deSlang presents | Blue Rascal Cinema | LONELY ARE THE BRAVE

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1962)

Directed David Miller
107 minutes
In English

One of best kept secrets in the history of American cinema, this incredible film is almost totally unknown and was never properly shown. Since the main character of this film is a cowboy, you might assume this movie is a Western. But actually it’s not…. instead it’s a movie about the modern world. The main character is a wandering cowboy (Kirk Douglas) who has lived his entire life on the open range, but now he is a dying breed. The times are changing, and that open landscape is rapidly disappearing. It’s being filled in by highways, gas stations, technology, stores, police surveillance, new sprawling suburbs and even prisons. All the land, which he use to be able to travel on freely, is now either owned or forbidden for him to enter. The scenes of him on his horse trying to cross the highways full of speeding cars are both amazing and heartbreaking. At times the film even feels surreal… almost like science fiction.

When times change, those who refuse to budge have to be hunted down and eliminated by the new order. Through a chain of escalating events cowboy John Burns finds himself in a cat-and-mouse chase with the cops, along a mountain range outside Albuquerque. The cinematography is astounding in a classical way, the musical score by Jerry Goldsmith (Alien) is sweeping. It’s a vast film with a huge message. Starring Kirk Douglas (the father of Michael Douglas) and Gena Rowlands (in her second film) along with a then unknown actor Walter Matthau. The story is an adaptation of an Edward Abbey novel, and not surprisingly… the magnificent script was penned by the blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo (Johnny got his Gun, Roman Holiday, Papillion).

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Writer Dalton Trumbo once said “I begin to realize why people believe that Hollywood corrupts writers. But they’re quite wrong. All Hollywood does is give them enough money so they can get married and have kids like normal people. But it’s the getting married and having kids that really corrupts them.” That comment reveals the core of this film… it’s a movie about the domestication and taming of our existence. And like I said, this will be an extremely rare screening, putting this unknown gem in the spotlight again….

This will be a beautiful high-definition projection.

BLUE RASCAL CINEMA @ De Slang
Spuistraat 199
(not the small door to the houses upstairs but the large garage door to the left)
Doors open at 20.30, film starts at 21:00
Entrance: Free

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