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The Live Ghost Tent – Quarterly Meeting Of The Laurel & Hardy Society at The Cinema Museum (07 SEP 15:00):
- “This meeting marks the 25th anniversary of our branch of the Society. As we are hoping to have cake as part of our celebration the first half will be three films featuring cake: FROM SOUP TO NUTS (1928); OUR WIFE (1931); and, TWICE TWO (1933). Then after the interval we’ll have three other sound shorts – just because they are great films: CHICKENS COME HOME (1931); HELPMATES (1932); and, THE LIVE GHOST (1934) – well, we just had to have ‘our film’ in our special meeting didn’t we?”
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Online: Richmond Film Society announces their 57th season // Plan ahead with our epic roundup of September’s repertory seasons & festivals // We interview student curator Viknesh Kobinathan about his season ON THE EDGE OF THE FOLD // Raindance Means Raindance.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
VHS FOREVER 2 at the King & Queen (07 SEP 17:00 – FREE! + Donation requested to Prostate Cancer UK in honour of the late Tony Duggan):
- World Wide Weird! presents: “A triple bill including a Secret Rutger Hauer Film + Intro by director Michael Elkin + two screenings of VHS FOREVER? ONCE UPON A TIME IN CAMDEN + Intro by director Mark Williams.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- AMERICAN GRAFFITI d. George Lucas, 1973 at BFI Southbank (07 SEP 20:45).
- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY d. Brian Singer, 2018 presented outdoors at Queen’s Park, City Of London (07 SEP 19:45).
- FAME d. Alan Parker, 1980 at Deptford Cinema (07 SEP 19:30 – “Come in your finest dancewear! Best outfit wins 2 free tickets to any Deptford Cinema screening!”).
- INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at ICA (07 SEP 16:00).
- MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at DocHouse (07 SEP 13:40).
- MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (07 SEP 21:15).
- RAPID RESPONSE d. Roger Hinze & Michael William, 2019 at The Prince Charles (07 SEP 18:35).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANGELA BASSETT: QUEEN OF THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- MALCOLM X 35mm d. Spike Lee, 1992 (07 SEP 19:15).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY d. Clint Eastwood, 1995 (07 SEP 20:20).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 (07 SEP 15:50).
- BRINGING UP BABY d. Howard Hawks, 1938 (07 SEP 16:00).
- I WAS A MALE WARBRIDE aka You Can’t Sleep Here d. Howard Hawks, 1949 (07 SEP 18:10).
CYBERPUNKS at House Of Vans (SEP – FREE!):
- TRON LEGACY (07 SEP 15:00 & 17:30).
THE FILMS OF DAVID FINCHER at The Prince Charles (15 AUG to 21 NOV):
- SEVEN d. David Fincher, 1995 (07 SEP 17:50).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
- TIME BANDITS d. Terry Gilliam, 1981 + Intro by Valerie Charlton, supervising model maker (07 SEP 13:00).
- AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT d. Ian MacNaughton, 1971 (07 SEP 15:20).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (ongoing):
TARANTINO ON SCREEN-O at Genesis Cinema (05 to 13 AUG):
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (AUG to SEP):
- Federico Fellini’s Trilogy of Loneliness – NIGHTS OF CABIRIA d. Federico Fellini, 1956 (07 SEP 18:00).
- Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy – THREE COLOURS: WHITE d. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994 (07 SEP 20:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Anime Film Festival (07 SEP).
- Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival (06 to 14 SEP).
- Deptford Cinema Film Festival: LGBTI+ Shorts (07 SEP).
- Festival of France at Everyman Cinemas (06 to 11 SEP).
- I Will Tell International Film Festival (30 AUG to 09 SEP).
- Open City Documentary Festival (04 to 10 SEP).
- Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival (05 to 15 SEP).
- Rebelfest 2019 (06 to 08 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
- The Smalls Film Festival (06 to 09 SEP).
SPRINTER d. Storm Saulter, 2019 at ICA (07 SEP – Not screening today, try tomorrow!):
- “Akeem Sharp, nicknamed the Rasta Rocket for his once-in-a-generation speed, is set to be Jamaica’s next big track and field sensation. Akeem hopes his success in athletics will take him to the US to reunite with his mother, who has been supporting the family from afar on a long-expired work visa. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home.”
THE THIRD MAN 4K: 70th Anniversary Release d. Carol Reed, 1949 at BFI Southbank (07 SEP 18:30):
- “Writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in post-war, Allies-occupied Vienna to meet his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), with the promise of work. Discovering that Lime is dead, and warned away from Vienna on account of his friend’s criminal activities, Martins starts investigating the circumstances surrounding Lime’s demise.”
- See also special screenings at BFI on 06 & 12 SEP (listed above).
WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL d. Rob Garver, 2018 at DocHouse (07 SEP 16:00):
- “It’s near impossible to build a career as a female film journalist, but Pauline Kael defied the odds. WHAT SHE SAID tells the story of Pauline Kael, longtime New Yorker film critic and best-selling author, and her battle to make a name for herself. Never a dull read, Kael was also a force to be reckoned with. With her letters, interviews and published work narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker and late-20th-century movies reframed through Kael’s lens, the controversial yet pioneering critic is brought into focus.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- A SEASON IN FRANCE d. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2017 at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 SEP). APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT d. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979 at ICA (07 to 12 SEP). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at BFI Southbank (until 19 SEP – Check website for 35mm screenings). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 12 SEP). INNA DE YARD d. Peter Webber, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (06 to 12 SEP). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE d. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at Watermans (06 to 12 SEP). MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN d. Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019 at DocHouse (until 12 SEP). MRS. LOWRY AND SON d. Adrian Noble, 2019 at JW3 (until 11 SEP). ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at The Prince Charles (06 to 12 SEP). PAIN & GLORY d. Pedro Almodovar, 2019 at The Lexi (until 11 SEP). PURPLE RAIN d. Albert Magnoli, 1984 at The Prince Charles (06 to 12 SEP). ROJO d. Benjamín Naishtat, 2018 at Ciné Lumière (06 to 18 SEP). SEFARAD d. Luis Ismael, 2019 presented by UKJF at JW3 (08 to 12 SEP). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 12 SEP).
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