My Own Private Idaho
1991 | Drama | 104 min | R
Event Info
Cinema Revolution
Plays Monday, May 22 at 7:00 PM. This American independent adventure drama follows two friends, Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott (Keanu Reeves), as they embark on a journey of personal discovery that takes them from Portland to Idaho and finally on to Italy. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V.

Programmer's Note

In terms of directors setting the tone for modern Art House cinema, Gus Van Sant tops the list. This film has a depth that probably wasn’t seen at first. The Shakespeare influence was why it resonated; it provided a brainier take on things. The emotional resonance in the characters was really important. This is a film you might overlook of his—it’s a critical success, but you might go to the more recent Milk first and forget about My Own Private Idaho—But it’s the film of his. It’s THE one.

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