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Strange Days

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Set two days before the turn of the year 2000, the L.A. streets here resemble a war zone. Ex-cop Lenny Nero is a black marketeer of illegal, mostly pornographic discs recorded directly from the user’s mind that then provide playback of a simulated first-person experience. Lenny uses the discs to re-live intimate moments with his ex-girlfriend Faith, a rock singer who is now dating a music producer. One of the producer’s artists, a controversial black rapper, is found shot to death, while Lenny acquires a disc that shows the brutal murder of a prostitute friend. It turns out the two crimes are related ... The film combines virtual reality and current events. This virtuoso production, infused throughout with a modern cyberpunk aesthetic, is as much a showcase for the “tech noir thriller” as a look at the realities in US society. The fate of rapper Jeriko One has distinct parallels to the mistreatment of Rodney King, the African-American who was beaten by California police in 1991, while a witness documented the events on video.

by
Kathryn Bigelow

USA 1995

English

145 min · Colour · 35 mm

Rating R16

With

Ralph Fiennes
Angela Bassett
Juliette Lewis
Tom Sizemore
Michael Wincott
Vincent D’Onofrio

Crew

Director
Kathryn Bigelow
Screenplay
James Cameron, Jay Cocks, based on an idea by James Cameron
Director of Photography
Matthew F. Leonetti
Editor
Howard Smith
Music
Graeme Revell
Sound
Gary Rydstrom
Production Design
Lilly Kilvert
Special Effects
James S. Trois
Costumes
Ellen Mirojnick
Make-up
Michael Germain
Producers
James Cameron, Steven-Charles Jaffe

Produced by

Lightstorm Entertainment

Copy: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Los Angeles