James Gray Presents:
Director: James Gray
USA / 1994 / 98 min
Last screened on Wed, Dec 23
Live Screening introduced by James Gray.
In writer/director James Gray’s assured feature debut—made when he was just 25 years old—a Russian Jewish Brighton Beach family is thrown into discord by the reappearance of the black-sheep oldest son (Tim Roth), a mob hit man who begins to exercise an undertow pull on his teenage brother (Edward Furlong), who had been left to deal alone with their philandering father (Maximilian Schell) and terminally ill mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Gray’s painterly visuals and sense for tragic dimension put him immediately at odds with the then-prevalent mode of postmodern glibness.