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TONKA OF THE GALLOWS d. Karel Anton, 1930 + Live Accompaniment by Stephen Horne at Phoenix Cinema (04 AUG 15:30):
- “A rarely seen gem from the archives of the Czech Republic, TONKA OF THE GALLOWS fuses German chiaroscuro aesthetics with the Soviet flare for surprising angles for this affective parable of the cruelty that comes from small-mindedness. Made as sound was taking over the industry, TONKA OF THE GALLOWS is a ‘tour-de-force of silent-era filmmaking’.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
HARD BOILED d. Jon Woo, 1992 at Moth Club (04 AUG 19:30):
- Deeper Into Movies presents: “Violence as poetry, rendered by a master—brilliant and passionate, John Woo’s HARD BOILED tells the story of jaded detective “Tequila” Yuen (played with controlled fury by Chow Yun-fat). Woo’s dizzying odyssey through the world of Hong Kong Triads, undercover agents, and frenzied police raids culminates unforgettably in the breathless hospital sequence. More than a cops-and-bad-guys story, HARD BOILED continually startles with its originality and dark humour.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- David Hockney Screenings: A BIGGER SPLASH + HOCKNEY presented by Deeper Into Movies at Moth Club (04 AUG 14:00).
- Double Bill: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE + WATERLOO BRIDGE d. Elia Kazan, 1952 + Mervyn Leroy, 1940 at Regent Street Cinema (04 AUG 14:30 & 17:00).
- THE ENDLESS SUMMER d. Bruce Brown, 1966 at Picturehouse Stratford (04 AUG 18:00 – Other Picturehouses available!).
- HIGH LIFE d. Claire Denis, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (04 AUG 18:00).
- TIGERS d. Danis Tanovic, 2014 at The Prince Charles (04 AUG 13:00)
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- TERMINATOR II: JUDGMENT DAY 70mm d. James Cameron, 1991 (04 AUG 20:45).
ALL NIGHT / DAY / MINI MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON TRILOGY 3 Films, 1 Ticket (04 AUG 12:00).
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- EAST OF EDEN d. Elia Kazan, 1955 (04 AUG 15:30).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- TOPPER 35mm d. Norman Z McLeod, 1937 (04 AUG 15:50).
- BLONDE VENUS d. Josef von Sternberg, 1932 (04 AUG 18:00).
- THE PHILADELPHIA STORY d. George Cukor, 1940 (04 AUG 20:00).
CELEBRATING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN at The Prince Charles (until 10 AUG):
- SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK d. Charlie Kaufman, 2008 (04 AUG 17:55).
FOCUS ON AGNÈS VARDA at BFI Southbank (JUL):
- VARDA BY AGNÈS d. Agnès Varda, 2019 (04 AUG 17:45).
FRAMING QUEERS at Deptford Cinema (07 JUL to 01 SEP):
- SOMETHING MUST BREAK d. Ester Martin Bergsmark, 2014 (04 AUG 16:00).
NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- THE DOOM GENERATION 35mm d. Gregg Araki, 1995 (04 AUG 18:10 – NB: “We are really pleased to be able to screen a rare 35mm print of this film. Please note, however, this print has French subtitles. We hope this will not affect your enjoyment of the film.”).
- SLACKER 35mm d. Richard Linklater, 1991 + Intro by Rebecca Nicole Williams aka The Celluloid Sorceress (04 AUG 20:15).
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH TARANTINO at The Prince Charles (until 14 AUG):
- REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE 35mm d. Nicholas Ray, 1955 (04 AUG 15:45).
- RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 enjoys a grind show run (04 AUG 18:10).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
- ENCHANTED (04 AUG 20:30 – Stratford).
- BOOKSMART (04 AUG 20:30 – Peckham).
- CAPTAIN MARVEL (04 AUG 21:00).
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):
- Federico Fellini’s Trilogy of Loneliness – IL BIDONE d. Federico Fellini, 1955 (04 AUG 18:00).
- Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy – THREE COLOURS: BLUE d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993 (04 AUG 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think that there are any film festivals in London this week but we’ve been wrong before… please let us know!
OLDBOY 4K d. Chan-wook Park, 2003 at The Prince Charles (04 AUG 21:00):
- “Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge.”
PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (04 AUG 13:00):
- “The latest from writer-director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Photograph is a charming tale of unlikely romance set against the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Mumbai. Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a struggling street photographer who takes tourist portraits at the Gateway of India. When he meets Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a shy stranger from an affluent family, he convinces her to pose as his fiancée after his overbearing grandmother decides to pay him a visit.”
RECONSTRUCTING UTØYA d. Carl Javér, 2018 at DocHouse (04 AUG 16:10):
- “On 22nd July, 2011, 69 people were murdered in Norway when a far-right terrorist exploded a bomb in Oslo and then proceeded to shoot children on the island of Utøya where the Labour Party’s youth league was holding its summer camp. Four survivors meet in Northern Norway with twelve young Norwegians to share their experiences and reconstruct their memories.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Barbican (02 to 08 AUG). APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2019 at DocHouse (until 08 AUG). ASK DR. RUTH d. Ryan White, 2019 at JW3 (04 to 15 AUG). CALL ME BY YOUR NAME d. Luca Guadagnino, 2017 at The Prince Charles (02 to 08 AUG). CAPERNAUM d. Nadine Labaki, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (05 to 11 AUG). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at ICA (until 08 AUG). THE DEAD DON’T DIE d. Jim Jarmusch, 2019 at The Lexi (02 to 05 AUG). DO THE RIGHT THING d. Spike Lee, 1989 at BFI (02 to 09 AUG). THE GREAT HACK d. Karim Amer & Jehane Noujaim, 2019 at ICA (until 08 AUG). HAMADA d. Eloy Domínguez Serén, 2018 at DocHouse (02 to 08 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 08 AUG). THE MATRIX d. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1999 at The Prince Charles (until 08 AUG). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 07 AUG). PAVAROTTI d. Ron Howard, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (until 08 AUG). RESERVOIR DOGS d. Quentin Tarantino, 1992 at The Prince Charles (until 08 AUG). UNE FEMME DOUCE d. Robert Bresson, 1969 at ICA (02 to 08 AUG). WHERE ARE YOU, JOÃO GILBERTO? d. Georges Gachot, 2018 at ICA (02 to 08 AUG).
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