<i>Streets of Fire</i>


Time has been very kind to Walter Hill's Edward Hopper–ish punk musical Streets of Fire (1984), a "rock 'n' roll fable" about a kidnapped singer (Diane Lane), her two rival love interests (Michael Paré and, uh, Rick Moranis), and the guyliner-and-leather-fishing-waders-clad biker who also pines for her (Willem Dafoe, naturally). Despite some wooden acting (looking at you, Paré and Moranis), Streets of Fire remains a triumph of art deco–inspired production design and flinty dialogue (co-written by director Hill and Larry Gross, the latter of whom will speak with the Voice's Bilge Ebiri following this screening). First-time viewers and diehard fans alike are bound to fall in love with Hill's campy urban fantasy, set in a city with a serious steam problem, neon-lit puddles, and a population of captivating misfits, including Bill Paxton, the Blasters, Lynne Thigpen, punk rocker Lee Ving, and a young Robert Townsend, too.


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