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WHAT HAPPENED TO JONES? d. William A Seiter, 1926 + Intro by Simon Albertini + Live Piano Accompaniment by Cyrus Gabrysch at BFI Southbank (01 MAR 14:15):
- “You might recognise Reginald Denny from his part as the personable estate manager in Hitchcock’s REBECCA (1940) or as Algy in the 1930s Bulldog Drummond series, but in his youth this dashing actor from Richmond, Surrey was the toast of Hollywood. This cracking farce on a ‘night before the wedding’ theme, scripted by Melville W Brown, showcases Denny’s gift for comedy and his likeable personality.”
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Read our writeup of LITTLE JOE + Jessica Hausner In Conversation (21 FEB), part of THE CINEMA OF JESSICA HAUSNER at BFI (until 05 MAR).
We’ve posted our guide to this year’s BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ Film Festival (18 to 29 MAR) including our ‘top ten best of the fest‘.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
OUTSIDE THE CITY d. Nick Hamer, 2019 + Q&A at Rio Cinema (01 MAR 15:45):
- “The monks of Leicestershire’s Mount St Bernard Abbey, the only Trappist monastery in England, are an ageing community of 25 men who have turned their backs on consumer society to focus on spirituality. Although mindfulness of God and fraternal communion are the rules of the order, they must still evolve in order to preserve their ages-old way of life.”
PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 + Panel inc. the director, Leilani Farha (UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing), & Nicholas Burton (Grenfell Tower survivor & campaigner) at Picturehouse Central (01 MAR 14:00):
- Guardian Live presents: “Landlords without faces. Apartments without renters. A documentary exploring the new, unliveable city. Despite housing’s status a fundamental human right and a precondition to a safe and healthy life, it is becoming almost impossible to find an affordable place to live in cities across the world.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- Anna Biller (THE LOVE WITCH) Short Film Collection presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (01 MAR 14:00).
- Derek Jarman Documentary Screenings presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (01 MAR 19:30).
- GONE WITH THE WIND d. Victor Flemming, 1939 at Regent Street Cinema (01 MAR 18:30 + Intermission).
- HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON TRILOGY at The Prince Charles (01 MAR 12:05).
- JOKER d. Todd Phillips, 2019 at Watermans (01 MAR 12:45).
- MIDNIGHT FAMILY d. Luke Lorentzen, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (01 MAR 18:40).
- MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (01 MAR 14:40).
- MR. JONES d. Agnieszka Holland, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (01 MAR 16:20).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
1950s HITCHCOCK at The Prince Charles (JAN to APR):
- THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH 35mm d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1956 (01 MAR 18:15).
1999 – 2019: EXPLORING 20 YEARS OF SCI-FI at The Prince Charles (2020):
- COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 (28 FEB to 05 MAR/Check venue to details).
AMAZING GRACE at Regent Street Cinema (MAR to APR):
- HIGH NOON d. Fred Zinnemann, 1952 (01 MAR 14:00).
AUTOBIOGRAPHY & AUTOFICTION at Ciné Lumière (02 FEB to 31 MAR):
- COUP DE FOUDRE d. Diane Kurys, 1983 (01 MAR 14:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND aka Kaze no tani no Naushika d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1984 (01 MAR 12:45 – Subtitled).
THE CINEMA OF JESSICA HAUSNER at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- New Releases: LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 (21 FEB to 05 MAR/Check venue for details).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- WILD RIVER d. Elia Kazan, 1960 (01 MAR 14:10).
- SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS 35mm d. Elia Kazan, 1961 (01 MAR 16:30).
- AMERICA, AMERICA 35mm aka The Anatolian Smile d. Elia Kazan, 1963 (01 MAR 19:15).
ESSENTIAL CINEMA at Close-Up (DEC to MAR):
- LA DOLCE VITA d. Federico Fellini, 1960 (01 MAR 19:00).
HER LENS, HIS STORY: FEMALE DIRECTORS & MASCULINITIES at Barbican (26 FEB to 10 MAR):
- DEATH IS A CARESS 35mm d. Edith Carlmar, 1949 + Intro by Isabel Stevens (01 MAR 15:00).
JACK LEMMON IN… at Regent Street Cinema (MAR to APR):
- SOME LIKE IT HOT d. Billy Wilder, 1959 (01 MAR 16:00).
RIGHTS AT RISK: YESTERDAY / TOMORROW at DocHouse (06 FEB to 01 MAR):
- PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 (28 FEB to 05 MAR/Check venue for details).
- THE PLAN THAT CAME FROM THE BOTTOM UP d. Steve Sprung, 2018 + Panel Discussion (01 MAR 14:00).
ROMCOMS at House Of Vans (06 FEB to 01 MAR – FREE!/No booking required):
- ANNIE HALL d. Woody Allen, 1977 (01 MAR 14:00 & 16:00 – FREE!).
TILDA SWINTON at BFI Southbank (MAR):
- WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN d. Lynne Ramsay, 2011 (01 MAR 17:40).
- SNOWPIERCER d. Bong Joon-ho, 2013 + Q&A with the director & Tilda Swinton (01 MAR 19:20 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!/Check venue).
- CARAVAGGIO d. Derek Jarman, 1986 (01 MAR 20:20 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!/Check venue).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London this week include:
- Burnt Roti Festival (01 MAR).
COLOR OUT OF SPACE d. Richard Stanley, 2019 at The Prince Charles (01 MAR 15:30, 18:25 & 21:00):
- “A cosmic nightmare from the minds of H.P. Lovecraft and cult director, Richard Stanley, COLOR OUT OF SPACE follows Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage), Theresa Gardner (Joely Richardson) and their three children, (Madeleine Arthur, Brenden Meyer and Julian Hilliard), whose recent retreat to rural life quickly crumbles when a meteorite crashes into their front yard.”
DARK WATERS d. Todd Haynes, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (01 MAR 20:40):
- “A tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth.”
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER d. Beniamino Barrese, 2019 at ICA (01 MAR 16:45):
- “As an iconic fashion model during the 1960s, Benedetta Barzini was a muse to Warhol, Dali, Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, Benedetta has become exhausted with the various roles that life has imposed upon her and decides escape the world of images and disappear for good.”
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE d. Céline Sciamma, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (01 MAR 11:50, 14:45, 17:30 & 20:40):
- “Set in late 18th century France, painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband. While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret, observing Héloïse by day and painting her by night. However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy and attraction begins to blossom, paving the way for a simmering, star-crossed romance.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- EMMA d. Autumn de Wilde, 2020 at Catford Mews (until 05 MAR). FIRST LOVE aka Hatsukoi d. Takashi Miike, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 05 MAR). THE GOOD LIAR d. Bill Condon, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (02 to 08 MAR). JOJO RABBIT d. Taika Waititi, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 05 MAR). THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at The Prince Charles (28 FEB to 05 MAR). LITTLE JOE d. Jessica Hausner, 2019 at Catford Mews (28 FEB to 05 MAR). PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 at Rich Mix (until 05 MAR). PUSH d. Fredrik Gertten, 2019 at Rio Cinema (29 FEB to 05 MAR). QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 04 MAR). THE RHYTHM SECTION d. Reed Morano, 2020 at Watermans (28 FEB to 05 MAR). TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG d. Justin Kurzel, 2019 at Rich Mix (28 FEB to 05 MAR). WAITING FOR ANYA d. Ben Cookson, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (01 to 05 MAR).
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