The Grime and the Glamour: Ms 45 (aka Angel of Vengeance) (18*)

8.45pm

4 October 2017
Cinema 3
Bronx-born Abel Ferrara is one of the master chroniclers of New York's seamy underbelly, along with Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet. Here, New York City is a violent labyrinth, crudely divided between predators and prey. But here’s the twist: our gun-toting urban vigilante is a she.

Mute seamstress Thana (Zoe Lund) is raped once, twice – and then something snaps. Armed and dressed all in black, she walks the maze of New York streets, crossing and re-crossing the city, laying waste to a good chunk of Manhattan’s male population. When she wanders into a menacing Central Park, it’s with the swagger of an old-time gunslinger.

Ultra-low-budget, massively raw-edged, Ms 45 was filmed in and around Ferrara’s Union Square loft, and features plenty of documentary-like, even stolen-looking shots of the city’s homeless and debris-strewn back alleys.

US 1981 Dir Abel Ferrara 80 min Digital presentation



Please note, this film contains scenes of strong sexual violence
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