Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 171: Tue June 19

The Man Who Fell to Earth (Roeg, 1976):
Haymarket Cineworld 11.15am, 2.15pm, 5.15pm and 8.15pm
Gate Cinema, Notting Hill 3pm
The Lexi Cinema 6.30pm
Ritzy Cinema, Brixton 6.30pm
Phoenix Cinema, 8.30pm

Taking place every Tuesday from June 5 to July 3 inclusive, the Made In Britain season is a joint venture between StudioCanal and the Independent Cinema Office that aims to "give audiences across the country the opportunity to enjoy five restored classic British films on the big screen". An eclectic selection from across the decades, all of which have received digital restoration but not aired theatrically for a while, the vintage quintet comprises: post-war Ealing comedy Passport To Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949); undead Cornish tin mine Hammer horror The Plague Of The Zombies (John Gilling, 1966); essential, David Bowie-as-extraterrestrial sci-fi The Man Who Fell To Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976); comedic Charles Laughton/John Mills-starring theatrical adaptation Hobson's Choice (David Lean, 1954); and the hugely influential, alien remains in the London Underground feature Quatermass And The Pit (Roy Ward Baker, 1967). Full details here.

Time Out review: 'Nicholas Roeg's hugely ambitious and imaginative film transforms a straightforward science fiction story (novel, Walter Tevis) into a rich kaleidoscope of contemporary America. Newton (David Bowie), an alien whose understanding of the world comes from monitoring TV stations, arrives on earth, builds the largest corporate empire in the States to further his mission, but becomes increasingly frustrated by human emotions. What follows is as much a love story as sci-fi: like other films of Roeg's, this explores private and public behaviour. Newton/Bowie becomes involved in an almost pulp-like romance with Candy Clark, played out to the hits of middle America, that culminates with his 'fall' from innocence. Roeg, often using a dazzling technical skill, jettisons narrative in favour of thematic juxtapositions, working best when exploring the clich├ęs of social and cultural ritual. Less successful is the 'explicit' sex Roeg now seems obliged to offer; but visually a treat throughout.' Chris Peachment
Here is the trailer.

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