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Retrofantasma: Rollerball and Fahrenheit 451

When: Fri., May 4, 7 p.m. 2012

Visit futures of days past at this month's Retrofantasma. First up is 1975's Rollerball, in which James Caan battles amid the ruthless, bloodthirsty sport of the future. True, it's an allegory for Roman gladiator matches, but is it that much worse than modern reality TV? An evil John Houseman co-stars in what might be one of the only 35mm prints left of this one. (Avoid the 2002 remake at all costs.)

Up next are Oskar Werner and Julie Christie in Fahrenheit 451, Francois Truffaut's 1966 film of Ray Bradbury's classic anti-censorship novel about a future in which firemen set fires—to books, specifically. Bradbury was somewhat annoyed by this adaptation, specifically because they didn't have the book's Mechanical Hound. And he's right: That hound was awesome. Could Bradbury have ever predicted the Kindle? Well, I think Isaac Asimov did, anyway. The double feature starts at 7 p.m. and costs $8. —Zack Smith

Price: $8

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