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Dr Strangelove
Rhythm rating: A+
TCA Drive-in, Friday (March 25), 7:45 p.m.
Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent content, sexual humor, and mild language.

It was one of the most adult satires ever made.

Above all, it was because its subject matter was handled so deftly that it allowed the viewer to laugh hysterically at a very real possibility, that the end of the world could be initiated by someone who was in charge of launching nuclear strikes. , was a high-ranking official and someone who was clearly crazy. I won’t name names, but the news has certainly shaken things up in recent weeks. So it’s not exactly a children’s movie.

In Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, “Dr. one year after the Cuban Missile Crisis. The film, Chelsea Reidy, Associate Director of the Taos Center for the Arts, said, “is still timely as it focuses on war and humans at a time historic, and it remains extremely relevant at this time.”

The film marks a return to TCA drive-in movie offerings. Reidy said: “The drive-in at the TCA was obviously one way we adapted to the pandemic. We would like to continue with another drive-in season even if people go back to the theater because, well, it’s fun! »

“Dr. Strangelove” – flawlessly directed by Kubrick, from a screenplay written by himself, Terry Southern and Peter George (based on his novel “Red Alert”) – follows the events that occur after Brig. General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) orders a total lockdown of the military base under his command and launches a massive B-52 nuclear bombing attack against targets within the then Soviet Union. This, of course, triggers instant meetings with diplomatic, political and military leaders to find out what happened.

He believes in a conspiracy theory that adding fluoride to the nation’s drinking water is a communist plot to deplete our “precious bodily fluids.”

At stake is the possibility that the ultimate weapon could be detonated, a secretly Russian-built Doomsday device that is so deadly that our world would cease to exist.

Then, as now, a potential war involving nuclear weapons is considered unthinkable due to the concept of “mutually assured destruction”. This is defined as a nuclear first strike, followed by retaliatory strikes, followed by a massive worldwide attack resulting in the virtual annihilation of all life on the planet. However, with war breaking out in Ukraine and a Russian president with an itchy finger, those old Cold War fears seem to have resurfaced.

Starring the great actor Peter Sellers in three distinct roles, “Dr. Strangelove” is played for laughs, albeit ironically. But the only way to really sell it is to have the actors play it directly, and they do that brilliantly.

Sellers plays U.S. President Merkin Muffley, Dr Strangelove, and Squad Captain Lionel Mandrake. Slim Pickens plays the bomber pilot, Major “King” Kong. George C. Scott plays General “Buck” Turgindson. And, Keenan Wynn plays Colonel “Bat” Guano.

Although it was shot in black and white, Kubrick’s reasoning was not financial. The format lends a certain immediacy to the production, sometimes making it feel more documentary than feature-length fiction and therefore “more real”.

Kubrick’s film wallows in gallows humor, but humor may be all we have.

The venue is a drive-in theater format located behind the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The sound of the films will be broadcast on the site’s FM radio. For tickets and additional information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

This weekend on the big screen of the TCA

Far West – The Hidden History
Documentary
Not previewed
TCA Big Screen, Saturday (March 26), 5 p.m. and Sunday (March 27) at 2 p.m.
Unclassified

Photographer Tomas van Houtryve confronts America’s collective amnesia and reveals the hidden legacy of the Wild West.

At a time when the United States has reinforced a wall that isolates it from Latin America, the photographer traces another border, the one that existed before 1848, when the American army invaded and occupied the territories of northern Mexico that the states of Texas, California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico are now called.

He meets and photographs the descendants of families who lived in these lands long before the American conquest: indigenous, black and mixed-race families who never crossed the border – the border crossed them. Foreigners in their own land, they push back the founding myths of the American frontier and bring their own unsung stories to our shared history.

The director will be present for the Saturday screening and there will be a conversation with the director, Simon Romero (a New York Times writer based in Albuquerque) and Taoseña Anita Rodriguez. The film is also bound to a book of photographs entitled “Lines and Lineage” (Radius Books). There will also be a book sale and book signing.

These screenings will be free and donations will be accepted.

Oscar Shorts at Harwood Museum

The Harwood Museum of Art is delighted to celebrate the 94th Academy Awards with screenings of the short film nominees. For three days, you can watch all the films in the Animation, Live Action and Documentary categories before the Oscars night, Sunday, March 27, airing on ABC-TV. Please pay special attention to ratings. These movies are for adults only.

Screening of the animated short nominees today (March 24), 7:30 p.m. …

• “Robin Robin” – Dan Ojari and Mikey Please, United Kingdom, 32 min.

