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THE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALL-STARS & MOTOR KINGS 35mm d. John Badham, 1976 + Intro by Rebecca Nicole Williams at The Cinema Museum (02 FEB 15:30):
- The Celluloid Sorceress presents: “The first theatrical feature of director John Badham stars Billy Dee Williams as Bingo Long, optimistic showman playing ball in the “Negro Leagues” of the segregated America of the 1930s. Considering the owners of the Negro League clubs no better than their white counterparts, Bingo assembles a breakaway team of rogue players.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE BATTLE OF CHILE: 45th Anniversary Screening d. Patricio Guzman, 1975/1976/1978 at Deptford Cinema (02 FEB 14:00):
- Wavelength presents: “Instantly recognised as a landmark of political documentary when it debuted at Cannes, THE BATTLE OF CHILE – banned in Chile for 22 years – is an urgent, epic, gripping chronicle of a crucial moment in 20th century politics: of Chile’s open, peaceful socialist revolution and the violent counter-revolution against it.”
THE BIG PARADE d. King Vidor, 1925 + Intro by Michael Hammond + Live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand at BFI Southbank (02 FEB 13:30):
- “One of the biggest Hollywood hits of the silent era, THE BIG PARADE wraps every WWI trope – the unlikely hero, the French girl, the comradeship, the horrors of battle – into a tidy narrative. But these were not yet clichés in 1925 and it’s easy to see why this powerful, funny, romantic anti-war film became a model against which all WWI dramas would be measured.”
THE PAINTED BIRD d. Václav Marhoul, 2019 preview at Phoenix Cinema (02 FEB 19:30):
- UK Jewish Film presents: “Separated from his parents, a nameless Jewish boy wanders through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, unfalteringly looking for a glimmer of hope in a world of extreme brutality. Based on the 1965 novel by Jerzy Kosiñski, THE PAINTED BIRD is a nightmarish experience, but, shot in 35mm monochrome, also ravishingly beautiful.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- SHOAH d. Claude Lanzmann, 1985 for Holocaust Memorial Day at Close-Up (02 FEB – First Era, Part 1 11:00-13:35 / First Era, Part 2 14:05-16:05 / Second Era, Part 1 16:20-19:00 / Second Era, Part 2 19:45-22:00).
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (02 FEB 18:40).
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (02 FEB 19:40).
- AMANDA d. Mikhaël Hers, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (02 FEB 12:25).
- ANNE FRANK: PARALLEL STORIES d. Sabina Fedeli & Anna Migotto, 2020 at JW3 (02 FEB 15:30).
- BRIGHTBURN d. David Yarovesky, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (02 FEB 18:00).
- BUTTERFLY d. Alessandro Cassigoli & Casey Kauffman, 2018 at DocHouse (02 FEB 14:00).
- CYRANO DE BERGERAC d. Jean-Paul Rappeneau, 1990 at Ciné Lumière (02 FEB 16:00).
- GROUNDHOG DAY d. Harold Ramis, 1993 on Groundhog Day at The Prince Charles (02 FEB 13:15 & 15:40).
- IÇERDEKILER aka Insiders d. Hüseyin Karabey, 2018 + Q&A with the director presented by Balik Arts at Rio Cinema (02 FEB 15:15).
- IF ONE THING MATTERS: A FILM ABOUT WOLFGANG TILLMANS d. Heiko Kalmbach, 2008 presented by Deeper Into Movies at SET (02 FEB 14:00).
- THE KINGMAKER d. Lauren Greenfield, 2019 at DocHouse (02 FEB 20:00).
- PRESENT. PERFECT d. Zhu Shengze, 2019 at ICA (02 FEB 12:10).
- UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (02 FEB 17:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
1950s HITCHCOCK at The Prince Charles (JAN to APR):
- REAR WINDOW 35mm d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 (02 FEB 18:15).
ACADEMY AT REGENT ST. at Regent Street Cinema (JAN to FEB):
- DIABOLIQUE d. Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955 (02 FEB 14:30).
AMERICAN NEW WAVE at The Prince Charles (2020):
- A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE 35mm d. John Cassavetes, 1974 (02 FEB 20:35).
AUTOBIOGRAPHY & AUTOFICTION at Ciné Lumière (02 FEB to 31 MAR):
- LES 400 COUPS aka The 400 Blows d. François Truffaut, 1959 (02 FEB 14:00).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: MAN VS NATURE at BFI Southbank (FEB):
- KING KONG 35mm d. Merian C Cooper & Ernest B Schoedsack, 1933 (02 FEB 13:00).
