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The Thriller: New York, No Wave Style

Two noir-ish, low-budget gems, with appearances from Debbie Harry and The Cramps.

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The Foreigner

USA 1978
Dir Amos Poe
With Eric Mitchell, Anya Phillips, Patti Astor
91min
Digital

From the grimy, messed-up, strung-out, apocalyptic streets of New York at the end of the 1970s, we bring you two noir-ish, distinctly low-budget cinematic artefacts populated by punks and No Wave stars. European secret agent Max Menace arrives in the Big Apple and waits for his assignment, but nothing seems to turn out right (though he does get to meet Blondie’s Debbie Harry and The Cramps).

+ Raw Nerves: A Lacanian Thriller

USA 1980
Dir Manuel DeLanda
With Lydia Lunch
30min
Digital

The explosive, audacious, self-reflexive, bright, delirious, lurid optical colour effects and wipes threaten to truly overwhelm as a private dick and his narrator struggle to extricate themselves from a very strange and threatening situation.

William Fowler

Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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