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Film: Love and Death on Long Island
Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 3:00pm
John Hurt is renowned for his quirky, often incisive performances, but few of them have been comedy roles. His hilarious portrait of Giles De'Ath, a reclusive British author, is a rare comic treat, and Richard Kwietniowski's first feature from Gilbert Adair's novel is a clever, singular delight that deserved a wider release when it came out in 1997. De'Ath, who rarely ventures far from his book-stuffed London home, accidentally locks himself out in the rain and goes to see a film based on an E M Forster novel. Mistakenly he finds he has stumbled into Hotpants College II, a campus sex romp, and is suddenly entranced by the image of a young actor, Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestley). An obsession forms. He rents videos of other Bostock movies, forgetting that he has no VCR or even a television. He buys fanzines and pastes images of Ronnie in a scrapbook. He mugs up on his idol's life. Besotted, he decides to go to Long Island where he hopes to meet the young man. Priestly's Ronnie turns out to be much more intelligent than his work would suggest, and it is a pleasant game to anticipate the painful conclusion, and Hurt's compelling performance smoothly surmounts the transition in this audaciously appealing comedy.

--BBC.co.uk

What:
Love and Death on Long Island (1997 Richard Kwietniowski)
Format: 35mm Film
Runtime: 93 minutes
When: January 16th & January 17th at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm, January 18th @ 3:00 pm
Where: 5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Admission: Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission

For more information:

PSU Film Committee
film@pdx.edu
503-725-3551
http://www.fifthavenuecinema.groups.pdx.edu