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Chazen Museum of Art | “Space Truckers”

March 27, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stuart Gordon
USA | 1996 | 35mm | 96 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar
Transporting goods throughout the galaxy, a trio of spaceship driving long-haulers (Hopper, Dorff, and Mazar) discover that their unknown cargo is a secretly developed new super weapon. A comic sci-fi fantasy with a pro-working class aesthetic, Space Truckers is filled with director Gordon’s signature outlandish and colorful visuals, imaginative production design, eye-popping costumes, and flamboyant props. The terrific supporting cast includes Charles Dance, George Wendt, The Road Warrior’s Vernon Wells, and Gordon regular Barbara Crampton.
At the Chazen: Stuart Gordon Retrospective, Part One
Born and raised in Chicago and educated at UW Madison, Stuart Gordon (1947-2020) turned to movie storytelling after nearly two decades of acclaimed theatrical productions that were frequently outlandish and sometimes controversial. Gordon’s cinematic oeuvre was similarly championed for a colorful visual style, themes that celebrated working class underdogs, and stories driven by flamboyant villains who are typically authority figures abusing their power. A horror and science-fiction genre specialist, Gordon also made a few movies that are not easily categorizable. This first section of our year-long Stuart Gordon retrospective highlights three fun and futuristic sci-fi action vehicles, Fortress, Robot Jox, and Space Truckers, plus Gordon’s 2004 David Mamet adaptation, Edmond. The series will continue with more screenings at the 2022 Wisconsin Film Festival, and on the Cinematheque calendar later this year. All of the 35mm prints for this series are courtesy Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research.


March 27, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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