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MOULIN ROUGE 35mm d. E.A. Dupont, 1928 + Intro by Michelle Facey + Live Piano Accompaniment by Meg Morley at The Cinema Museum (11 DEC 19:30):
- “Let the Kennington Bioscope light up your winter nights with a blaze of glamour as the backdrop of the Parisian dance hall sets the scene for a strange and dramatic love triangle… Jean Bradin plays Andre, the young aristocrat in love with Margaret, played by Eve Grey, but as they watch the Moulin Rouge’s stage extravaganza together, he falls hard for Parysia, the star of the show, played by Russian-German actress Olga Tschechowa, who just happens to be the younger woman’s mother…”
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#32BoroughsOfFilm: The latest leg of our 2019-2020 odyssey around London’s alternative cinema scene took RADIANT CIRCUS to Wimbledon Film Club for a pre-Christmas screening of NINOTCHKA – “Garbo laughs!” – complete with introduction by Lubitsch expert & author, Nick Smedley. Here’s what we found…
We’ve posted our epic monthly roundup of London’s rep seasons & film festivals for DECEMBER to help you plan ahead.
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE d. Rachel Lears, 2019 + Panel Discussion at Deptford Cinema (11 DEC 19:00 – FREE!/Booking advised):
- Doc Society presents: “Fatigued by Brexit and the unequal state of British politics? This film is a refreshing antidote! Join Doc Society for a FREE screening of the inspiring and award-winning documentary film, KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE. The film will be accompanied by a lively post film conversation with special guests about ways to #KnockDownBarriers in politics and what you can do to get involved.”
LONDON FIELDS [THE SECRET DIRECTOR’S CUT] d. Mathew Cullen, 2013/19 + Q&A with the director & actor Jim Sturgess at Rio Cinema (11 DEC 18:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!/Check venue):
- “LONDON FIELDS is based on Martin Amis’ much-celebrated novel of the same name, considered by many to be an unfilmable masterwork along the lines of Naked Lunch or Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Two different groups within the film’s thirty-eight credited producers completed two different edits of the film behind director Mathew Cullen’s back while Cullen used his personal finances to complete his own cut. Cullen’s cut has since been buried and seen by few. Until now!”
PARASITE d. Bong Joon-ho, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Barbican (11 DEC 18:10 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!/Check venue):
- “A tense and satirical thriller from director Bong Joon-ho, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2019. PARASITE follows the Kim family, all four live in a tiny basement flat and all four are unemployed. One day they get a stroke of luck when their son, Ki-woo – though unqualified – manages to secure a lucrative tutoring job for the wealthy Park family. Slowly, the Kim family begin to infiltrate the Park household, but as their deception unravels events begin to get increasingly out of hand.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ALL ABOUT EVE d. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950 presented by Pitshanger Pictures at St Barnabas Church (11 DEC 14:00).
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2019 at Regent Street Cinema (11 DEC 18:30 & 20:30).
- Bounce Film Night at The Castle Cinema (11 DEC 19:00).
- CASABLANCA d. Michael Curtiz, 1942 + Supper + Panel presented by Welcome Cinema + Kitchen at Amnesty International UK (11 DEC 18:00).
- FITZWILLY d. Delbert Mann, 1967 at Regent Street Cinema (11 DEC 12:00 & 15:30).
- HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at The David Lean (11 DEC 19:30).
- HUMAN NATURE d. Adam Bolt, 2019 at DocHouse (11 DEC 15:15).
- THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at The Prince Charles (11 DEC 11:50).
- THE LOBSTER d. Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015 + Live Score by Solem Quartet at Picturehouse West Norwood (11 DEC 20:00).
- MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL d. Stanley Nelson, 2019 at ICA (11 DEC 14:15).
- MOONSTRUCK d. Norman Jewison, 1988 + Intro by Adrian Wootton at Barbican (11 DEC 20:35).
- THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2019 at ICA (11 DEC 15:45).
- Odyssey Film Club: PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 + Short presented by Screen25 at Harris Academy South Norwood (11 DEC 19:45 – Use promo code “CIRCUS19” to book & save).
