The Hours and Times
1991, Christopher Munch, USA, 57 min.
With David Angus, Ian Hart
- Fri, Nov 8th 4:30pm
- Sat, Nov 9th 5:00pm
"Brilliant and concise."—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Along with such films as SWOON, POISON, and THE LIVING END, Christopher Munch's audacious first feature is one of the foundational works of the New Queer Cinema movement that arose in the early 1990s. The story is a speculative fiction extrapolated from a real event: a four-day getaway to Barcelona taken by John Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein in April 1963, just before the full explosion of Beatlemania. Most of the film is set in their hotel suite, as the cultured, gay Epstein (Angus) and the working-class, hetero-but-curious Lennon (Hart) circle around the issue of taking their affection for each other to the next level. Etched in austere, observant black-and-white images that dispel any traces of gossipy exploitation, THE HOURS AND TIMES is a poignant and nuanced portrait of deep male friendship tested by incipient fame and sexual tension. DCP digital. Preservation funding provided by Oscilloscope Laboratories and Sundance Institute. (MR)