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Classic Cinema From Around the World will present Delicatessen at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Courtyard Gallery, 109 Roberts St. in the Phil Mechanic Studios building, River Arts District. Info: 273-3332.
Genre: Futuristic Black Comedy
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro
Starring: Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard, Rufus
Rated: R

Delicatessen (1991), the film that introduced Messrs. Jeunet et Caro to the moviegoing world, continues to be a marvel of filmmaking. It’s also a twisted delight every time I encounter it—and this latest viewing was no different. It always astonishes me how a film this darkly comedic can also be warm and almost giddily romantic. It’s a film that I reviewed not so long ago, writing, “There’s a freshness in this ramshackle tale of a society on the brink of starvation that’s been driven to cannibalism as a viable lifestyle, and it’s grounded in comedy that’s fully as grotesque and disturbing as it is bleakly funny.” I am going to direct your attention to that review:

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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