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Co-directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s follow-up to their 1991 Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children at times plays like a version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea directed by Terry Gilliam. The cast of characters is unpredictable and bizarre: a carnival strongman (Ron Perlman, speaking French phonetically in one of his breakthrough roles), a half-dozen clones (Dominique Pinon), a frightening dream-stealer (Daniel Emilfork), a resourceful little girl (Judith Vittet), and a talking brain (a voice turn from the great Jean-Louis Trintignant). The film is screening as part of Nitehawk’s series on the composer Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks, Lost Highway), and it’s saying something about Badalamenti’s enchanting talent that his score has no problem measuring up to the demented, distorted, effects-heavy images of cinematographer Darius Khondji.
Sat., March 8, 11:55 a.m.; Sun., March 9, 11:55 a.m., 2014