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Sat, Jun 6, 2015

Repertory Series ArchiveReel Weird Brattle: 25 Years Weird (Spring 2015)

The Spirit of ’76

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(1990) dir Lucas Reiner w/David Cassidy, Olivia D’Abo, Jeffrey MacDonald, Steve MacDonald, Liam O’Brien [82 min; 35mm]
A team of time-travellers from the year 2176 (led by David Cassidy of The Partridge Family fame) is sent back to 1776 to rediscover America’s history and save the world. Due to a malfunction, however, they unwittingly wind up in 1976 instead. With the aid of a couple of teenage slackers (Jeff & Steve MacDonald from cult band Redd Kross), the team tries to complete its mission while eluding the CIA. Combining 1970s kitsch with an ironic alt-rock sensibility, SPIRIT OF ’76 is an unmitigated disaster, but absurdly funny and charming nonetheless.

Includes appearances by Mark Mothersbaugh, Leif Garrett, Moon Zappa, Tommy Chong, Downtown Julie Brown, and Rob & Carl Reiner, plus a cameo by Sofia Coppola (who at 17 also did the costume design!). Co-written by Roman Coppola.

1990 was a very odd year cinematically. Perched on the verge of a new decade but still steeped in the neon-colored weirdness of the 1980s, the films of 1990 often feel simultaneously like throwbacks and bold new steps. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the cavalcade of weird cult films released that year. In this latest installment of our late night screening series REEL WEIRD BRATTLE, we focus on some of those strange titles that combine an ‘80s earnestness and a ‘90s cynicism.

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