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Dinner & A Movie
Reveal your inner self and come in costume — we'll have prizes for Best Vampire & Best Fangs !!
ESSENTIAL EVENT INFO
W H A T :
Director: Tony Scott, U.K., 1983, run time 97 minutes. Rated (R) for violence, nudity, sexual situations.
Genre: cult classic romance-horror thriller.
Join us for cocktails and dinner before the film, with table service beginning at 5:30 pm. The cinema menu ranges from $8.95 for salads and sandwiches up to $22.95 for full dinners. Download the menu.
W H E N :
Wednesday, October 30
Cocktails and Dinner, 5:30 pm
Movie, 7:00 pm
W H E R E :
Highland Country Club
931 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Easy Access with Free Parking:
Interactive Google Map
From downtown and points north, take I-471 to Exit 2. Turn left onto Alexandria Pike and just after the second traffic light, turn right into HCC.
From I-275 and points south, take I-471 to Exit 2. Turn right onto Alexandria Pike and just after the first traffic light, turn right into HCC.
T I C K E T S :
$10 in advance and $12 at the door.
At the door, please pay with cash or check.
Your film ticket order includes a reservation for dinner for each ticket purchased and a complimentary cocktail courtesy of HCC general manager Dan Schlarman. Your food and beverage purchases are made directly with Highland Country Club, credit cards accepted.
How to get Tickets
Cincinnati World Cinema,
859-957-3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p
Cincinnati World Cinema :: The Hunger
THE HUNGER was one of the first "modern day" vampire films, discarding the clichéd cloaks, crucifixes, garlic and wooden stakes. In this 1983 cult classic, director Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Man on Fire) softened (without totally removing) the vampire genre to create a more sophisticated, intellectual, lush and sensual atmosphere.
The performances of stars Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon enhance the aesthetic, aided by a supporting cast of Cliff De Young, Dan Hedeya and Beth Ehlers, plus brief cameos by newcomers Willem Dafoe and Jane Leeves. And, Yves Saint Laurent dressed Deneuve for the film adding haute couture to her seductive, frightening and thoroughly elegant portrayal of Miriam Blaylock.
Production values are exceptional, artfully contrasting the hustle-and-bustle of New York City with cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt's gauzy, muted blues and greens in the interior scenes. Done without computer imagery, the special effects make-up by Dick Smith is amazing as he ages David Bowie 150 years in a single scene, and Smith's team also created the film's mummies.
The story follows an elegant pair of vampires, affluent New Yorkers Miriam and John Blaylock (Deneuve, Bowie) and their encounter and ultimate love triangle with gerontologist Sarah Roberts (Sarandon).
Against a background of live performance and music by Bauhaus we first meet John and Miriam as they prowl a trendy NYC club in search of excitement and a bit of blood.
The last of a line of Egyptian vampires, Miriam Blaylock is immortal and her enigmatic presence dominates the film from beginning to end. Miriam's paramours over the centuries gain longevity from the mix of Miriam's blood with their own, but it comes with a price: after three hundred years they age rapidly and become living mummies.
Bowie's on-screen aura of wounded vulnerability provides a tragic depth to John's increasing despair over signs of his acclerated aging. He seeks help from gerontology reasearcher Dr. Sarah Roberts, who initially blows him off as a crank.
After realizing John Blaylock has aged decades in a matter of mere hours, Roberts visits the Blaylock mansion the next day to learn more. She encounters Miriam, home alone. The two women are taken with each other and we witness the famous seduction scene wherein Miriam impulsively decides that Sarah should become her next life companion.
What happens next we will not reveal, but the film has a surprise ending.
Did you know...
David Bowie actually learned to play the cello for his music scenes.
The famous love scene between Deneuve and Sarandon was shot on a closed set.
Beth Ehlers spent six weeks learning the basics of violin for her role as Alice Cavender.
Director Tony Scott had to actively campaign for the casting of Willem Dafoe in a small part.
Tony Scott discovered the rock group Bauhaus in a London nightclub and decided to put them in the movie.
Overriding protests by director and cast, the studio insisted on changing the ending, to facilitate a sequel.
The song "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus is heard during the opening credits and start of the film.
The bulk of the film was shot in London, with only one week's shooting in New York, for exteriors. The 19th Century mansion seen in the movie was a house located in the affluent London suburb of Mayfair.
David Bowie has been selective in choosing feature film performances:
Basquiat (Andy Warhol) 1996,
The Last Temptation of Christ (Pontius Pilate) 1988,
Labyrinth (Jareth the Goblin King) 1986,
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Maj. Celliers) 1983,
The Hunger (John Blaylock) 1983,
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Thomas Jerome Newton) 1976,
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Documentary) 1973.
THE HUNGER marked the final big screen appearance in the 68-year career of silver screen siren Bessie Love? Cincinnati old-timers may remember Bessie headlining a vaudeville company on the stage of the RKO Albee in 1930. Discovered by D.W. Griffith and the sister-in-law of director Howard Hawks, Oscar-nominee Bessie Love was the first person to perform the "Charleston" dance on-screen. Read more...