Chauvel Tuesdays – Cult Cinema
Chauvel Tuesdays brings you the best in cult cinema, every second Tuesday at 7:00pm from October 23. Contained within curated seasons, Chauvel Tuesdays presents a season of Westerns.
Tickets are a steal at only $10.00 for standard admission, and $8.00 for our Palace Movie Club members.
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Dates, Locations & Tickets
Deadman (1995) (R18+)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966) (MA15+)
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007) (MA15+)
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973) (MA15+)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) (MA15+)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) (R18+)
To kick off the season, we’re bringing you Jim Jarmusch’s quiet masterpiece Dead Man (1995) on Oct 23 – a film that’s part revisionist Western, part social commentary, and part hallucinatory dream; punctuated by Neil Young’s haunting soundtrack.
Then we ramp things up with one of the most influential Westerns of all time, Sergio Leone’s masterful The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966) on Oct 30. Amid the endless homages and adoration heaped onto this spaghetti western epic, it’s easy to forget just how damn good the film is. Worth it for the Morricone symphonies alone.
Jumping forward several decades, we have Australian director Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) on Nov 6. A hypnotic and somewhat gothic Western that examines the lore of celebrity and tragedy of fame. It also features some of Roger Deakin’s finest cinematography, which you don’t want to miss in 35mm film, and a beautiful score that solidified Nick Cave & Warren Ellis as composers extraordinaire.
While this director has certainly tackled the genre many times successfully, we believe Sam Peckinpah’s last Western, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973), to be among his best and plays Nov 13. This friend-turned-foe tragedy has an existential quality, heightened by Bob Dylan‘s musical interludes, which places it high up in the league of greats.
On Nov 20, Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) presents an anti-western of sorts. There’s no gun-slinging heroes here, just men and women at the mercy of big business and Capitalism’s ruling of America. It also features one of the great modern pairings of film and soundtrack, composed by the legendary Leonard Cohen.
What would a Western season be without at least two Leone classics? On Nov 27, we conclude our season by bringing you the crème de la crème of the genre, Once Upon A Time In The West (1968). Featuring a classic Morricone score, this revenge story kicks off with one of the greatest opening sequences ever made, then becomes an epic contemplation of the Western past.