The Loveless 1981 M

8.15PM Wed 14 Apr 2021 (1hr 25mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

The Loveless will screen from a 2K digital restoration.

'In her cunning debut, Bigelow harkens back to the bikesploitation era with a film coated in leathered swagger and brimming with a masculine edge. The Loveless is definitely the most atmospheric of Bigelow’s back catalog, as it occupies a dreary frigidness sheathed in grime — much of it due to Willem Dafoe’s snake-like depiction of a cool, reserved and sexy drifter. Alongside Dafoe’s striking biker image, rustic diners and neon-lit bars bring Bigelow’s debut to the visual forefront, validating her as a cinematic visionary early on in her career.

Artistically bold for a first film, this slow and pensive project breathes confidence with a sense of masculinity that defined most of her later work. While Bigelow parades a man’s affinity for daring, adrenaline-pumping endeavors in later films (The Hurt Locker and Point Break), her debut adopts the post-greaser, western nomadic archetype while echoing a James Dean-like quiet defiance and the mythical romanticism of the open road. With a story of bikers and rebellious subcultures, this unique and dark slice of early ’80s independent cinema trudges along with a darkness that many forget Bigelow is capable of pulling off.' The Playlist

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 82 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS/SCRIPT: KATHRYN BIGELOW, MONTY MONTGOMERY / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DOYLE SMITH / EDITOR: NANCY KANTER / PROD CO: PIONEER FILMS / PRINT SOURCE: AMERICAN GENRE FILM ARCHIVE, AUSTIN /RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: 2K DCP