"Prime Cut"

Nov. 5

1972's "Prime Cut" is one of those movies that when you know someone who knows about it and likes it, you might have found a lifelong friend. It's a weird one: a Midwest-set gangster movie about meat-packing and debt with a number of controversial and surreal touches (including a scene in which women are naked and auctioned off like cattle as sex slaves). It would never get made these days. It is very '70s. And it is essentially a farce, though a dark farce that includes Gene Hackman as a gangster who uses the meat-packing plant to grind up his enemies and again, this whole very strange Jodorowsky-ian touch of conflating sex trafficking with how cattle are treated in this country. It's also the work of Michael Ritchie, one of American movies' more underrated filmmakers whose run in the '70s is pretty much unmatched: "Downhill Racer," "Prime Cut," "The Candidate," "Smile," "The Bad News Bears," and "Semi-Tough." Quite an oeuvre right there. 9 p.m., Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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