• “Boxballet” – Anton Dyakov, Russia, 15 min.

• “Art Affairs” – Joanna Quinn and Les Mills, UK/Canada, 16 min.

• “Bestia” – Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Díaz, Chile, 15 min.

• “The Windscreen Wiper” – Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez, USA/Spain, 14 min.

Total run time: 97 minutes

Score equivalent to R. No children should be admitted under any circumstances. Short films in the Animation category explore a range of adult topics through a diverse range of animation styles. The artist narrator in “Affaires de l’art” investigates his strange sister’s fascination with insects, taxidermy and death. Chile’s “Bestia” is a stark portrayal of Pinochet’s top policewoman and her unsettling life. In the “Windshield Wiper”, a café customer contemplates the many facets of love in the contemporary world. The evening will also include “Box Ballet” and “Robin, Robin”, two inventive films that promise to surprise and engage audiences – Harwood Museum.

Short Film Nominees Screening Live Friday (March 25), 7:30 p.m. …

• “On My Mind” – Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson, Denmark, 18 min.

• “Please Hold” – KD Dávila and Levin Menekse, United States, 19 min.

• “The Dress” – Tadeusz Łysiak and Maciej Ślesicki, Poland, 30 min.

• “The Long Goodbye” – Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed, UK/Netherlands, 12 min.

• “Ala Kachuu – Take and run” – Maria Brendle and Nadine Lüchinger, Kyrgyzstan/Switzerland, 38 min.

Total run time: 121 minutes

Rating equivalent to R for adult themes, violence and language. The Live Action category presents provocative films that explore different facets of our human nature. Denmark’s “On My Mind” explores the intricacies of a waitress’ compassion for a customer and the hostility of her financially conscious boss. A professional is stopped by a drone in the witty sci-fi short “Please Hold.” The Swiss film “Ala Kachuu – Take and Run” depicts the oppression of forced marriages in Kyrgyzstan through the eyes of a nineteen-year-old. Wedding preparations turn into a fascist attack in “The Long Good Bye.” And finally, “The Dress” tells the story of an inexperienced motel employee whose sense of self is compromised by a dashing truck driver. This evening promises to evoke a range of emotions and ideas – Harwood Museum.

Screening of the Short Documentary Nominees Saturday (March 26), 2 p.m. …

• “Audible” – Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean, United States, 39 min.

• “When We Were Bullies” – Jay Rosenblatt, USA/Germany, 36 min.

• “Three songs for Benazir” – Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei, Afghanistan, 22 min.

• “Take Me Home” – Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk, USA, 39 min.

• “The Queen of Basketball” – Ben Proudfoot, USA, 22 min.

Total duration: 160 minutes + 15 minute intermission

Rating equivalent to PG-13 or R for adult themes and topics. The short films presented in the Documentary category reflect a range of subjects and perspectives. “Audible” describes the journey of a deaf high school football team. “Lead Me Home” takes an in-depth look at the housing crisis in three American cities. The afternoon will also include short films chronicling the life of an Afghan refugee, an up-and-coming basketball player and a director who faced a bullying incident as a child. Join us for this exciting preview of the 2022 Oscars.

Masks are always required at all Harwood events. Please note that this event requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. More than harwoodmuseum.org/visit/covid-safe/

Starting Friday at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas

The lost city
Not previewed, synopsis from online sources
Mitchell Storyteller Cinema 7 cinemas
Rated PG-13 for violence and some gory imagery, suggestive material, partial nudity, and language.

This comedy-action film directed by Aaron Nee and Adam Nee stars Sandra Bullock as reclusive romance novelist Loretta Sage who, while on a jungle tour to publicize her latest book, is drawn into an attempted kidnapping with his handsome but dumb cover model, Alan Caprison, played by handsome Channing Tatum.

Loretta is portrayed as a dissatisfied middle-aged author whose books often center on a fictional hero named Dash. But, no such person really exists except on the bodice-ripper covers of her novels.

On her final publicity tour, she and Alan are kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), an eccentric billionaire who believes the Lost City in Loretta’s new book is real and knows where it is. Alan, despite having no survival skills, goes to her rescue. Brad Pitt makes an appearance as Jack Trainer, a Navy Seat-turned-CIA agent sent to save her and Alan.

No doubt this film will remind you of “Romancing the Stone” (1984).

This film is screening at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Cinemas, 110 Old Talpa Cañon Road in Taos. For tickets, schedules and additional information, visit storyteller7.com or call (575) 751-4245.

Alfonso E. Cramer