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20th Century Cube Presents The Exiles (1961)

Tue 9 March 2010 // 20:00

(Tue 9th, 8pm / Weds 10th, 11am (babycinema) / £4/3, £2: babycinema only) (Kent MacKenzie / USA / 1961 / 72 minutes)

20th Century Cube presents a cult classic: The Exiles chronicles a weekend night in the lives of a group of young native Americans living on the boundaries of society in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. The film is
based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends - scenes of which were then re-enacted by the original interviewees playing themselves.
As the night hots up the film follows the group of "exiles" who have moved to the city from south west reservations as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and boogie the night away to jukebox garage rock. The fast paced dialogue and shadowy black ad white footage have influenced and inspired many films (spot the Tarantino references!) MacKenzie manages to capture the hard reality of the standing of the native American population in LA matched against the youthful energy and feisty attitude of the group towards the society that is
marginalising them.