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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA d. Rupert Julian, 1925 + Live Organ Performance at St Margaret’s Church SE13 (17 AUG 19:30):
- Collective Cinema presents: “The classic 1925 silent version of ‘Phantom’, this is one of the great silent movies of all time. The film features an epic musical score that will reverberate around St Margaret’s Church, and make your hair stand on end. Enjoy the famous overture live on the church organ before the screening!”
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FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
Write-A-Long Movies: Chapter 25 film & writing club at Genesis Cinema (17 AUG 12:00 – FREE film, tea & coffee!):
- “Watch a film with a character shown to be productive in the act of writing or creating and then take that energy to your own writing! Bring along a project you’re working on, a story that you’ve been stuck on or simply be inspired by the movie’s themes to write something new. This is a free event with a free film, free coffee & tea (while it lasts) and a chilled space to work surrounded by like-minded people.”
More films in London today (A – Z):
- ADOPTION d. Márta Mészáros, 1975 at ICA (17 AUG 16:30).
- ENTER THE DRAGON [Uncut] 35mm d. Robert Clouse, 1973 at The Prince Charles (17 AUG 18:00).
- HOT ROD QUOTE-A-LONG d. Akiva Schaffer, 2007 at The Prince Charles (17 AUG 20:45).
- MIDSOMMAR d. Ari Aster, 2019 at Rich Mix (17 AUG 20:35).
- NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 at Rich Mix (17 AUG 14:40).
- NOTORIOUS 4K d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 AUG 18:20).
- ONLY YOU d. Harry Wootliff, 2018 at Regent Street Cinema (17 AUG 13:40, 16:05, 18:30 & 20:55).
- PHENOMENA d. Dario Argento, 1985 presented by Arrow Films at Genesis Cinema (17 AUG 21:15 – FREE!/Booking recommended).
- REAR WINDOW 35mm d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 at The Prince Charles (17 AUG 15:25).
- SCARFACE d. Brian De Palma, 1983 at The Prince Charles (17 AUG 20:30).
- STONES HAVE LAWS d. Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan & Tolin Erwin Alexander, 2018 at DocHouse (17 AUG 18:20).
- WE THE ANIMALS d. Jeremiah Zagar, 2018 at Bernie Grant Arts Centre (17 AUG 19:00).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
BACKYARD CINEMA: L.A. NIGHTS at Roundhouse (19 JUL to 24 AUG):
- GREASE SING-A-LONG (17 AUG 12:30).
- THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SING-A-LONG (17 AUG 16:30).
- DIRTY DANCING (17 AUG 20:30).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- LE JOUR SE LÈVE d. Marcel Carné, 1939 (17 AUG 16:00).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
- THE PHILADELPHIA STORY d. George Cukor, 1940 (17 AUG 15:50).
- PENNY SERENADE 35mm d. George Stevens, 1941 (17 AUG 18:15).
- THE AWFUL TRUTH d. Leo McCarey, 1937 (17 AUG 20:40).
- NOTORIOUS d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 enjoys a grind show run (until 22 AUG).
FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN at Somerset House (08 to 21 AUG):
- GET OUT + THEY LIVE d. Jordan Peele, 2017 + John Carpenter, 1988 (17 AUG 19:00).
HARRY POTTER SEASON at The Prince Charles (03 AUG to 16 NOV):
- HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS 35mm d. Chris Columbus, 2002 (17 AUG 12:00).
NINETIES: YOUNG CINEMA REBELS at BFI Southbank (JUL to AUG):
- THE DOOM GENERATION 35mm d. Gregg Araki (17 AUG 20:45 – “This print has French subtitles. We hope this will not affect your enjoyment of the film”).
NO DIRECT FLIGHT at BFI Southbank (AUG):
- TOUKI BOUKI d. Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973 (17 AUG 18:10).
RE:DOX at DocHouse (ongoing):
- “Choose the smash-hit docs you want us to show again.” Includes: AMERICAN MOVIE d. Chris Smith, 1999 (17 AUG 20:30).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (until 31 JUL):
SUMMER EXPLORERS! at The Soho Hotel (16 to 20 AUG – FREE!):
- INOUYASHIKI d. Shinsuke Sato, 2018 (17 AUG 13:15).
- SETO & UTSUMI d. Tatsushi Ohmori, 2016 (17 AUG 16:30).
- THE DISASTROUS LIFE OF SAIKI K d. Yuichi Fukuda, 2017 (repeats 17 AUG 18:10).
TRILOGIES & TRIPTYCHS at Close-Up Centre (01 AUG to 01 SEP):
- Michelangelo Antonioni’s Alienation Trilogy – LA NOTTE d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961 (17 AUG 18:00).
- Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy – APARAJITO d. Satyajit Ray, 1957 (17 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! Find out what’s coming in our Festivals A to Z.
DJON AFRICA d. Filipa Reis & João Miller Guerra at ICA (17 AUG 16:00):
- “The debut scripted feature by Portuguese documentarian duo Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra stars non-professional actor Miguel Moreira (who appeared in the pair’s 2010 DocLisboa winner LI KÉ TERRA) as 25-year-old Djon África, born in Portugal to Cape Verdean parents. Loosely episodic in structure, the film narrates Miguel’s journey to Cape Verde in search of his father.”
JT LEROY d. Justin Kelly, 2018 at JW3 (17 AUG – Closed today/Back tomorrow!):
- “His first book Sarah, published in 1999, propelled young JT LeRoy to literary stardom. His semi-autobiographical account of a childhood blighted by drug and sexual abuse in America’s underbelly earned him a cult status. But more shocking than the topics LeRoy’s books explored was the truth behind them, finally exposed in 2006: LeRoy was a well-crafted persona created by Jewish Brooklynite Laura Albert and embodied by her boyfriend’s sister, the androgynous Savannah Knoop.”
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (17 AUG 17:00 & 20:30 – Digital screenings at other times):
- “1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore. We are so excited to be able to screen Quentin Tarantino’s latest masterpiece from a glorious 35mm print, the format on which it was shot.”
TRANSIT d. Christian Petzold, 2019 at ArtHouse Crouch End (17 AUG 13:20):
- “Assuming the identity of a dead author Georg flees France after the Nazi invasion. With nowhere to turn, he is confounded to the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbour. Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Based on the eponymous novel by Anna Seghers, award-winning director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara), tells the story of a nearly impossible love amid escape, exile and a longing for a place to call home.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
- AMERICAN FACTORY d. Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar, 2019 at ICA (21 to 28 AUG). ANIMALS d. Sophie Hyde, 2019 at Rio Cinema (until 22 AUG). APOLLO 11 d. Todd Douglas Miller, 2018 at Rich Mix (16 to 22 AUG). BLINDED BY THE LIGHT d. Gurinder Chadha, 2019 at Lexi Cinema (16 to 22 AUG). THE CHAMBERMAID d. Lila Avilés, 2018 at ICA (until 22 AUG). GAZA d. Garry Keane & Andrew McConnell, 2018 at DocHouse (until 20 AUG). IN SEARCH… d. Beryl Magoko, 2018 at DocHouse (16 to 21 AUG). LETO d. Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018 at ICA (16 to 22 AUG). MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVEd. Nick Broomfield, 2019 at ICA (until 22 AUG). NEVER LOOK AWAY d. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019 at ICA (until 22 AUG). PHOTOGRAPH d. Ritesh Batra, 2019 at Watermans (16 to 22 AUG). STONES HAVE LAWS d. Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan & Tolin Erwin Alexander, 2018 at ICA (until 22 AUG). WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 35mm d. Rob Reiner, 1989 at The Prince Charles (16 to 22 AUG)
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