For Your Consideration
Following on from Gregory Peck's all-too-convenient bout of amnesia in Spellbound, your choices for what we'll be screening on Tue 19 Dec are out of three films in which... um... what were we talking about again?
Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, USA, 1985)
Rosanna Arquette stars a bored suburban housewife who suffers amnesia after an accident and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan (Madonna in her breakthrough role). Also staring Aiden Quin, John Turturro, Richard Hell (!) and Steven Wright(!!), Desperately Seeking Susan is not only a brilliant comedy but a thrilling depiction of NYC's Downtown boho scene of the 80s.
Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 2002)
Markku Peltola stars as a middle-aged welder who suffers amnesia after a brutal beating in a Helsinki park and starts living on the outskirts of the city as he slowly puts his life back on track. Man Without a Past is classic Kaurismäki that brings out the Finn's unique blend of humanity and offbeat humour.
Mr Arkadin (Orson Welles, Spain-Switzerland-France, 1955)
Orson Welles stars as Gregory Arkadin, an ageing millionaire who says he has suffered amnesia since the late 1920s and enlists an ex-con to carry out an odd bit of detective work. Described by Welles himself as the "biggest disaster" of his life, Mr Arkadin is nonetheless shot through with moments of genius and is a fascinating curio in the Welles cannon.