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Free Screening: Christine

2016, 115 min, color, DCP
Written by Craig Shilowich; directed by Antonio Campos; with Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, and Tracy Letts

Includes a conversation with actor Rebecca Hall, and director Antonio Campos

A film that’s simultaneously a character study, a melodrama, and a real-life horror movie set in the 1970s, Christine is based on the story of Florida TV reporter Christine Chubbock, who killed herself on the air. As played by Rebecca Hall (from a script by Craig Shilowich), the movie shows a character who’s alternately anxious and aloof, surrounded by people who all want something different from her. And all of whom, in her way, she’s trying to please. There’s the smooth-but-thoughtful anchor (Michael C. Hall), whose glibness doesn’t mask his devotion to serious newsgathering. But Christine’s ambition is stoked by a boss (Tracy Letts), whose need to fill a growing hunger for sensational stories that prey on the viewers’ fears (or create them) plays into her own weaknesses to be seen. Director Antonio Campos has shown a skill for taking viewers in the slowly dissolving psyches of protagonists (Afterschool, Simon Killer). Campos deftly underplays his hand in this final days drama that—in the best way possible—plays like what Anchorman would have been like in the real world.

In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA

LACMA | Bing Theater

Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and the New York Times Film Club members can reserve tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 18. | Free; limit two tickets per membership. | Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period. | Reserve Tickets

LACMA member and general-admission tickets can be reserved starting at 12 pm on Thursday, August 25. | Free; limit two tickets. | Reserve Tickets

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for the screening can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seats may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.