Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 94: Tuesday Apr 3

Vincente Minnelli's set pieces with Richard Dyer: BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.30pm

Okay, it's not a film but this is guaranteed to be an eye-opener. Richard Dyer, one of our foremost film writers and the curator of the Minnelli season at BFI Southbank, introduces the two-month extravaganza with a look at the great Hollywood director's masterful use of the set piece.

Here's the BFI introduction: Shop window displays, stage designs, musical numbers, melodramatic climaxes – Vincente Minnelli is a master of the set piece. They are where his sense of style is at his most burnished, elaborated, intoxicating and even sometimes delirious. They also focus his recurrent concern with illusion and truth, dream and waking life, what is 'set' and what real. This richly illustrated presentation by season curator Richard Dyer is an exploration of this key feature of Minnelli's work.

Here we go: a set piece from An American In Paris.

Footnote: We have bad news. The Jackalope in Stoke Newington has been closed down which means the Exploding Head Film Club has to find a new home and tonight's planned screening of Larry Cohen's God Told Me To has had to be cancelled. If you want to keep in touch with news of a new venue then check out the club's Facebook page here.

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