Chariots of Fire
DIRECTOR: HUGH HUDSON
CAST: BEN CROSS, IAN CHARLESON, NICHOLAS FARRELL
Selected by Isabelle Gillies as part of Staff Picks: Kim's Video, a series made up of film selections and introductions by a number of former Kim's store clerks. Staff Picks will continue throughout 2022, each month featuring selections that celebrate the small and specialty video stores, independent theatres, and community hubs where passionate film lovers gather.
Presented with an In-Theater Introduction from Isabelle Gillies for the Saturday, 01/22 Screening
“Chariots Of Fire came out in 1981, when I was 11, and my friends and I went to see it every Friday it was playing (not sure where our parents were). There is something spiritual about Hudson’s film: the period settings, all that running, and the synth-heavy score by Vangelis, which has stayed with me always. From the choir singing the hymn ‘Jerusalem’ to the Gilbert and Sullivan tunes that are sprinkled throughout—the music, for me, goes very deep. I was in love with everyone in the film, most of all Ben Cross. It’s political, it’s thrilling, it’s elegant, and human. The line ‘God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure’ strikes a different chord in me with each passing decade. It was a film I felt confident recommending at Kim’s Video, to just about anyone.”—Isabel Gillies