The Glory Days of Terrorism

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Vainglorious? Sexy? Overblown? Olivier Assays’ Carlos has got ’em talking:

“About 15 minutes into “Carlos,” Olivier Assayas’s excited, exciting, epic dramatization about the international terrorism brand known as Carlos the Jackal, the title character takes a long, loving, vainglorious look in the mirror at his naked body. It’s 1974 and after a bungled assassination attempt and an ineffectual bombing, Carlos has just headed down the flamboyant career path — riddled with bodies, rutted by explosions and festooned with publicity — that will inspire pulp fictions, detailed biographies, hyperventilated conspiracy theories and lasting myths. As he luxuriates in his own image, you see how Carlos saw himself: the terrorist as pinup.” Read the whole article at the NY Times

“Olivier Assayas is part of a generation of filmmakers who frequently try to drain their movies of traditional seductive melodrama, although he also knows how to turn that stuff on when he wants to. In the case of Carlos, Assayas has built a five and a half hour TV miniseries around the misadventures of the notorious and highly visible terrorist Carlos the Jackal, and the plain recounting of various facts (and some speculation) about Carlos’s life makes for a less than romantic take on the criminal career. Assayas emphasizes the more absurd interludes in the arc of this career, as well as Carlos’s egocentric taste for the glory of infamy, so that most viewers will be unlikely to come out of this movie impressed by the coolness of the villain.” —Robert Horton

“Carlos, the miniseries by Olivier Assayas, is a pleasure to watch. Every shot is filled with erotic pleasure. It’s terrorism as sex.” —Charles Mudede (over Twitter)

“Does for international terrorism what “The Sopranos” did for organized crime.” —Seattle Post Globe

 

Screening in three parts in order daily, November 5-7, at Northwest Film Forum.
Special admission price for all three films is $15/NWFF members, $25/general (can be used on different days).
Individual admission is also available for regular ticket prices ($6/NWFF members, $6.50/seniors & students, $9/general).

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