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Film Series

Peak Performances

 
 
May 12—May 24, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Calling all Twin Peaks freaks: we here at BAMcinématek are so excited for the return of David Lynch’s forever-cool television show in May that we’ve put together the perfect program to get you psyched for season three. If you’ve ever wondered what Laura Palmer and The Beatles have in common, this series is for you.

Dr. Jacoby in West Side Story? Laura Palmer’s dad as a mutant plant monster? In celebration of the return of David Lynch’s avant-visionary soap opera, BAMcinématek revisits some of our favorite cast members’ finest roles, ranging from the iconic to the totally unexpected.


 
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Fri, May 12, 2017
 
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Fri, May 12, 2017
 

The prequel to Lynch’s cult television series follows the hellish final days in the life of Laura Palmer, a lurid nightmare descent into the damaged psyche of a little girl lost.

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Eraserhead
Sat, May 13, 2017
 
Eraserhead
Sat, May 13, 2017
 

The cult phenomenon that introduced the world to Lynch’s sinister surrealism takes place in a dark dream world of oozing creatures and stars later sawmill foreman Pete Martell.

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Carrie
Sun, May 14, 2017
 
Carrie
Sun, May 14, 2017
 

Worst. Prom. Ever. Brian De Palma’s teenage angst opera is a master class in stylish suspense, with a pre-sawmill Piper Laurie delivering the most terrifying performance of her career.

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Ruby
Sun, May 14, 2017
 
Ruby
Sun, May 14, 2017
 

Twin Peaks’ Piper Laurie is terrorized by the spirit of her murdered gangster husband in this deliciously macabre scuzz-shocker from avant-gardist-turned-horror maven Curtis Harrington.

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Backbeat
Tue, May 16, 2017
 
Backbeat
Tue, May 16, 2017
 

The Beatles’ before-they-were-famous days in Hamburg, Germany are recounted in this vivid origin story, which features music performed by ‘90s rock icons like Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins, and Don Fleming.

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The Doors
Tue, May 16, 2017
 
The Doors
Tue, May 16, 2017
 

Oliver Stone’s hallucinatory, acid-trip biopic of psych-rock legends The Doors boasts a tour-de-force performance from Val Kilmer as fabled frontman Jim Morrison.

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Two Moon Junction
Wed, May 17, 2017
 
Two Moon Junction
Wed, May 17, 2017
 

Southern belle meets impressively-torsoed carnival worker in this steamy slice of ‘80s soft-core camp starring Twin Peaks’ resident bad girl Sherilyn Fenn.

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Slap Shot
Thu, May 18, 2017
 
Slap Shot
Thu, May 18, 2017
 

Paul Newman is the coach of a losing hockey team who hits upon a winning strategy—no-holds-barred violence—in this rude, crude, and outrageously funny sports satire, featuring Sheriff Harry S. Truman.

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The Warriors
Fri, May 19, 2017
 
The Warriors
Fri, May 19, 2017
 

New York City’s subway tunnels become a labyrinth of surreal ultraviolence in this art-damaged dystopian classic featuring a gang leader Uncle Jerry.

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Blue Velvet
Sat, May 20, 2017
 
Blue Velvet
Sat, May 20, 2017
 

It begins with a severed ear… A college student slips from squeaky-clean suburbia into a depraved psychosexual shadow world in Lynch’s all-American masterpiece starring Agent Cooper.

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West Side Story
Sun, May 21, 2017
 
West Side Story
Sun, May 21, 2017
 

Leonard Bernstein’s music meets Jerome Robbins’ choreography in this exhilarating Best Picture winner, starring not one but two future Twin Peaks cast members.

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The Haunting
Sun, May 21, 2017
 
The Haunting
Sun, May 21, 2017
 

A group of guests (including Twin Peaks own Dr. Lawrence Jacoby) endure a terrifying stay at a haunted Gothic mansion in the ultimate Old Dark House chiller.

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Afterglow
Mon, May 22, 2017
 
Afterglow
Mon, May 22, 2017
 

Nick Nolte, Oscar-nominated Julie Christie, and Laura Palmer’s best friend are in marvelous form in Alan Rudolph’s bed-hopping bad romance.

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Iguana
Tue, May 23, 2017
 
Iguana
Tue, May 23, 2017
 

Two-Lane Blacktop director Monte Hellman helmed this fascinating and forgotten should-be cult item about a disfigured 19th century sailor (gas station proprietor Big Ed Hurley) who becomes the cruel master of his own island.

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Swamp Thing
Tue, May 23, 2017
 
Swamp Thing
Tue, May 23, 2017
 

Chemical contamination transforms a research scientist (Leland Palmer) into the titular, rubber-suited gooey green one in Wes Craven’s irresistibly goofball blend of horror thrills and schlock silliness.

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Red Rose, White Rose
Wed, May 24, 2017
 
Red Rose, White Rose
Wed, May 24, 2017
 

Joan Chen—iconic as Twin Peaks’ femme fatale Josie Packard—receives an exquisite showcase in this lush, 1930s set melodrama, shot through with an operatic irony worthy of Sirk.

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