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Under the Volcano (1984)

John Huston: A Retrospective

Date/Time/Location/Admission

Friday, July 21, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

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Under the Volcano (1984) - At age 77, John Huston returns to Mexico with cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa for a final time to shoot a candid adaptation of Malcolm Lowry’s intemperate 1947 novel—a project nearly 40 years in the making, previously tackled and abandoned by no less than 50 distinct screenwriters. With this depiction of the final booze-soaked day in the life of a self-imploding British ex-Consul (Albert Finney) and his estranged wife (Jacqueline Bisset), as she watches helplessly while he loses himself in a bottle in 1930s Mexico, one might wonder if there’s room for God in Huston’s end-of-life worldview. In fact, God is not dead, Huston asserts in a Film Comment interview. “I prefer to think of God as away on a bat. Not dead, just drunk.”

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