What's on at Cinema City - Philosophers at the Cinema
Director: Robin Hardy.
Starring: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward. UK 1973. 95 mins.
Police Sergeant Howie (Woodward) receives an anonymous letter from the remote Western Isles asking him to investigate the disappearance of a schoolgirl. Upon his arrival he discovers a secretive community presided over by Christopher Lee's Laird of Summerisle. As the mystery of the missing girl unravels, Howie begins to suspect that she has been the victim of some very dark rituals. This ‘final cut’ of the film is the result of a worldwide search for the legendary lost footage that was launched to mark its 40th anniversary, and includes newly discovered material that had been missing for decades. Established Wicker buffs will relish the chance to finally see the cut that Hardy describes as fulfilling his original vision, while newcomers are in for a deliciously creepy and shocking treat.
The Coens return to tell a tale of a moral man who sees the world inexplicably turn against him in this darkest of comedies. Larry Nidus (Stuhlbarg) is a loving husband, committed father and dedicated professor who always does the right thing. But one day, everything starts to go wrong. His wife leaves him and her smug new lover has him move into a motel. Then his career is put in jeopardy by anonymous letters falsely accusing him of unnamed treacheries. And when his wife’s new partner dies, she insists that he foot the funeral bill. We cannot help but laugh as we contemplate Larry’s plight in a world with no silver linings, a world which might just seem uncomfortably familiar to us all.