02.08.2017 | posted 9 months, 14 days ago
Roxy Cinema Salutes Fashion Week
A signature pride of the Roxy Hotel is its reverence to the cultural heritage of New York City. Music has always been paramount in this equation with a diverse repertoire of musical acts and our featured DJ’s spinning strictly vinyl records. With the expansion of the Roxy Cinema, film has become another object of devotion, featuring new themes each week in honor of the movies, filmmakers, and stars of the celluloid firmament. But New York is and will always be an epicenter of the fashion world, and with Fashion Week close upon us, the Roxy Cinema honors its glamor and mystique on the screen. The series kicks off with the 20th Anniversary Screening of The Fifth Element on Thursday, and continues through Saturday with a flashback to the 1970s with The Eyes of Laura Mars & Mahogany.
The Eyes of Laura Mars centers around its eponymous heroine (Faye Dunaway), a controversial fashion photographer with a violent edge to her vision. Her world is one of wealth, sex, and the most voguish of circles until prophetic visions begin to haunt her with grisly premonitions. The dawning of this supernatural gift plagues her further with anxiety as the visions come to manifest in the deaths of those closest to her. Tommy Lee Jones is the detective on the case, and the mystery unfolds in chilling giallo-style chapters marked with elegance and bloodshed. Director Irvin Kershner would go on to direct monoliths like Never Say Never Again and The Empire Strikes Back; and The Eyes of Laura Mars was the screenwriting debut of Hollywood Horror legend, John Carpenter.
Mahognany begins in the ghettos of Chicago, where Diana Ross plays Tracy Chambers, an aspiring fashion student in love with civil rights activist, Brian Walker (Billy Dee Williams). The two separate as Chambers rises to fame as a model, Walker questioning her motives as she triumphs against the racist and sexist sensibilities prevalent in the industry at the time. The beauty and innovation of fashion are detailed exquisitely through cinema, as are the shadow sides of the industry’s degeneracy and the dangers it poses of crises around identity and integrity. Issues around prevailing pressures of sexual identity are also addressed by the role of Tracy’s benefactor played by Anthony Perkins (somewhat revisiting his role of Norman Bates in Psycho). The film marks a directorial first for Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records who skyrocketed the careers of The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson Five.
So the Roxy invites you to take a break from the tumult of New York Fashion Week with some time in our cinema….whether you’re needing a breather after power-brunch, gearing up for a night of parties, or nursing painful hangover. You can even sneak off to a midnight screening on Saturday of Russ Meyer’s cult midnight classic Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
THE EYES OF LAURA MARS (1978)
Screening Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 4:30pm
Director: Irvin Kershner
Cast: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones
Screening Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 8:00pm
Director: Berry Gordy
Cast: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins
Words by M.Pellerano