We don't charge admission, but we do ask for donations to support BCP and the Film Club program. $2-3 per person is suggested, but any level of donation is much appreciated.
The Clubhouse Cafe in the BCP Hex Room will be open. Food and drink are available for purchase, and you can eat in the Clubhouse before or after the movie - or bring food and drinks into the theater. But please clean up after yourselves so we don't have to hire a janitor.
- September 30 - Cinema Paradiso (Italian - 1988)
- October 28 - Mama Mia 2: Here We Go Again (USA - 2018 - Scheduled DVD release date is October 23)
Sunday, September 23 @ 1:00pm - Bagdad Cafe (1987) 1hr. 35 min.
English language film with English subtitles
Ratings: IMDB - 7.5/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 89% RogerEbert.com - 3.5/4 (Rated PG)
This film brings back fond memories of seeing it in a theater in 1987. I really enjoy drama/comedy films that rely on situational comedy rather then jokes and contrived one-liners. The interactions of the characters tells a wonderful story of how what might seem to be an unlikely friendship can create an atmosphere that brings people together.
The heavyset German lady, her body and soul tightly corseted, her hair sprayed into rock-like permanence, is having a fight with her husband, right there in the Mojave Desert. They are in the middle of some kind of miserable vacation, touring America as a version of hell. She can take no more. She grabs her suitcase and stalks away from their Mercedes, he drives away into the red, dusty sky, and she walks to a miserable truck stop and asks for a room.
An opening like that makes you stop and think, doesn't it, about how cut-and-dried most Hollywood movies are. There would seem to be no place in today's entertainment industry for movies about fat German ladies and homesick truck stops, and yet "Bagdad Cafe" sets us free from the production line of Hollywood's brain-damaged "high concepts" and walks its own strange and lovely path. There is poetic justice in the fact that this movie, shot in English in America by a German, is one of the biggest box office successes in recent European history.
The German woman is named Jasmin, and she is appalled by the conditions she finds at the Bagdad Cafe. It is simply not being run along clean and efficient German lines. The proprietor is a free-thinking black woman named Brenda, who shares the premises with her teenage children, a baby, a bewildered Italian cook, a tattoo artist and a shipwrecked former Hollywood set painter who is played by Jack Palance as if he had definitely painted his last set.