Catch Philly-shot "David and Lisa" at Broad Street Ministry

Pulp Cinema hosts a screening of "David and Lisa," a film about two deeply-damaged teens who fall in love, on Monday, April 2 at the Broad Street Ministry, free of charge, at 7 p.m. The 1962 film was shot in and around Philadelphia and features some nice scenes of old school Philly.

The film, directed by Frank Perry and written by his then-wife Eleanor, starred Keir Dullea (a/k/a David Bowman from "2001: A Space Odyssey") as David, a teenager who is convinced that he will die if anyone touches him. He communes with Lisa, a young woman with split personalities; one can only speak in rhyme, while the other can only write down her thoughts.

Pulp Cinema, the force behind the "David and Lisa" event, does not show anything on video, preferring 16mm film. "Film in general is very important to me, especially now that most places are starting to switch over to digital and in a few years film will truly be a thing of the past," said Dan Tabor, who chooses the films and funds Pulp Cinema entirely out-of-pocket. "I just think that experience of seeing a print that is battered, faded and scratched is a beautiful and wondrous thing you don't get from digital screenings."

The next film on Pulp Cinema's slate is "Antonio das Mortes," a Brazilian film from 1969 about a gun for hire who has a change of heart. It screens Monday, June 4. 

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