MIRACLE MILE WITH DIRECTOR / CAST IN PERSON
The Metrograph is New York's Lower East Side presents a 35mm print plus special Director and cast appearance of the highly underrated cinematic fever dream MIRACLE MILE (1988)
MIRACE MILE (1988 / 87min / 35mm).
Jazz musician Anthony Edwards is walking on clouds, coming off of a successful first date with waitress Mare Winningham, when a voice on the other end of a ringing pay phone informs him that the U.S. has just entered into nuclear war and The End is Nigh. What follows is a frantic real-time scramble up and down Wilshire Boulevard, in hopes of making the most of what may be the last night on earth. An utterly singular independent vision from writer-director de Jarnatt, who will be on hand to discuss his romantic, doom-tinged fever dream of L.A.
Written by De Jarnatt fresh out of American Film Institute for Warner Brothers, the film was well known around Hollywood for a decade, with American Film Magazine calling it one of the ten best unmade screenplays in 1983. Warner's, of course, wanted a large scale feature and especially not in the hands of a first-time director. De Jarnatt optioned it himself, buying the script for $25,000, rewrote it and the studio offered him $400,000 to buy it back, which he refused. The oddball mix of romance, nuclear war and the film's downbeat ending scared away major studios, however Hemdale Films eventually gave De Jarnatt $3.7 million to make the film.
Steve De Jarnatt, Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham in conversation with Bilge Ebiri.
Contains program notes by Metrograph.