Splice Today film writer John Lingan will be curating, along with Baltimore photographer Dan Stack, a new monthly series of movie screenings at El Rancho Grande in Hampden. The series kicks off this Friday, July 31, with Brian De Palma's insane Vietnam-era social satire, Hi, Mom! (1970, 87 min.)
Robert De Niro, in one of his first film roles, plays a Vietnam vet who returns home and tries variously to produce "erotic films," join an avant garde theater troupe, and bomb buildings. The audacious faux-documentary set piece "Be Black, Baby" is one of the era's most potent moments of cinematic satire, and Hi, Mom! generally marks the beginning of many of De Palma's stylistic signatures, including voyeuristic themes, bombastic camera movements, and homage to earlier filmmakers, particularly Hitchcock.
Come out to 36th St. and Falls Rd. in Hampden tomorrow night around 8 PM; get a coffee and grab a seat, and the movie will start promptly at 8:30.