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Lawrence Kasden’s “infamously steamy” neo-noir “Body Heat” at the Post

By Jim Reed/SMN
For those of you who may have missed last week’s column, allow me to impress upon you just how cool it is that the Tybee Post Theater is hosting a one-show-only presentation of award-winning filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan’s infamously steamy 1981 neo-noir “Body Heat” this Thursday, Dec. 8.

I say “infamously steamy” because those of us who saw this dark and bold erotically charged murder thriller in the theater way back when it was first released may never completely forget its sultry performances (chiefly by the dynamic romantic duo of William Hurt and Kathleen Turner), unapologetically chiaroscuro lighting schemes, labyrinthine storyline and borderline ridiculous dialogue.

In this rather audacious directorial debut, Kasdan — who may be best known for writing the screenplays to both “The Empire Strikes Back” and the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — payed deft tribute to classic, hard-boiled, femme fatale-laden film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s, while still managing to inject a modern, early-’80s sensibility into this tale of lust, violence and betrayal in the humid environs of debauched central Florida. No less a film fanatic and learned critic than the late Roger Ebert named “Body Heat” one of the 10 Best Films of 1981.

While the Tybee Post is billing this special presentation as a “Date Night,” the truth of the matter is that even though a torrid affair lies at the heart of its plot, this film would not normally be classified as any sort of romantic destination. It’s filled with gloriously ugly personalities and sordid behavior. In other words, it’s deliriously trashy! If you have never seen it in an uncensored form, and/or on the big screen, do your best to attend. Showtime is 7 p.m., with $10 admission (includes complimentary glass of wine for those 21 and older).

The Beatles at the beach

A couple of nights later, the Tybee Post presents a two-night run of award-winning director (and former Opie) Ron Howard’s 2016 rockumentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” which focuses strictly on the pop sensations’ live performances from their years as a touring act, before they quit the road to concentrate solely on crafting studio recordings. From their legendary, unhinged club dates at Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their final sold-out show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the film includes never-before seen live clips of the band, as well as exclusive, candid interviews from the group’s members themselves.

Most notably, Howard’s doc includes — for the first time — a newly upgraded 4K digital restoration of the original 35mm film footage (shot by Ed Sullivan Productions) of the Beatles’ famed 1965 Shea Stadium concert. The audio portion of this footage was remastered by Giles Martin, whose late father George Martin played a pivotal role in crafting the sound of most all the Beatles’ albums. Most everyone who saw the film during its brief theatrical run earlier this year (it only played on one local screen for a single week) loved it, as its current, enviable score of 95 percent on RottenTomatoes.com attests. The film will screen at 7 p.m. on both Dec. 10 and 11, with Saturday night’s screening followed by a live Beatles tribute concert by local British Invasion-influenced rock ‘n’ roll band The Hypnotics. Admission on Saturday is $18 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. Admission to Sunday night’s screening (sans concert) is $7 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.

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