1. ANGUISH (Bigas Luna, 1987)


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    ANGUISH (aka: Anguistia) Dir. Bigas Luna, 1987. 89 min. Spain. In English Presented courtesy of Bogeydom Licensing Encore screenings in December for Best of 2012! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST - 7:30PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13TH - 10PM --- Saturday, October 6th - 9:30 PM Sunday, October 14th - 7:30 PM Friday, October 26th - 9:30 PM John (Micheal Lerner of Barton Fink) is an overworked and under appreciated lab technician at an eye clinic in Los Angeles, living with his controlling mother (Poltergeist's Zelda Rubinstein) and some pigeons. Making matters worse, John is diabetic and losing his eyesight. After a terrible day of being ridiculed by his boss and patients alike, John is hypnotized by his mother and then sent out with scalpel in hand collect the eyes of the city. First he pays a visit to a patient named Caroline and after claiming both her and her husbands eyes, the camera pulls back to reveal a theater filled with people watching a film called "The Mommy." From there, things spiral out of control as the events in "The Mommy" begin to mirror those in the theater and vice versa, building with a ferocious crescendo. Bigas Luna would gain worldwide notoriety a few years later with his film Jamon Jamon, which, aside from uniting Javier Bardem & Penelope Cruz, was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. In this film, however, Luna lets the tension and confusion mount to dizzying heights. Though the "film-within-a-film" device wasn't new (Targets, Demons, etc.), Anguish is distinguished by it's razor-sharp edits, wailing soundtrack, and a spiraling sense of disorientation that leave the viewer wondering if it's safe to watch another film again. Trailer by Matt Posey SPEC2BER: spectacletheater.com/spec2ber-more-unknown-mysterious-and-shocking SPECTACLE THEATER
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