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PUNISHMENT PARK

PUNISHMENT PARK

PUNISHMENT PARK

1971 / 88min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: PETER WATKINS

CAST: PATRICK BOLAND, KENT FOREMAN, CARMEN ARGENZIANO

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Is this the Vietnam era in America, or a Trumpian dystopia? Peter Watkins’ scorching, visceral film, shot on verite-style 16mm by Joan Churchill and Peter Smokler in the Mojave Desert, begins with the kangaroo court trial of a gaggle of anti-establishment subversives (nonprofessionals, speaking their true creeds), then follows them as they run for their lives across hostile terrain, hunted for sport by the squarehead legions.

Punishment Park is screening as part of the series: Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z