70mm at The Ritz

70MM: YEAR OF THE DRAGON

Director Michael Cimino
Year 1985
Starring Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Victor Wong
Rating R
Run Time 134min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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If I had been alive in 1985, Michael Cimino’s YEAR OF THE DRAGON would have doubtlessly been my choice for the best picture of that year. Why? Because despite all the criticism and backlash that this film received about it being variously racist and sexist, its subject matter is actually about the distinctly American compulsion to place the blame on cultural others – that if as a society we don’t instinctively understand something deemed “foreign,” it must be somehow bad or wrong. It is a sincere and measured critique of the behavior for which it was lambasted in the press. Such is YEAR OF THE DRAGON’s painful historic irony. Don’t be fooled by its reputation: YEAR OF THE DRAGON is not simply a great film, but one of the greatest – a film that examines a sickness that to this day still plagues America. Michael Cimino, Mickey Rourke, and John Lone together create a portrait of New York City whose post-war wounds yet remain unhealed, where Chinese triad members fill the streets with drugs and violence, and only one cop seeks to affect positive change. As film critic F.X. Feeney wrote for Z Magazine in 1987: “To go the distance with this movie is to be put in touch with reservoirs of feeling that defy easy analysis but define America in all its democratic genius and vicious, illustrious, fractious, imperial reality.” For your reconsideration: Michael Cimino’s YEAR OF THE DRAGON, presented in an extremely rare 70mm print, as part of our ongoing AlamoScope series. (Sam Prime)

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