You are Cordially Invited to Dinner and a Movie with the Central Asian Studies Society (CASS)
“The Bodyguard” (Telokhranitel)
February 19th at 3PM
at the Gene Siskel Film Center
Discounted Student Ticket Price is $7, and after the film students are invited to Jibek Jolu to sample traditional Kyrgyz dishes.
Please RSVP to Perry Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 14 if you plan to participate in both the screening and dinner so travel arrangements can be made.
1979, Ali Khamraev, USSR/Tadzhikistan, 91 min.
With Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Gulya Tashbayeva
Like THE SEVENTH BULLET (playing Feb. 26 & 28), THE BODYGUARD is an example of the “Red Western,” set again during the Basmachi Revolt of the 1920s. This time, however, the primary reference point is not Sergio Leone, but the classic Hollywood westerns of Budd Boetticher and Anthony Mann. When a Basmachi leader is captured, the Red Army enlists a veteran local hunter to escort the prisoner, accompanied by his servant and daughter, across difficult terrain, pursued every step of the way by I a relentless Basmachi usurper and his soothsayer wife. The morally ambiguous power struggles among the beleaguered group recall Mann’s great THE NAKED SPUR, as do the spectacular landscapes of snowy mountain and vast desert. In Russian with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)