Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 351: Tuesday Dec 20

Tulse Luper Films: A Walk Through H and Vertical Features Remake
(Greenaway, 1978-9): Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 7.30pm

Vertical Features Remake (1978) charts the attempts of a group of rival academics to remake fictional ornithologist Tulse Luper’s seminal but lost film ‘Vertical Features’ or ‘Vertical Lists’. In the second feature of the program, A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist (1979), the narrator recounts a journey taken through ‘H’ aided by a series of drawings arranged by Tulse Luper. But what is ‘H’ and who is the mysterious Tulse Luper? Confused? You should be. But read this and you'll definitely want to make your way there.

Time Out review of A Walk Through H:

'Greenaway's unique short feature is one of the best British movies of the decade. It defeats efforts at description. You could call it a cross between a vintage Borges 'fiction' and a Disney True Life Adventure, but that wouldn't get close to its humour or the compulsiveness of Michael Nyman's romantic score. It's nominally a narrative about an ornithologist following a trail blazed by the legendary Tulse Luper, but it's a narrative without characters... See it at all costs.' Tony Rayns

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