Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 344: Tuesday Dec 13

Edvard Munch (Watkins, 1974): Whiteleys Shopping Centre, 6.15pm

The highlight of the week and one of the highlights of the year on the repertory circuit this one.

Going to the cinema does not have to entail driving to the out-of-town multiplex or even to any sort of picture house at all these days. There are plenty of pubs and clubs putting on films while the pop-up cinema phenomenon is becoming far more prevalent in the movie listings. The Nomad Cinema, run by the people at the excellent Lexi Cinema in Kensal Green, is the most adventurous of the pop-up brigade.

This film from the Nomad Cinema at the Whiteleys Shopping Centre has been selected by the A Nos Amours collective, a group founded by celebrated director Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts. They are dedicated to "programming and screening overlooked or especially potent cinema." You can find out more about them here.

Time Out review:

'Peter Watkins' biography of the formative years of the pioneer Expressionist easily vindicates its running time. As Munch moves through his youth, quiet and alienated, we realise that he too was eluded by any lasting intimacy: a long, abortive affair with an older woman joins the ubiquitous ghosts of a childhood scarred by sickness and death. In the end it's the paintings which do Munch's talking for him, both directly and through the prefigurations and echoes in the film's set pieces, a fuzzed, mutely anguished procession of half-profiles and silently helpless groups with numb, naked eyes. It's a remarkable film.' Giovanni Dadomo

Here is an extract.

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