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Scala Favourites on 35mm: FLESH GORDON d. Michael Benveniste & Howard Ziehm, 1974 & I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN d. Herbert L. Strock, 1957 + Intro/Supporting Programme at The Cinema Museum (29 SEP 15:00):
“A double bill of trashy cinematic fun inspired by the adventurous programming of London’s infamous Scala Cinema Club (1978-1993). FLESH GORDON: A rare chance to see on the big screen this 1970s smutty parody based very loosely on the cinema serial FLASH GORDON (1936). Please note this is NOT the 1980 film with the Queen soundtrack. I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN: A drive-in classic from the Fifties, with university lecturer/mad scientist Professor Frankenstein stealing body parts of dead athletes from the wreckage of a crashed airplane so that he can assemble a hunky male monster with a hideously disfigured face.”
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LUNCHTIME FILM SOCIETY is a brand new popup cinema screening daily programmes of bitesize films for busy City workers at the Bridewell Theatre in the City Of London (22 OCT to 01 NOV 2019). Bring your own lunch, relax & refocus as you feast on a world of inspiring short film drama, documentary & animation.
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Online radiantcircus.com: Raindance Film Festival 2019 is almost done (18 to 29 SEP) & we’ve been blogging about it. Read our latest film writeups: INFECTION / FERAL / WORLD BEYOND MY MIND / MACABRE. More to come!
#32BoroughsOfFilm: We started our yearlong tour of community cinemas with a visit to Richmond Film Society at The Exchange to see Hirokazu Kore-eda’s SHOPLIFTERS (24 SEP 2019). Next stop: Leytonstone Loves Film (27 to 29 SEP).
FILMS IN LONDON TODAY
ALPHAVILLE 16mm d. Jean-Luc Godard, 1965 + Intro at The Castle Cinema (29 SEP 15:00):
Ciné-Real Film Club presents: “An American private eye is sent to a planet ruled by Von Braun, a malevolent scientist who has outlawed human emotions in favor of logic. The film deals with the fight between indivualism in face of inhumanity and blind conformity.”
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH d. Michael Apted, 1999 + Intro by composer David Arnold at BFI Southbank (29 SEP 20:00):
“Pierce Brosnan’s third outing as James Bond sees him on the trail of Renard (Carlyle), a former spy who’s thirsty for revenge after a botched MI6 mission left him with a bullet in his brain. With scenes set in a casino, a caviar factory and a submarine – along with some incredible action sequences – it’s another hugely enjoyable Bond.’ Part of James Bond Day (mostly SOLD OUT!).
More films in London today (A – Z):
AMA-SAN d. Claudia Varejão, 2016 at DocHouse (29 SEP 16:00).
ARCHIPELAGO d. Joanna Hogg, 2011 at ICA (29 SEP 12:30 – ICA Members Screening).
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER d. Sara Colangelo, 2018 at Whirled Cinema (29 SEP 18:00).
THE THIRD MAN: 70th Anniversary Screening d. Carol Reed, 1949 at Barbican (29 SEP 14:05).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 1 // SEASONS
ANGELA BASSETT: QUEEN OF THE SCREEN at BFI Southbank (SEP):
CHI-RAQ d. Spike Lee, 2015 (29 SEP 17:20).
BOYZ N THE HOOD d. John Singleton, 1991 (29 SEP 20:10).
ANIME’S HUMAN MACHINES at Barbican Centre (12 to 30 SEP):
METROPOLIS 35mm d. Rintaro, 2002 + Intro (29 SEP 16:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: TURMOIL! at BFI Southbank (SEP):
THE HURT LOCKER 35mm d. Kathryn Bigelow, 2008 (29 SEP 19:50).
CARY GRANT: BRITAIN’S GREATEST EXPORT at BFI Southbank (AUG to SEP):
TO CATCH A THIEF d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1955 (29 SEP 15:00 – Currently looking SOLD OUT!).
CLOSE-UP ON DEREK JARMAN at Close-Up (18 to 30 SEP):
THE ANGELIC CONVERSATION d. Derek Jarman, 1985 (29 SEP 18:00).
BLUE d. Derek Jarman, 1993 (29 SEP 20:00).
CYBERPUNKS at House Of Vans (SEP):
DREDD (29 SEP 14:00 & 16:00).
DANCE ON SCREEN at Ciné Lumière (SEP to NOV):
LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET d. Frederick Wiseman, 2009 (29 SEP 17:00).
