Dir. John Carpenter, US, 1988, 35mm, 94 min.
In 1988, at the height of the Reagan administration, John Carpenter released his cult classic, They Live. In the film a drifter named John Nada (played by pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper) sets off on an all-out class war with an alien elite who, as he discovers with the help of a special pair of sunglasses, have been living in our midst disguised as yuppies. Let loose on the mean streets of Los Angeles, Nada is aided in his quest to rid the earth of these consumption-driven, ecological parasites by fellow construction worker Frank Armitage (played by Keith David). Featuring a trademark Carpenter synth soundtrack and one of the most memorable fight scenes in cinema history, They Live will make you think twice about the subliminal messages that surround us and the machinations of power hiding in plain sight.
The screening is organized in conjunction with the ICA exhibition Myths of the Marble, which considers how the virtual is engaged by contemporary artists as a way to image and imagine the world as a site of possibility and a set of limitations. Visit www.icaphila.org
Special thanks to Harry Guerro.