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Culture Club Presents “The Sadist”

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 7, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues April 7, 2009 with a screening of James Landis’s 1963 film, The Sadist. Ten years before director Terrance Malick adapted the story of spree killer Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, into his lyrical film Badlands, B-director James Landis adapted the Starkweather story in The Sadist. If Malick’s Badlands is poetry, The Sadist is, by contrast, hardboiled, dime-store prose: when their car breaks down on a trip to Los Angeles, a group of suburban school teachers are terrorized at gunpoint by Starkweather-stand-in, Charlie Tibbs (Arch Hall, Jr.), and his childish girlfriend, Judy (Marilyn Manning). The hostages will have to become as brutal as their tormentors if they want to survive.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

Founded in 2007 by Mark S. Bernard and Colin Helb, the “Tuesdays at the Gish” film series is dedicated to bringing public domain, obscure, and independent films to northwest Ohio. The films are shown free of charge and are open to the public. The film series is a collaboration between The Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars’ Association and the Department of Theatre and Film. The 2008-2009 film series are curated by Mark S. Bernard and Colin Helb with Dr. Cynthia Baron.

To contact the curators for the Tuesdays at the Gish Film Series, please send an e-mail to to the attention of “Tuesdays at the Gish.”


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