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Monday, January 3, 2011

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CineCaché: Todd Haynes’ Poison

Presented by Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film & The Brattle

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We come to the end of our first season of CineCache this month, and our last film will be Todd Haynes’ POISON, playing Fri, Jan 7–Mon, Jan 10 in a new 35mm Print. We hope you’ll join us for this final screening – and come back in February on Tuesdays for the returning DocYard series.

Special Preview | New 35mm Print! | Plays January 7–10 | NC-17

Todd Haynes' POISON(1991) dir Todd Haynes w/Edith Meeks, Millie White, Buck Smith, Larry Maxwell, Susan Norman, Scott Renderer, James Lyons [85 min]
The winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival, Todd Haynes’ controversial masterpiece POISON returns to the Brattle (where it had its Boston premiere!) for a 20th Anniversary re-release in a new 35mm print. The second feature directed by Haynes – Oscar-nominated filmmaker of Far from Heaven, I’m Not There and the upcoming HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce – this groundbreaking American Indie was one of the most fervently debated film of the 1990s and a trailblazing landmark of queer cinema. A work of immense visual invention, Haynes’ spectacular follow-up to his legendary Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is audacious, disturbing and thrillingly cinematic.

Inspired by the writings of Jean Genet, POISON deftly interweaves a trio of transgressive tales – “Hero,” “Horror” and “Homo” – that build toward a devastating climax. “Hero,” shot in mock TV-documentary style, tells a bizarre story of suburban patricide and a miraculous flight from justice; “Horror,” filmed like a delirious ’50s B-movie melodrama, is a gothic tale of a mad sex experiment which unleashes a disfiguring plague; while “Homo” explores the obsessive sexual relationship between two prison inmates. A runaway hit which made national headlines when it was attacked by right-wing figures, POISON is unsettling, unforgettable and thoroughly entertaining.

About CineCaché

Celebrating the yet-to-be discovered treasures of the independent film world, Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film and the Brattle present a new bi-weekly film and discussion series on alternating Monday nights through January 3, 2011. Expect to see sneak previews, festival favorites, regional features, and overlooked gems in this exciting series. Filmmakers will be in attendance on select evenings, and discussions will be held after all screenings. More »

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