ELIA KAZAN: THE ACTORS’ DIRECTOR at BFI Southbank (FEB to MAR):
- GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT d. Elia Kazan, 1947 (02 FEB 15:10).
- PINKY d. Elia Kazan, 1949 + Intro by actor-director Burt Caesar (02 FEB 18:00).
FELLINI at BFI Southbank (JAN to FEB):
- 8½ 4K aka Otto e mezzo d. Federico Fellini, 1963 (02 FEB 16:50).
- JULIET OF THE SPIRITS 4K aka Giulietta degli spiriti d. Federico Fellini, 1965 (02 FEB 19:45);
- Re-Releases: LA DOLCE VITA 4K d. Federico Fellini, 1960 (02 FEB 13:10 & 19:00).
HAPPINESS IS A STATE OF MIND: JOY & DESPAIR IN JAPANESE CINEMA at ICA (31 JAN to 16 FEB):
- LITTLE NIGHTS, LITTLE LOVE aka Eine Kleine Nachtmusik d. Imaizumi Rikiya, 2019 (02 FEB 13:20).
- HER SKETCHBOOK aka Sekai wa kyo kara kimi no mono d. Ozaki Masaya, 2017 + Q&A with the director (02 FEB 15:40).
- SHADOWFALL aka Kagefumi d. Shinohara Tetsuo, 2019 (02 FEB 18:20).
HAPPY B-DAY JIM! at House Of Vans (16 JAN to 02 FEB – FREE!/No booking required):
- MAN ON THE MOON d. Milos Forman, 1999 (02 FEB 14:00 & 16:00).
IN FOCUS: KAZUO HARA at ICA (31 JAN to 04 FEB):
- GOODBYE CP d. Kazuo Hara, 1972 (02 FEB 20:40).
JOHN CASSAVETES IN 35MM at The Prince Charles (JAN to MAR):
- A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE 35mm d. John Cassavetes, 1974 (02 FEB 20:35).
THE SAFDIE BROTHERS at The Prince Charles (JAN):
- UNCUT GEMS 35mm d. Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2019 (until 06 FEB).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Brigid’s Day Film Festival (30 JAN to 02 FEB).
- Women Over Fifty Film Festival On Tour (02 FEB – Mother’s Ruin).
BAIT d Mark Jenkin, 2019 + Short: TRAVELOGUE (1920s Archival Footage) at BFI Southbank (02 FEB 20:20):
- “Martin (Edward Rowe) is a fisherman without a boat since his brother repurposed their father’s vessel for tourist trips. As he struggles to buy his own boat he must also cope with family rivalry and the influx of London money, stag parties and holiday homes in his picturesque Cornish harbour village. Summer brings simmering tensions to a head, with tragic consequences.”
- With Intro by the director (03 FEB 18:20).
THE LIGHTHOUSE d. Robert Eggers, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (02 FEB 13:00, 15:30, 18:15 & 20:45):
- “Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play Victorian lightkeepers sticking out a four-week stint on a jagged windswept island. Thomas is the grizzled, demonic older man who is supposed to be training the younger Ephraim. Yet there is little guidance in their increasingly drunken meals or in Thomas’ flinty banter. As these sea dogs’ grog runs low and phantoms begin to beset the island, this deliciously gothic thriller becomes ever-more distinctive, compelling, and wild.”
QUEEN & SLIM d. Melina Matsoukas, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (02 FEB 14:35, 17:30 & 20:30):
- “While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman, are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defence. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defence lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A HIDDEN LIFE d. Terrence Malick, 2019 at ICA (until 06 FEB). BOMBSHELL d. Jay Roach, 2019 at Catford Mews (until 06 FEB). CHINA LOVE d. Olivia Martin-McGuire, 2018 at DocHouse (until 06 FEB). ECHO d. Amikam Kovner, 2018 presented by UK Jewish Film at JW3 (03 to 06 FEB). THE HOLY MOUNTAIN d. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973 at Rio Cinema (until 06 FEB). LITTLE WOMEN d. Greta Gerwig, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 15 FEB). MISS AMERICANA: TAYLOR SWIFT d. Lana Wilson, 2020 at The Prince Charles (31 JAN to 06 FEB). ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (03 to 09 FEB). SEBERG d. Benedict Andrews, 2019 at Watermans (31 JAN to 06 FEB). SHOW ME THE PICTURE: THE STORY OF JIM MARSHALL d. Alfred George Bailey, 2019 at DocHouse (31 JAN to 06 FEB). TALKING ABOUT TREES d. Suhaib Gasmelbari, 2019 at DocHouse (31 JAN to 06 FEB). UNCUT GEMS d. Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, 2019 at ICA (until 06 FEB).
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