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The Crazies (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)
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UW Cinematheque's fall season has included screenings honoring two directors who died this past year, Jonathan Demme and George A. Romero. On the final night of these tributes, the 1973 sci-fi thriller The Crazies shows off the frantic cinematography and socially apt commentary that made Romero famous. This cult classic follows the aftermath of the accidental release of a military biological weapon into the water supply of a small town in Pennsylvania. The town is infiltrated by a team of military soldiers adorned with hazmat suits who try and contain the epidemic, but the infected townsfolk begin to fight back. Scenes of enraged and murderous citizens fighting the military are spliced with the timeless imagery of 1970’s mustaches, bellbottoms, and groovy chest-hair. Romero's thematic pacing and writing create ample moments of humor and fright. The Crazies received mixed reviews upon its initial release, but viewers have warmed to it in the years since, especially as they developed more appreciation for Romero's legacy. The film also inspired a lukewarm remake in 2010. —John McCracken  

Earlier Event: December 1
Anders Svanoe
Later Event: December 2
Brad Mehldau Trio