THE FILMS OF ANDREI TARKOVSKY at The Prince Charles (until 03 NOV):
MIRROR d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975 (29 SEP 14:45).
IN THE EYES OF THE LAW at Ciné Lumière (25 AUG to 02 OCT):
L’AVEU d. Costa-Gavras, 1970 (29 SEP 14:00).
IT’S… MONTY PYTHON AT 50 at BFI Southbank (SEP):
ERIK THE VIKING d. Terry Jones, 1989 (29 SEP 14:40).
MONTY PYTHON LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL 35mm d. Terry Hughes (live footage) & Ian MacNaughton (film footage), 1982 (29 SEP 17:15).
MARIANO LLINÁS PRESENTS LA FLOR at ICA (13 to 02 OCT):
LA FLOR: PART III d. Mariano Llinás, 2018 (29 SEP 12:35).
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB various roofs (SEP):
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (29 SEP 21:00 – Shoreditch).
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (29 SEP 19:00 – Peckham).
SCI-FI SUNDAYS at Deptford Cinema (ongoing):
ABRE LOS OJOS aka Open Your Eyes d. Alejandro Amenábar, 1997 + Talk by Dr Silvia Camporesi (29 SEP 15:30).
TERENCE MALICK at Deptford Cinema (01 SEP to 29 SEP):
SONG TO SONG d. Terrence Malick, 2017 (29 SEP 13:00).
THRILLERS & KILLERS & MONSTERS, OH MY! at The Prince Charles (27 SEP to 01 NOV):
VAMPIRE’S KISS 35mm d. Robert Bierman, 1988 (29 SEP 18:15).
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS d. Jonathan Demme, 1991 (29 SEP 20:35).
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MUSEUM SHOWS 2 // FESTIVALS
Film festivals in London today include:
- Barnes Film Festival (27 to 29 SEP).
- Leytonstone Loves Film (27 to 29 SEP).
- London Palestine Film Pre-Festival Weekend (27 to 29 SEP).
- London Spanish Film Festival (25 to 29 SEP).
- Raindance Film Festival (18 to 29 SEP).
- Scalarama (01 to 31 SEP).
AMERICAN PSYCHO 35mm d. Mary Harron, 2000 at The Prince Charles (29 SEP 13:25):
In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.
THE LAST TREE d. Shola Amoo, 2019 at Peckhamplex (29 SEP 17:50 & 20:30):
“Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take.”
NORMAL d. Adele Tulli, 2019 at ICA (29 SEP 14:45):
“Through a series of wry and acerbic vignettes, Italian filmmaker Adele Tulli’s Normal playfully exposes the spectacle of gender in our everyday lives. Featuring quotidian scenes shot throughout Italy, the film observes individuals – from childhood to adulthood – navigating normative gendered behaviour.”
More films in London this week (A – Z):
AD ASTRA d. James Gray, 2019 at The Lexi (until 03 OCT). BAIT d. Mark Jenkin, 2019 at ICA (until 03 OCT). BOOKSMART d. Olivia Wilde, 2019 at Whirled Cinema (30 SEP to 06 OCT). CIELO d. Alison McAlpine, 2018 at ICA (27 SEP to 02 OCT). CURTIZ d. as Yvan Topolanszky, 2018 at JW3 (02 to 10 OCT). THE FAREWELL d. Lulu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (until 03 OCT). FOR SAMA d. Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts, 2019 at The Castle Cinema (until 03 OCT). THE GOLDFINCH d. John Crowley, 2019 at Phoenix Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). HONEYLAND d. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, 2019 at DocHouse (until 03 OCT). HOTEL MUMBAI d. Anthony Maras, 2019 at Rio Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). HUSTLERSd. Lorene Scafaria, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 03 SEP). THE LAUNDROMAT at ArtHouse Crouch End d. Steven Soderbergh, 2019 (27 SEP to 03 OCT). ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD 35mm d. Quentin Tarrantino, 2019 at Genesis Cinema (until 03 OCT – Check schedule for formats). ONE CHILD NATION d. Zhang Lynn & Nanfu Wang, 2019 at Barbican (27 SEP to 01 OCT). ON THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS d. James Jones & Olivier Sarbil, 2019 at DocHouse (27 SEP to 03 OCT). PAIN AND GLORY d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 02 OCT). SEA OF SHADOWS at Ciné Lumière (27 SEP to 03 OCT). SKIN d. Guy Nattiv, 2018 at Genesis Cinema (27 SEP to 03 OCT). THE SOUVENIR d. Joanna Hogg, 2019 at The Prince Charles (until 03 OCT).
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