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This is a bizarre post-apocalyptic tale based on a short story penned by sci-fi novelist Harlan Ellison. It’s a strange film, discarding all the make-believe props and toys that usually accompany American sci-fi films, and instead chooses a totally stripped-down approach with an almost abstract poetic quality. In this film we follow the journey of a boy named Vic (Don Johnson) and his telepathic dog called Blood as they wander together across a futuristic post-apocalyptic countryside as they scavenge for food and sex. Vic’s telepathic connection in this film is a marvel to watch, and it’s incomparable to any other film ever made. Their agreement is this: Vic will help Blood find food, and his dog will in return use his senses to track down women which are in short supply in this desert wasteland. Blood is the real star of this wild cult film. We can hear the dog’s thoughts as he “speaks aloud” and this becomes the actual narration of the film. The irony being that the dog is the most educated and sensible character in the movie.
This is a Tarantino favorite, and that’s why he took the film’s star, Don Johnson for his Django film. I would also dare to say that the early short films of David Lynch (for example, The Grandmother) were also in the same direction as this movie. A Boy and his Dog was a favorite in the offbeat cult cinemas on university campuses in the 70s, and was one of the quintessential “midnight movies” along with classics like Dark Star, Eraserhead, El Topo and Pink Flamings. Not seen in cinemas for decades now, this will be a high-definition screening of this bizarre cult classic.
One critic states: “A Boy and His Dog is a very 1970s American movie; it’s essentially an outlaw western that voices explicit, symbolic disappointment and despair with the country’s government in the wake of the Vietnam War. Like Easy Rider and many others, it portrays superficially polite society as a rigged game that’s designed to insidiously imprison its inhabitants. The film celebrates the apocalypse as an opportunity for the oppressed of society to do whatever the hell they please without the Man lording over them. A Boy and His Dog is an unruly daydream capped with a surprisingly jet-black acknowledgment of humankind’s genetic destiny to ruin itself.”
This will be a high-definition screening.
As you can see, even trailers could be experimental back in the 70s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
ATOMIC CINEMA @ VONDELBUNKER
(The nuclear fallout bunker under the bridge in the Vondelpark)
Doors open at 20:30, film starts at 9