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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

This week at SFC: Choose Me

Our screenings are free and all are welcome.

Thursday September 13th

Doors open at 7:30pm. Feature 8:15 pm.

Choose Me (Alan Rudolph/USA/1984/102')

This critically praised sleeper stars Genevieve Bujold as Dr. Nancy Love, a romance-phobic radio sex therapist who inadvertently becomes roommates with Eve (Lesley Ann Warren), a sexually uninhibited bar owner and one of Dr. Love's frequent callers. Handsome, smooth-talking mental patient Mickey (Keith Carradine) comes to the bar and proceeds to woo and confuse both women as well as an aspiring poetess, Pearl (Rae Dawn Chong), who suspects Nancy is having an affair with her abusive French husband, Zack (Patrick Bachau). As the wild nights progress, all the women find themselves drawn to the mysterious Mickey, arousing the wrath of Zack and ensuring hilarious, moving, and thought-provoking moments. It's a dreamy concoction of sex, love, and brilliant dialogue, all wrapped up in a purposely artificial neon-drenched atmosphere with deliriously romantic music from soul crooner Teddy Pendergrass. Filled with neat performances and cockeyed grace, Choose Me was a career-defining hit for director Alan Rudolph, who would go on to make acclaimed films such as Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and Afterglow.

Alan Rudolph has been an influential pioneer of American independent filmmaking since the 1970s. He is best known for the fluid and unique dramatic atmosphere of his films, as well as his ability to effect outstanding performances. The son of director Oscar Rudolph, Alan grew up in the film industry, quitting college to learn about filmmaking by watching studio people at work. Rudolph began a long and fruitful collaboration with Robert Altman when he signed on as an assistant director on Altman's The Long Goodbye. He went on to assistant direct two more films for Altman, California Split and Nashville, and together, Rudolph and Altman wrote the screenplay for Buffalo Bill and the Indians or Sitting Bull's History Lesson, which captured the Golden Bear for Best Picture at the Berlin Film Festival.

Rudolph then set out to carve a distinguished writing and directing path of his own, starting with Welcome to L.A. and continuing with such films as Remember My Name, Choose Me, Trouble in Mind, The Moderns, Equinox and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle which earned Jennifer Jason Leigh a Golden Globe nomination and the Best Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics.

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