Medium Rare Cinema presents Burn!

You may recall the post I did back in May regarding my visit to Mt. Airy’s Video Library for a screening of a fan edit of John Woo’s Bullet in the Head.  Well, local film critic/Medium Rare Cinema programmer Adam Lippe is at it again with a special presentation of Gillo Pontecorvo’s Burn! (1969) as you’ve never seen it before.  In his own words:

This will be a cut of the film never before shown.  You see, when the film was released in the US in 1970, United Artists cut 20 minutes of the film, mostly political material, in fear of alienating the Spanish government.  This was slightly rectified in 2004 when the uncut version was released to repertory theaters, but unfortunately entirely dubbed into Italian.  This eliminated Marlon Brando’s brilliant vocal performance in the film, even if the film itself was more complete.  This new version uses the uncut version and Brando’s voice (except when his vocals were not available).

So to summarize, Adam will be inserting Brando’s English dialogue from the original cut into the uncut version.  I know some of you are excited.

Burn! screens on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 PM.  Admission is $7 and there will be prizes, free popcorn, and a post-film discussion.

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Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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