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Choose Me (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

Propelled by a soundtrack from Philadelphia sex-funk idol Teddy Pendergrass, 1984's Choose Me is maybe the prototypical Alan Rudolph film. Highly stylized and idiosyncratic to an extreme, it’s a vehicle for an ensemble cast including Rudolph regulars Keith Carradine and Leslie Ann Warren, along with Genevieve Bujold and Rae Dawn Chong. Set in the fallout zone of the 1970s/'80s sexual revolution, Choose Me focuses on the intertwined romantic intrigues of a radio talk show host, a compulsive liar/asylum escapee, a sexually liberated bar owner, her regular patron, her menacing gangster ex, and the accumulated broken hearts in between. Luridly shot in neon darkness, Choose Me is meant to be a showcase for the actors’ performances, but some of the most gripping elements of the film are the hazy, noiresque street scene interludes and the utterly bizarre minor characters that populate Rudolph’s artificial nighttime landscape. —Ian Adcock

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