- TV Preview: MARTIN’S CLOSE d. Mark Gatiss, 2019 + Q&A with Mark Gatiss and cast members Simon Williams, Sara Crowe, Fisayo Akinade and Wilf Scolding at BFI Southbank (11 DEC 18:15).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- ROPE d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1948 + Intro by Geoff Andrew (11 DEC 18:00).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- Grind shows: GREMLINS 35mm d. Joe Dante, 1984 (06 to 12 DEC – check venue); IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1946 (01 to 24 DEC – some digital/check venue); and, HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (06 to 24 DEC – check venue).
- THE SANTA CLAUSE d. John Pasquin, 1994 (11 DEC 18:25).
- LOVE ACTUALLY d. Richard Curtis, 2003 (11 DEC 20:30 – some screenings with sparkling wine!/check venue).
CHRISTMAS POP-UP CINEMA presented by Crofton Park Pictures at Rivoli Ballroom (11 to 13 DEC):
- HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS d. Ron Howard, 2000 (11 DEC 17:00).
- DIE HARD d. John McTiernan, 1988 (11 DEC 20:00).
FRIENDS 25TH: THE ONE WITH THE ANNIVERSARY at The Prince Charles (08 DEC to 15 DEC):
- Part 2 (11 DEC 18:00).
HARRY POTTER SEASON at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE 35mm d. Chris Columbus, 2001 (11 DEC 20:45).
MAURICE PIALET AND THE NEW FRENCH REALISM at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- VAN GOGH d. Maurice Pialat, 1991 (11 DEC 20:00).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Doris Day: CALAMITY JANE d. David Butler, 1953 + Intro by Professor Richard Dyer (11 DEC 20:20).
- Re-releases: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 (06 to 30 DEC).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- French Film Festival (07 NOV to 14 DEC).
BUDDIES d. Arthur J. Bressan Jr, 1985 at ICA (11 DEC 21:15 – Not screening today/Come back tomorrow!):
- “Written, produced and directed by the late filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan Jr., BUDDIES (1985) was the first narrative feature film about the AIDS epidemic. Recently restored in 2k from its original 16 mm negative, this landmark film is now screening widely for the first time following its brief theatrical release in 1985.”
HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (11 DEC 21:10):
- “From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalising his childhood’s ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, LaBeouf takes on the therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon.”
SO LONG, MY SON d. Wang Xiaoshuai, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (11 DEC 12:45 & 19:45):
- “Packing a powerful emotional punch, SO LONG, MY SON traces the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and human upheaval in China. Following the loss of a child in a tragic accident,paths separate, destinies ebb and flow, and fortunes are transformed under the impact of a country’s changing face. Yet even as their lives diverge, a common search for truth and reconciliation around the tragedy remains. But sometimes it can take a lifetime to say farewell…”
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 at Ciné Lumière (11 DEC 20:40):
- “Guy, an auto mechanic, has fallen in love with Geneviève, who works in her mother’s chic umbrella shop. Before Guy is to leave for a tour of combat, the two share a passionate night. Winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes 1964, Jacques Demy’s visually intoxicating ‘film in song’ pays homage to the Hollywood musical and is a major influence on directors including Damien Chazelle and Wes Anderson.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM d. John Chester, 2018 at DocHouse (06 to 12 DEC). THE CAVE d. Feras Fayyad, 2018 at DocHouse (06 to 12 DEC). FOR SAMA d. Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watt, 2019 at ICA (07 to 12 DEC). HARRIET d. Kasi Lemmons, 2019 at Catford Mews (until 12 DEC). IN FABRIC d. Peter Strickland, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (09 to 15 DEC). JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE d. Tomer Heymann, 2018 at ICA (06 to 12 DEC). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at The Lexi (06 to 12 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 03 JAN). MARRIAGE STORY d. Noah Baumbach, 2019 at ICA (until 12 DEC). MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN d. Edward Norton, 2019 at Rich Mix (06 to 12 DEC). ORDINARY LOVE d. Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (06 to 12 DEC). SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at ICA (until 11 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (06 to 12 DEC). THE WOLF’S CALL d. Antonin Baudry, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (06 to 12 DEC).
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