Twenty-third chapter in "32 Days of Movies", an audiovisual tour through 366 films
(2015 update: included Vimeo embed after the jump)
'Neath the Marquee Moon
A decadent chapter for a decadent decade, but whereas disco, leisure suits, and cocaine excess dominated late seventies pop culture, these clips have a bit more class. Okay, coke features a couple times, but so do lush color (and even lusher black-and-white), artfully nightmarish imagery, and killer music. There's an otherworldly feel to today's selections, from the blue lasers of a final concert to the surreal, almost lunar landscapes of two different warzones to the Manhattan skyline twinkling like an earthbound Milky Way...indeed the (original, thank you) scene with an actual alien may be the least far-out of all. Though we only see the Moon once (or twice, if you want to be clever about it), it seems to exert a tidal pull on the zeitgeist, at least as represented here.
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Not all is luxurious and spacey, however, and one actor appears three times as if to remind us of this fact, albeit reconfirming, roundabout, the chapter's larger-than-life feel. Three times: once just to party, embodying the seventies vibe a half-century ahead of schedule; again withdrawn and moody, coming home yet left behind; and finally with battered grandeur, beaten to a pulp yet unbeaten, mocking himself and his opponent in equal measure. We begin with a fresh-faced young man, and end, after a cut from one Golgotha to another, with a bruised visage grinning triumphantly in defeat. Defeat? Smells like victory to me...