RESERVOIR DOGS: NEW 35MM PRINT AT FILM FORUM
The picture Wes Craven couldn’t take (he walked out of the infamous torture scene - probably massive praise)! Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, et al., are given color-coded pseudonyms as squealer protection (Buscemi objects to being Mr. Pink) and set up for a big jewel robbery by granite-faced Lawrence Tierney (erstwhile star of 40s B Noirs). And then, after the caper goes sour offscreen, the recriminations, torture of a captive cop, suspicions of a police mole, all erupt bloodily.
Originally intended as a b&w 16mm near-home movie, things changed when Harvey Keitel got the script after it passed through multiple hands, immediately casting himself as Mr. White and executive producer. Time shifts, non-linear narrative, pop song soundtrack acting contrapuntally, richly colorful dialogue, hair-raising violence — yes, the Tarantino touches are there from the beginning, as well as the influences — from Kubrick’s The Killing, Joseph H. Lewis’s The Big Combo, Ringo Lam’s City on Fire, Joe Sargent’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (the color-coded criminals: see July 8, 16 and 21), etc. — but then what recent film has been more influential than this? Nightmare on Elm Street director Craven walked out at the Toronto Film Festival premiere.
New York' Film Forum will present a brand new 35mm Print to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this enduring modern classic. Given celluloid is Mr Tarantino's canvas of choice, it's probably the best way to see it again, or for the first time.
Screens Friday, May 19th through Thursday, June 1st
Daily at 12:30pm , 2:30pm, 4:40pm, 7:00pm & 9:30pm (alt times on May 20, 21 & 28)
Sat May 20th screens 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 7:30pm & 9:30pm)
Sun May 21st 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Sun May 28th 2:10pm, 4:30pm, 6:40pm & 8:45pm
Program notes by Film Forum.