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Twisted Valentine – The Fan on 35mm
February 14 @ 8:45 pm - 11:45 pm
Cigarette Burns Cinema’s annual Twisted Valentine returns to the Barbican with West Germany’s intense DER FAN aka THE FAN aka TRANCE (for some strange reason).
Simone is the devoted fan of the film’s title, eagerly devouring every scrap of publicity the Gary Numan-esque pop star R tosses to his teen followers. In school, she spends her classes dreamily writing R unanswered love letters; at home, she stalks the postman in desperate hopes of a reply. She is entranced by R’s every television appearance; he seems to look directly through the TV screen at her, singing only to her. This must be love.
But you know what they say… Love will tear us apart.
Der Fan is drenched in 80s glamour and synthy German New Wave goodness. It’s a singular filmic experience, exploring the complexities of fanaticism and responsibility.
Easily one of CB’s favouritest films, and a perfect Valentine’s Day film.