In 1990, the world wasn’t quite ready for a David Lynch version of The Wizard of Oz starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern. Audiences poured out of test screenings in droves, it was booed at the Cannes Film Festival – despite also winning the Palme D’Or – and it found little success at the box office. The violence would initially earn the film an X rating, requiring cuts necessary to secure an R rating and Roger Ebert would even call the movie “dishonest.” But, let’s face it, they were all clueless.
Spearheading the gun toting lovers on the run movies that would litter American multiplexes in the early 90s (True Romance, Natural Born Killers, Kalifornia, Love & a .45), Lynch’s film would be as much about Sailor (Cage) and Lula (Dern) as it would be about excess… and Oz. With an inspired and insane cast of characters played by the likes of Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, and Isabella Rossellini, it’s both the most Hollywood film Lynch has directed while also being the biggest “fuck you” to the movie industry he could possibly have made at the time. It’s violent, loud, obnoxious, terrifying, and really, really wild.
Issues of Paracinema will be available for purchase before the show as well as a limited amount of posters (shown above).
Join Justin tonight at the NYC area Alamo Drafthouse at 8PM to witness an uncut X-rated love story for the ages, shown as always, on 35mm.
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