Kick off the New Year with Fight Club and Mondo Midnights
2011-01-06 · By Editor
Mondo Celluloid wants to bring you kicking and screaming into the new year. We’d love to tell you how, but the first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. Oops! Have we said too much?
Join Long Beach film lovers at the Art Theater on Friday to see one of the most controversial and talked-about films of 1999. Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk and directed by David Fincher (this year’s Oscar front-runner for “The Social Network”), Fight Club stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Norton, the unnamed narrator and film’s protagonist, is an “everyman” who is discontented with his white-collar job and place in American society. He forms a “fight club” with soap maker Tyler Durden, played by Pitt, and becomes embroiled in a relationship with him and a dissolute woman, Marla Singer, played by Bonham Carter.
The director compared the film to Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and The Graduate (1967), calling it a coming of age film for people in their 30s. Fight Club’s violence is a metaphor for the conflict between a generation of young people and the value system of mass-market advertising they inherited.
Though movie executives considered the film a box-office disappointment, it quickly became a cult classic after its release on DVD. Come see why the film’s unprecedented mix of black comedy, brutal physical violence, hyper-kinetic visuals, homoeroticism, Oscar-nominated sound effects, and a thumping score by the Dust Brothers still has audiences talking.
Watch the Fight Club Movie Trailer
Tickets for the Mondo Midnights showing of Fight Club are on sale at the Art Theatre box office or online by clicking here! The movie starts at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 7.
Mondo Celluloid Inc. is a program of the Long Beach Cinematheque, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the celebration of classic cinema and to providing opportunities for audiences to experience film classics on the big screen in Long Beach