Thursday, August 29

Repertory Series ArchiveReel Music

Babylon

Double Feature with THE HARDER THEY COME (5:00, 9:30)

1980 • dir Franco Rosso w/Brinsley Forde, Trevor Laird • 95 min • DCP

Franco Rosso’s incendiary BABYLON had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. for being too controversial – until now. Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ (Forde) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front.

“CRITIC’S PICK. Babylon is a 39-year-old nugget of a movie about young British Jamaicans and their itinerant reggae scene built around sound systems, freestyling and parties with rich, low lighting. Just as seminal an entry in the English ‘angry young man’ sweepstakes as the plays, novels and movies about alienation made in the 1960s. Babylon amounts to something that still feels new. You’re looking at people who, in 1980 England, were, at last, being properly, seriously seen.”
– Wesley Morris, New York Times

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