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Lightbox Film Center
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Kicking off the Kids of the Black Hole series: More than a decade after helming the iconic Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper took on the next wave of youth rebellion in his film Out of the Blue. Its title taken from the Neil Young song “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue),” the story follows 15-year old Cebe as she attempts to navigate the world between her alcoholic, ex-con father and her heroin-addicted mother. Cebe’s only heroes are Elvis Presley and Johnny Rotten and her only escape is through their music. The downward spiral of this shattered family is captured by Hopper’s direction in wide-eyed, gut-wrenching detail until the final, disturbing conclusion.
Dennis Hopper, Canada, 1980, 35mm, 93 min.
About Kids of the… Black Hole
Teen rebellion has always been a favorite topic of movies, from James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause to the hippie delinquents in Riot on the Sunset Strip. By the late 1970s, with the counterculture baby-boomer generation moving comfortably into adulthood, a new crop of angry youngsters was taking the stage. Fueled by punk rock and heavy metal, these kids emerged from their subterranean, black light poster-covered bedrooms to cause real damage. With shaved heads, dyed hair, torn jeans and a penchant for spiked jewelry, these wayward youth succumbed to the paranoia and depression of Cold War-era America led by Ronald Reagan. The five films in this series offer a glimpse of every parent’s nightmare – pure anarchy with none of the sentimental charm of John Hughes or the hopefulness of John Cusack comedies. Watch your back because “a kid who tells on another kid is a dead kid.”