Museum Films in Black & White
Friday, November 27 | 8 pm
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Winner of four Academy awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Parasite returns to OKCMOA’s Noble Theater in a special Black & White director’s cut that will allow viewers to see Bong Joon Ho’s (Okja, Snowpiercer) exhilarating art-house blockbuster in a revelatory new light.
“I’m extremely happy to present Parasite in black and white and have it play on the big screen,” Bong said in a statement. “It will be fascinating to see how the viewing experience changes when an identical film is presented in black and white. I watched the black-and-white version twice now, and at times the film felt more like a fable and gave me the strange sense that I was watching a story from old times. The second time I watched it, the film felt more realistic and sharp as if I was being cut by a blade. It also further highlighted the actors’ performances and seemed to revolve more around the characters. I had many fleeting impressions of this new version, but I do not wish to define them before it is presented.”
Parasite follows a struggling family of four as they gradually hatch a scheme to work for, and as a result infiltrate, the wealthy household of an entrepreneur, his seemingly frivolous wife, and their troubled kids. How they go about doing this—and how their best-laid plans spiral out to destruction and madness—constitutes one of the wildest, scariest, and most unexpectedly affecting movies in years, a portrayal of contemporary class resentment that deservedly won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or.
Described by Bong himself as “a comedy without clowns and a tragedy without villains,” the film moves quickly from one tone to another, mixing pathos and satire with thrills and drama, in a perfectly controlled blend of many different genres. A vertical story of class struggle — punctuated by staircase scenes going from moldy basements to top floors, from darkness to breezy spaces designed by star architects —Parasite is both riveting and rigorous in its depiction of the extremes to which human beings push themselves in a world of unending, unbridgeable economic inequality.
Director Bong Joon Ho | 2019 | In English and Korean with English subtitles | 132 minutes | R (for language, some violence and sexual content) | DCP