This is a film still from CHICAGO dir Frank Urson 1927.
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WEDNESDAY: What’s on in London today [23/02/22]

WEDNESDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2022 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

By RADIANT CIRCUS // Twitter @radiantcircus / Instagram @radiantcircus

Book now for FRANKENSTEIN, the first of our Queer Horror Nights at The Castle (27 FEB).

CHICAGO d. Frank Urson, 1927 + Live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (23 FEB 19:30):

“Seventy-five years before Bob Fosse’s Oscar-winning musical version of Maurine Watkins’s successful stage play, Cecil B. DeMille’s production company made this saucy silent film version. Phyllis Haver is hugely entertaining as the brazen Roxie Hart “Chicago’s most beautiful murderess“ a woman so pathologically shallow she sees notoriety for a murder rap as an opportunity to secure her fortune. Egged on by her crooked lawyer (“they’ll be naming babies after you”), Roxie neglects her long-suffering loyal husband and sets about milking her celebrity status for all she’s worth. The sequence in the prison is an absolute delight – particularly the rivalry between Roxie and fellow-murderess Velma (played by DeMille’s mistress), as are the climactic courtroom scenes.” (Kennington Bioscope)


  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ d. Burhan Qurbani, 2020 presented by Migration Film Festival at Goethe-Institut London (23 FEB 19:00 / also FREE online 23 FEB to 02 MAR).
  • CHICAGO d. Frank Urson, 1927 + Live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney presented by Kennington Bioscope at The Cinema Museum (23 FEB 19:30).
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND 4K d. Steven Spielberg, 1977 at BFI Southbank (23 FEB 17:50).
  • FILMFARSI d. Ehsan Khoshbakht, 2019 + Intro by the director at Close-Up (23 FEB 20:15).
  • L’AVVENTURA d. Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960 at Olympic Studios (23 FEB 19:45).
  • LEBANON: EXPLOSION OF ANGER d. Krzysztof Dzieciolowski, 2021 + Q&A at Frontline Club (23 FEB 19:00).
  • PARALLEL MOTHERS d. Pedro Almodóvar, 2021 at The David Lean (23 FEB 19:30 / 26 FEB 14:00).
  • SPENCER d. Pablo Larrain, 2021 at Whirled Cinema (23 FEB 20:00 / 27 FEB 17:00).
  • WHY NOT YOU aka Hochwald d. Evi Romen, 2020 at Austrian Cultural Forum for LGBT History Month (23 FEB 19:00 – FREE!).

4K PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BLUE COLLAR 35mm d. Paul Schrader, 1978 (23 FEB 18:00).

70MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LICORICE PIZZA 70mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (23 FEB 13:30 70mm).

THE ABC OF ASTA NIELSEN at BFI Southbank

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: LGBT HISTORY MONTH at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO d. Gus Van Sant, 1991 + Intro by BFI Race Equality Lead Rico Johnson-Sinclair (23 FEB 18:00).

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BELFAST d. Kenneth Branagh, 2021 (23 FEB 15:40).

EXPERIMENTA FOCUS: STEPHEN DWOSKIN at BFI Southbank

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA at The Prince Charles

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT: FOR THE LOVE OF FILMS at BFI Southbank

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière

FROM THE MIND OF PAUL SCHRADER at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): BLUE COLLAR 35mm d. Paul Schrader, 1978 (23 FEB 18:00).

HOMELAND: FILMS BY AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATIONS DIRECTORS at Barbican

LOVE STORIES at Genesis Cinema

  • Includes (check venue for listings): ROMEO + JULIET d. Baz Luhrmann, 1996 (23 FEB 18:15); MOONLIGHT d. Barry Jenkins, 2017 (23 FEB 21:00).

SEEN & HEARD at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): RAFIKI d. Wanuri Kahiu, 2018 (23 FEB 20:30).

STUDIO GHIBLI at Picturehouse Cinemas

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PORCO ROSSO d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1992 (from 18 FEB); MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO d. Hayao Miyazaki, 1988 (from 19 FEB).

TWO BY RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI at The Prince Charles

THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings):  FALLEN ANGELS 4K d. Wong Kar Wai, 1995 (23 FEB 18:15).


HERE BEFORE d. Stacey Gregg, 2021:

THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN d. Peter Middleton & James Spinney, 2021:

  • Also 18 to 24 FEB (various dates/times): KISS ME KOSHER d. Shirel Peleg, 2020 at: JW3 (21 to 28 FEB) // LICORICE PIZZA 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 at: Rio Cinema // THE SILENCE OF THE MOLE d. Anais Taracena, 2021 at: Bertha DocHouse // THE TALE OF KING CRAB aka Re Granchio d. Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis, 2021 at: ICA.


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