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MATINEE (1993)

USA, 1993 (MIFF 2010, Dante's Inferno)

Director: Joe Dante

“In this funny, philosophical salute to B-movies and the B-Moguls who made them, Dante looks back fondly on growing up with the apocalypse always in your mind.” - Washington Post

Genial, William Castle-esque impresario Lawrence Woosley heads to sunny Key West, Florida to launch his latest cinematic creation - a B-movie extravaganza (in Atomo-Vision and Rumble Rama) called MANT! But he finds the thrills of his monster-populated film competing with the chills of the Cuban Missile Crisis taking place just a few miles south. In Dante's subversive and affectionate portrait of Cold War America, it is hard to say which of the two are scarier, or more real.

“Joe Dante knows the truth - that the cinema of his childhood was haunted by the nation's guilt for Hiroshima.” - Bill Krohn

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