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Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Edmond

April 24, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stuart Gordon
USA | 2005 | 35mm | 82 min.
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: William H. Macy, Rebecca Pidgeon, Joe Mantegna
Director Gordon’s adaptation of David Mamet’s one-act play follows everyman Edmond Burke (Macy) as he visits a tarot reader who tells him “You are not where you belong.” Walking out on his job and his family, Edmond immerses himself in a big city underworld of violence and prostitution, believing he’s found the answer to the most existential of questions. “This is a small film with a big payback, like a series of tableaux that illustrate how a mild mannered Mr Everyman can become viciously untamed” (Derek Malcolm, London Evening Standard).
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.


April 24, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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