Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 71: Sunday Mar 11

Crimes of Passion (Russell, 1984) & Whore (Russell, 1991)
Still Advance film club at Shacklewell Arms, Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB, 2.30pm

Still Advance film club was set up after last year’s Scala Forever season to show fierce independent-minded and arthouse cinema, with a focus on all that is strange, provocative, atypical and intense. You can find out more at 
The Scala Forever team, who organised a season of movies in the capital last year recalling the days of the wonderful Scala cinema at King's Cross, are back with Russell Forever as a tribute to the late, great British film-maker. Here are the details for the full Ken Russell season screenings.

A tale of obsession between a career woman leading a double life as a prostitute, a fanatical reverend and a private detective trapped in an unhappy marriage, CRIMES OF PASSION takes on sexuality, religion, split personalities and the masks people wear to succeed. Deliriously nightmarish, satirical and outrageous, it was Russell’s second American production after ALTERED STATES. Shown in its uncut version.

Here is the trailer.

Adapted from London cab driver David Hines’ play Bondage and relocated to the US, WHORE is a virtual one woman show for Theresa Russell, a LA street walker tired of her work. Blackly comic, the film was Russell’s response to PRETTY WOMAN, designed to shatter any notions about the glamour of prostitution. The victim of several BBFC cuts, WHORE showed he hadn’t lost any of his knack for baiting the censors.
Here is the trailer.

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