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A Rare Treat

 I've missed some great films at the Cocteau these past two months while I've been globehopping.

 But I'm home now, and we have some terrific offerings coming up at Santa Fe's hometown movie theatre in the weeks to come...  starting this Sunday, when we'll be screening Richard Donner's LADYHAWKE.   Not only one of the greatest fantasy films ever made (ignore that bloody soundtrack please), but one of the great romances as well.

 And for all the fans and cinephiles and aspiring screenwriters out there, we have a very special treat:  LADYHAWKE will be introduced by Santa Fe's own ED KHMURA, the film's screenwriter, who will talk about how the movie came to be, and the challenges of making it.


LADYHAWKE will screen on Sunday, starting at 6:30.

Come join Ed and me and Melinda Snodgrass, and (on the silver screen) Michelle Pfeiffer, Rutger Hauer, and Matthew Broderick,  sample a great fantasy, and enjoy one of our specialty cocktails and New Mexico's best popcorn at the Jean Cocteau.


Sep. 4th, 2014 06:14 am (UTC)
LadyHawk is great. One of my favorites as a child. Michelle Pfeiffer is still gorgeous 30 years later.
Matt Stedman
Sep. 4th, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
Is it weird that I love the music in Ladyhawke?
Sep. 4th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite films! Never have I wished harder that I lived within driving distance of Santa Fe.
Sep. 4th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
I remember watching this movie! It was a rerun on Syfy (back when it was Sci-Fi Channel, before renaming itself to a Czech word that's the plural form of "syphilis"), when I was little. It's a classic! I didn't realize it was Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer because I saw it a good while before I became familiar with actors.
Cameron Jones
Sep. 4th, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
Mate... I love that film! That had a lot to do with me getting into the fantasy genre when I was a kid. Rutger Hauer looks so young hehe. Excellent choice!
Mary Ellen Wofford
Sep. 4th, 2014 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, one of my most favorite movies.
Yes, it has its flaws but the beauty of the cinematography and the actors and the horses and the costumes (Navarre all in black and the Bishop in his wraparound alb)...gosh. I own the DVD. I also watch it every time I come across it on the tube. Would love to hear Mr. Khmura talk about writing the script. He gave Philippe a more modern vibe than he did Isabeau and Navarre and I have always wondered if that was because Matthew Broderick didn't quite have the medieval vibe down? THAT'S just my opinion, and not a derogatory statement about the script. It sure hasn't kept me from loving the movie. I just wonder is all.
You really make me want to move to NM sometimes.
Sep. 4th, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
Love love love Ladyhawke.

I even dig the soundtrack.
Sep. 4th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
Allan Parsons Project. What were you *thinking*?
(Has anyone ever tried to rectify the matter with a remix?)

Speaking of inappropriate music, I just acted on a whim and looked up the video for an old eighties hit; 'The Safety Dance' (which I never quite got to see at the time). Anyone with five minutes to spare for a bit of fun might like to do the same, and get a sense of what GoT might have been like if the Lannisters had been nicer to each other.
Brad Buckles
Sep. 4th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
I visited Angel Fire last week on vacation and made the scenic drive to Santa Fe to visit the Jean Cocteau. It's a lovely theater, albeit much smaller than I thought it would be.

I didn't get to try the popcorn, because the concessions were closed (it was early afternoon). However, I was able to view the art of Jodi and Dean Balsamo, as well as the collection of A Song of Ice and Fire inspired coins.

I have to admit that I was secretly hoping for a GRRM sighting, but I knew that you were probably still out of town. I can't imagine what I would have expressed to you (other than "thanks" with a panicked look on my face).

Having said that, I would like to thank you for the story you are telling and will tell. The tale of Tyrion, Arya, Brienne, and many (many) others has brought much joy to my own life, but it doesn't end there. Many of my friends and family have also been drinking the Nightshade. In particular, it's been a source of many meaningful conversations with my father. As a result, we've become much closer in the past year.

Thank you!
Sep. 4th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
I love Ladyhawke. I actually always felt the soundtrack gave it that 80's cult off beat feeling. It was recently aired on a cable channel where I watched it and was reminded how much I love it. I wish I could go to the cocteau to enjoy a viewing near my house. Back in the 90's before Chelsea piers was what it is today in Chelsea Manhattan, my local video store would gather local vendors funds and supply viewings of older films summer Friday nights for the neighborhood on the barge (which is a fancy restaurant now). We'd all bring blankets, wine and food and often sing along to West Side story, or laugh at silly sleeper films. It was really the best. Though I haven't been to the Cocteau (yet), I get the feeling it has that community unassuming atmosphere so rare to find these days.
Sep. 5th, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)

There are a lot of things to love about the movie, but I was always most impressed by the 'very human' characters -- Navarre is certainly competent, but also fallible (far from the unbeatable-swordsman trope), and quite openly emotional, Phillipe is cowardly and subject to inner ethical conflict, the Abbott is well-meaning but a morally-weakened souse, etc. It's far from a typical fantasy yarn.

My buddies and I sometimes talk about a 21st-century remake. Paradoxically, I don't think the difficult roles [to cast] are the romantic leads -- this is the territory of, say, Colin Farrell, or Yvonne Strahovski, what have you -- rather, the core and mood and tempo of the story center round young Gaston. We have relatively few snarky-young-Broderick analogs in the current Hollywood roster, but I guess Zach Eisenberg or (a heavily-medicated) Shia LaBeouf could do it.
Dorian Kratsas
Sep. 6th, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
Ladyhawke is my favorite fantasy movie of all time. The scene where Navarre fights Marque in the church at the end is so underappreciated for its raw power, especially in the second part of the fight where the movie's "conventional" music picks up.
Bob Jenson
Sep. 7th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, while I have a soft spot in the ol' ticker for Alan Parsons (-ish? I know it wasn't an official "project" of course) music, it did not work for the film and that aspect has dated badly. I thought the cinematography, script and acting were all outstanding. I would love to see the film with a new soundtrack - or maybe the score not "light-rockified" so much. That may be heretical to the movie's fans, but they did release a version of "Legend" with the original Goldsmith soundtrack (although I liked the Tangerine Dream soundtrack too), so why not release a new version of "Ladyhawke" with both versions as well?


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