deSlang presents | BLUE RASCAL CINEMA | WITHNAIL AND I | WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10

Also available in: Engels

WITHNAIL AND I  (1986)
Directed by Bruce Robinson
107 minutes
In English with English subtitles

I think that this must be by far the greatest cult film to ever come out of England. Just ask anyone who is even slightly out of the mainstream in England about this film and they will start raving about it. It’s a film that many British watch repeatedly, seeing it 20 or 30 times, quoting lines by heart. But although it has a monumental stature there, a film that has hardly been shown anywhere else. A real secret.

The film is set in 1969 (the year that many Hippies dreams went sour) and it follows two unemployed actors… the elegantly wasted Withnail and the anxiety-ridden “I”. They are living on the edge, buried in alcohol, drugs and dirty dishes in a rancid Camden flat. Their lives are a continual struggle to keep warm, alive and sane, waiting for the pubs open….until one day when Withnail comes up with the idea to go to his uncle’s cottage in the countryside.

This film truly shows what can be done with just brilliant writing. There are no car chases, explosions, aliens or superheroes. It captures a world when you are young and all you need is a roof over your head and a beer or a whiskey to survive and be satisfied.

The film’s soundtrack brings us Procol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale, Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, and All Along the Watchtower and Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix… along with While My Guitar Gently Weeps by the late George Harrison, who provided much of the financial backing for the movie. A legendary film that many consider the greatest British film ever made, and one that will strike a chord with anyone who has undergone a period of debauchery and impoverished squalor before conforming to the so-called “normal” world.

One critic’s summery:

Writer and director Bruce Robinson’s semi-autobiographical account of his early years as an actor has become a comedy cult hit of massive proportions, inspiring countless numbers of young men and women to quote booze-soaked dialogue. The story of this melancholic comedy follows these two unemployed actors in 1969 London, as they take a holiday in the country. Trapped inside a dank, empty cabin with each other, an endless downpour of heavy rain battering their roof, the two men form a complicated bond fueled by booze, disaster, and nihilism.

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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