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Institute of Contemporary Arts
2 people in dark blue/purple lighting. One is holding the others hair and they are staring at each other intensely
Salvation!, dir. Beth B, USA 1987, 80 min., English.

Exploding out of the Super 8 movement of 1980s New York, Beth B’s first solo feature is a fervent satire on the televangelism that crept across American TV screens through the 1970s and 1980s.

Salvation! follows devoutly religious Rhonda Stample (Exene Cervenka, singer of LA punk band X), her devoutly non-religious husband Jerome (a young Viggo Mortensen), and his beautiful, seductive sister Lenore (Dominique Davalos) who all get mixed up in a web of blackmail and sex with repressed televangelist Reverend Randall (Stephen McHattie). Naturally, things only get further out of hand from there.

B’s film is both outré and garish, and is given an extra shot in the arm by a stellar soundtrack featuring Cabaret Voltaire, New Order and Arthur Baker.


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