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JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET d. Karen Thorsen, 1989 + Introat Peckhamplex (16 DEC 20:30):
- The Batty Mama & Evidence To Exist Research Group present: “An emotional portrait, a social critique, and a passionate plea for human equality, JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE OF THE TICKET is now considered a classic. Without using narration, the film allows Baldwin to tell his own story: exploring what it means to be born black, impoverished, gay and gifted – in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” In honour of the 25th anniversary of James Baldwin’s death, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS d. John Pilger, 2019 + Q&A with the director at Curzon Soho (16 DEC 18:15):
- “Renowned BAFTA and Emmy-winning filmmaker and journalist John Pilger joins us to present his new documentary: ‘a tribute to a unique institution,’ he says at the start of the film. It’s also about the threat to democracy and, above all, a warning. Pilger investigates the dismantling ‘by stealth’ of the National Health Service; ‘a last bastion of true public service’.”
LA LEGGENDA DEL SANTO BEVITORE d. Ermanno Olmi, 1988 + Salon with Nick Walker at Italian Cultural Institute (16 DEC 19:00 – FREE!):
- “A stranger gives an alcoholic homeless two hundred Francs, provided he returns the sum to Saint Therese in the cathedral, when he can. Awarded with Leone d’Oro at the 45th Venice Film Festival and with four David di Donatello, LA LEGGENDA DEL SANTO BEVITORE is based on the homonymous novel by the Austrian author Joseph Roth.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- BLUE STORY d. Andrew Onwubolu, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (16 DEC 20:45).
- GORILLAZ: REJECT FALSE ICONS d. Denholm Hewlett, 2019 at Barbican (16 DEC 20:45).
- ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at Rich Mix (16 DEC 20:00).
- SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 + Panel presented by Birds’ Eye View #ReclaimTheFrame at Picturehouse Central (16 DEC 18:30).
- SHOOTING THE MAFIA d. Kim Longinotto, 2019 at DocHouse (16 DEC 20:30).
- THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at DocHouse (16 DEC 14:50).
- YEAR OF THE HORSE d. Jim Jarmusch, 1997 presented by Deeper Into Movies at The Victoria (16 DEC 19:30).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles (ongoing):
- DIE HARD 70mm d. John McTiernan, 1988 (16 DEC 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: GETTING TOGETHER at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- GOODFELLAS 4K d. Martin Scorsese, 1990 (16 DEC 20:10).
CHRISTMAS AT THE PCC at The Prince Charles (NOV to DEC):
- Grind shows: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 35mm d. Frank Capra, 1946 (01 to 24 DEC – some digital/check venue); ELF d. Jon Favreau, 2003 (04 to 24 DEC – various formats/check venue); and, HOME ALONE d. Chris Columbus, 1990 (06 to 24 DEC – check venue).
- THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS d. Henry Selick, 1993 (16 DEC 16:10).
- The Naughty List: LETHAL WEAPON 35mm d. Richard Donner, 1987 (16 DEC 18:15).
CURATOR’S PICKS at Barbican (13 to 19 DEC):
- THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 (16 DEC 18:15).
- IN FABRIC d. Peter Strickland, 2019 (16 DEC 20:35).
MED HONDO: AFRICA FROM THE SEINE at BFI Southbank (DEC):
- WEST INDIES: THE FUGITIVE SLAVES OF LIBERTY 35mm aka West Indies ou les nègres marrons de la liberté d. Med Hondo, 1979 (16 DEC 20:40).
MUSICALS! THE GREATEST SHOW ON SCREEN at BFI Southbank (OCT to DEC):
- Judy Garland: A STAR IS BORN d. George Cukor, 1954 (16 DEC 14:00); THE WIZARD OF OZ d. Victor Fleming, 1939 (16 DEC 18:10); and, Philosophical screens: One or Many Wizards? Multiple Meanings in THE WIZARD OF OZ Panel Discussion (16 DEC 20:10).
- Re-releases: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 (06 to 30 DEC).
SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE: THE OPPOSITIONAL FILMS OF CINEMA ACTION at Deptford Cinema (08 to 16 DEC):
- THE MINERS’ FILM (16 DEC 19:30).
MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
We don’t think there are any film festivals in London today… but we might have missed something! Let us know…
ALVA d. Ico Costa, 2019 at ICA (16 DOC – Not screening today! Come back tomorrow):
- “After committing a crime, a man hides in the forest. Shot in the Portuguese highlands, in 16mm, the film follows Henrique, a solitary man running away from his life and from the world. In a progressively immersive style, you are transported into this space of solitude, in search of what really moves the protagonist.”
AQUARELA d. Victor Kossakovsky, 2018 at DocHouse (16 DEC 16:40):
- “Set to the backdrop of an original soundtrack by the Finnish symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, AQUARELA’s roving lens takes you on a visceral global journey, allowing you to feel the raw power and beauty of water in startling visual detail.”
FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES d. Max Lewkowicz, 2019 at JW3 (16 DEC 13:15 & 20:30):
- “When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, it explored themes of tradition, religion, and anti-Semitism against a modern backdrop of radical social change that addressed gender roles, sexuality, and race. Rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries explore the legacy of this long-running, award-winning musical.”
THE KINGMAKER d. Lauren Greenfield, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (16 DEC 12:15 & 18:10):
- “Documentary centring on the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose behind-the-scenes influence of her husband Ferdinand’s presidency rocketed her to the global political stage.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- THE CAVE d. Feras Fayyad, 2018 at DocHouse (until 19 DEC). CITIZEN K d. Alex Gibney, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (13 to 19 DEC). HONEY BOY d. Alma Har’el, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 24 DEC). THE IRISHMAN d. Martin Scorsese, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (14 DEC to 05 JAN). KNIVES OUT d. Rian Johnson, 2019 at The Lexi (until 18 DEC). LA BELLE ÉPOQUE d. Nicolas Bedos, 2019 at Ciné Lumière (until 03 JAN). THE NIGHTINGALE d. Jennifer Kent, 2018 at Watermans (13 to 19 DEC). PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (16 to 18 DEC). PINK WALL d. Tom Cullen, 2019 at Catford Mews (13 to 19 DEC). SO LONG, MY SON d. Wang Xiaoshuai, 2018 at ArtHouse Crouch End (until 19 DEC). THE STREET d. Zed Nelson, 2019 at The Lexi (15 to 18 DEC). THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG aka Les Parapluies de Cherbourg d. Jacques Demy, 1964 at Ciné Lumière (until 07 JAN). THE WOLF’S CALL d. Antonin Baudry, 2019 at Watermans (13 to 19 DEC).
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