli Theatre presents a summer series of classic and destined to be classic films. This week features Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. One of the few unanimously acclaimed classics of Japanese animation, the 1988 feature by Otomo has been given an all-new translation, a digital sound and picture restoration and a new dub. The story revolves around teenage bikers Kaneda and Tetsuo in a Blade Runner-esque future Tokyo. When Tetsuo is captured by the government, he is subjected to experiments that accelerate his evolution to near godlike levels. Though clearly influenced by previous sci-fi films, Akira carves out its own territory, and has in turn influenced countless others: James Cameron's Dark Angel, for one, borrows heavily. The animation is obviously not state-of-the-art, but it doesn't creak either. The remixed soundtrack rocks, however, especially in its judicious use of utter silence (Akira has perhaps the best sound-absences since 2001). It's a great film, and chances are you've never seen it on a big screen, so now is the time. Also playing this weekend as part of the series is Terry Gilliam's Brazil. Both play at midnight June 14-15 at the Tivoli. (LYT)

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