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Philip Kaufman’s San Francisco-set remake of the horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers brings the terror of an alien invasion to a new era. Swapping out the McCarthyism-infused dread of Don Siegel’s 1956 original for the more Watergate era-appropriate paranoia of a conspiracy film, Kaufman pulls off the near impossible. He crafts a film that manages to pay tribute to its justifiably heralded source while also standing on its own as a modern masterpiece. As health inspector Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), his co-worker Elizabeth (Brooke Adams) and their friends the Bellicecs (Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright ) notice changes in the people around them, they begin to suspect malevolent forces at work. Not knowing who they can trust, tMatt and Elizabeth try to prevent an alien takeover—if it hasn’t already happened. With a cleverly updated script by W.D. Richter, a sneaky wit that never undercuts the film’s scares and the aid of some then-state of the art special effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers manages to be many things: A rumination on the dangers of conformity, a parody of the self-help movement (including none other than Leonard Nimoy as a New Age psychotherapist), a cautionary tale against trusting authority and, most importantly, a genuinely terrifying filmgoing experience.
Prior to the presentation, from 7:00-7:30pm, Philip Kaufman and Annette Insdorf will be signing copies of Insdorf's book "Philip Kaufman" in the Castro mezzanine. Books will be on sale, cash only, in the lobby.