Rebel Without Applause: The Films of Alex Cox

9/28/12 to 10/7/12

Alex Cox's films are typified by their unrelenting rebellion and anarchic punk aesthetic, from his first radioactive rollick, Repo Man (1984), to 2010's Straight to Hell Returns, featuring Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, and The Pogues. As part of our ongoing series Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation, renowned critic J. Hoberman will join Cox for a discussion following the screening of Cox's Acid Western, Walker.

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  • Searchers 2.0

    • Sunday, October 7 4 pm

    Alex Cox (U.S., 2007). Ed Pansullo in person. Two men in a lengthy odyssey to exact revenge for past wrongdoings-not John Ford's anguished oater The Searchers, but Alex Cox's road movie redux, which follows two former actors on a trail of vengeance. A road romp filled with film references, sly homages, buddy banter, and a love of the panoramic. (96 mins)

  • Walker

    • Saturday, October 6 6 pm

    Alex Cox (U.S., 1987). Alex Cox and J. Hoberman in conversation. A broadside at the ship of state and Reagan-era imperialism in Latin America, Walker follows the bloody campaign of an American mercenary (Ed Harris) to conquer and rule over Nicaragua in 1855. (94 mins)

  • Death and the Compass

    • Friday, October 5 9 pm

    Alex Cox (U.S./Mexico, 1996). Alex Cox in person. Cox's ongoing fascination with Jorge Luis Borges is seen in this feature adaptation of a Borges tale. Here, we are engaged by the dogged Peter Boyle as Erik Lönnrot, a philosophical detective who uncovers a series of murders that might be the outcome of an occult conspiracy. With Pedro Armendáriz Jr and Christopher Eccleston. (86 mins)

  • Highway Patrolman

    • Thursday, October 4 7 pm

    Alex Cox (U.S./Mexico, 1991). Alex Cox in person. A Mexican highway patrolman learns the seedier side of the job in this straight-from-the-hip study of a young man who yearns for the noble when everything around him is grubby and corrupt. (104 mins)

  • Straight to Hell Returns

    • Friday, September 28 7 pm

    Alex Cox (U.K./U.S., 1987/2010). Rude boys gone Western: several bandits, tricksters, and desperadoes-including Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, The Pogues, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, and Jim Jarmusch-are adrift in a deserted desert town, in Cox's delirious remix of spaghetti westerns and Sam Peckinpah. (91 mins)

  • Repo Man

    • Friday, September 28 8:50 pm

    Alex Cox (U.S., 1984). A very youthful Emilio Estevez is a young repo man taken under the wing of grizzled Harry Dean Stanton in Cox's first feature and cult favorite, one of the defining films of the 1980s American indie scene. (92 mins)