The last time the Chinese historical epic Red Cliff was at the Starz FilmCenter, it was the mangled, cut-to-the-bone version aimed at soothing the sensibilities of attention span-challenged Americans. Not this time.
"What has been missing is about two and a half hours of film, so there's got to be something there," explains Keith Garcia, programming manager for the Denver Film Society. "There's a lot of backstory and emotional drama that plays into the fight scenes a bit more. I always try to give people a chance to see everything the way it's meant to be seen. I wish I had known about the availability of this version when we showed it before."
Now the full, unabridged saga has come for a three-day engagement, and it's a whole lot of Red Cliff five hours of glorious war epic detailing the fall of the Han dynasty in director John Woo's inimitable style. "He's bringing in both emotion and action in a riveting way," Garcia promises. "And there are still plenty of slow-motion birds."
See it tonight at 7 p.m., at 1 or 7 p.m. tomorrow or 1 p.m. Sunday at Starz FilmCenter, in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus. Tickets for this special presentation are $15 general admission and $12 for DFS members; for more details, go to www.denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456.
March 19-21, 2010