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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  • Dir: Philip Kaufman

  • USA, 1978, English, 115mins, DCP

  • Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum

A strong contender for the best remake of all time, Philip Kaufman’s paranoia masterpiece relocates the terror of Don Siegel’s 1956 sci-fi classic to the streets of 1970s San Francisco. Donald Sutherland is the strict health inspector who slowly uncovers an emerging epidemic of extra-terrestrial proportions, while all around him, a community of profound progressives appears to dismiss the invasion as little more than the latest New Age fad. From the pod people’s blood-curdling shriek to cinema’s most haunting rendition of “Amazing Grace”, Kaufman ratchets up the tension to a suffocating crescendo, with political undertones imploring his audience to question everything and everyone they think they know.

27/11 (Sat): Film talk with Long Tin  

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