Afterimage: J. Hoberman on Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan

December 11–12, 2019

Film critic and historian J. Hoberman presents two films and offers his insights on the intersection between politics and pop culture in Ronald Reagan’s America. 

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  • The King of Comedy

  • River’s Edge

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  • The King of Comedy

    Martin Scorsese
    United States, 1983

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Wednesday, December 11 7 PM
    Introduction and book signing by J. Hoberman

    A crazed would-be stand-up comic (Robert De Niro) becomes obsessed with a talk-show host (Jerry Lewis) in Scorsese’s prescient meditation on the American cult of celebrity. 

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  • River’s Edge

    Tim Hunter
    United States, 1986
    • Thursday, December 12 7 PM
    Introduction by J. Hoberman

    A group of teenagers discover their friend has murdered his girlfriend—and do nothing about it—in this eighties cult hit, based on a real-life crime in Milpitas and starring Crispin Glover, Dennis Hopper, and Keanu Reeves. 

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