A film screening of the rock opera "Tommy" by Ken Russell is on the program at the Cinematheque

A scene from the movie Tommy

The last day of the month, February 29, is reserved at the Cinematheque for the screening of the feature film "Tommy" (UK, 1975, 108 min., color) directed by Ken Russell. The screening is at 18:XNUMX p.m.

Based on the rock opera of the same name by the legendary rockers "The Who", the extravagant film is perhaps the most famous screenplay of Ken Russell, who is known for his kind of exhibitions and exaggerations. Original and uncompromising, the film is part of the aesthetics of the seventies, and the projection will be of 35mm filmstrip.

According to the script, little Tommy, after witnessing a traumatic event related to his parents, becomes psychosomatically deaf and blind. A few years later, Tommy, already at an adolescent age, discovers that he possesses an exceptional talent – ​​he breaks all records in pinball machine games. He becomes a champion of video games, acquires wealth and fame. Over time, Tommy's fame turns into idolatry. He is worshiped by a group of followers as the idol-messiah of the new age.

The film stars Anne-Margret, Oliver Reed, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Eric Clapton. New York Times critic Vincent Canby described the work as "an overproduced and violent film, but with a point and a reason... the last word in the art of the Pop Art movement."

For her excellent performance in the production, actress Anne-Margret was nominated for an Oscar, and the film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975.

Director Ken Russell described it in interviews as the most commercial film in his career. Essential reading for fans of the psychedelic, progressive genre.

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