Thankfully, Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" (1997) still fits. Last Friday, hundreds of QT's faithful gathered to watch the film on the grassy lawn in front of the Proud Bird, a restaurant near LAX and many other South Bay locations featured in the film. The exhibition was part of the Alamo Drafthouse's "Rolling Roadshow" tour in which movies are exhibited near or at the locales where crucial scenes took place. Generously sponsored by Levi Co., the event attracted hundreds of spectators who braved the unseasonably cool night (as well as the constant noise of airplanes landing on the airstrip across the street).Quentin Tarantino and Robert Forster introduced the film and kept spirits high.
If you haven't seen it already, "Jackie Brown" focuses on a character not usually found in Hollywood pictures -- a working-class African-American woman who tries to make ends meet. Jackie is an airline stewardess who uses her ability to bypass the custom's line by transporting large amounts of cash from Mexico to Los Angeles.
Not since "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" have we seen a film that depicts class/race/gender awareness so well without resorting to PC talking points. Instead, Tarantino creates a loving character study that makes the movie just as relevant today as fifteen years ago. In case, you missed this screening, do not fret. The Drafthouse travels around the United States to present these unique screenings. For the upcoming screenings of the Great American Classics, please, check: http://www.drafthouse.com