Britney Spears going bald wasn't nearly as earth-shattering as when The Cure frontman Robert Smith chopped off his trademark tumbleweed of hair in the mid-'80s. You can see this in the beginning of The Cure: In Orange
, when bassist Simon Gallup playfully snatches off Smith's wig to reveal — gasp — a crew cut. Directed by Tim Pope and released in 1987 (but still not on DVD), the movie captures The Cure's 1986 performance at the Théâtre Antique d'Orange, a 1st-century Roman site in the South of France. Smith and the boys play a 23-song set of material ranging from the band's 1979 debut, Three Imaginary Boys
, to 1985's The Head on the Door
. Fans will know Pope as the man behind dozens of Cure videos (he also made vids for David Bowie, Neil Young, Siouxsie and the Banshees and many others), and hard-core fans will recall Pope's song "I Want to Be a Tree," recorded with The Cure. Orange
is a standard concert film but a hoot for anyone who doesn't remember when Smith was thin. Another blast from the past? The audience pogoing — a stark contrast to the band's L.A. gig at the Forum that same year, where a concertgoer was arrested for stabbing himself. Clearly, we're the bigger Cure fans. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District; Fri., Dec. 27, 9:45 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.
Fri., Dec. 27, 9:45 p.m., 2013