Ciné-Club: Subway

Ciné-Club: Subway

Sunday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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There's a whole world just beneath the surface. This week we'll be taking a look at one of the most stylish films to come out of the cinéma du look movement, Luc Besson's subterranean thriller about a marked man laying low in the Paris metro system. Join us as we discuss:

Subway (1985) 

Rent on Vudu or iTunes

It's a real criminal underground. After stealing some incriminating documents from a wealthy gangster, Fred finds himself on the run from the police and the mob alike, and takes refuge in the tunnels of the Paris Metro. But Fred's not the first guy to have this idea, and soon finds that the subterranean world has its own coterie of colorful inhabitants. Assimilating into the surreal pseudo-society of the underground, Fred bides his time - but when the gangster's young wife seeks him out in hopes of escaping her own gilded life and share in his newfound freedom, things get even dicier than they already were. Can Fred and his chic paramour stay down there forever?

Boasting an iconic pop soundtrack, wild fashion, and oodles of style, Subway marks one of Luc Besson's first major successes both in France and abroad, and showcases the director's (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) signature sense of audiovisual bombast. Let's talk about it! 



Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since it began in March 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and has written on cinema for the politics revue, Toquevillle21.