Sunday, 26 August 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 244: Sat Sep 1

The Hunger (Scott, 1983): ICA Cinema, 9pm
This film, which is also screening on Sept 2, as part of a Bowiefest weekend at the ICA (details here), was the late director Tony Scott's film debut.

Time Out review:
'Deneuve is the ageless, possibly final survivor of an ancient immortal race dependent on humans for both sustenance and companionship. Her superior blood allows her lovers a triple lifetime until they ultimately succumb to instant decline. Not all of this is apparent in the film, where style rules at the expense of coherence. But that style is often glorious, from a bloody sun sinking over a gothic hi-tech Manhattan skyline to living quarters that are sumptuous. Neat touches of grim humour also: Deneuve and Bowie manhunt in a disco as Bauhaus sing 'Bela Lugosi's Dead'; and Bowie rots away in a hospital waiting room where the 20 minutes wait becomes a subjective century of ageing. Visual sensualities will have a feast.'
Here is the trailer. 

There's also a great Hitchcock today in the director's full retrospective:

The Lady Vanishes (Hitchcock, 1938): BFI Southbank
This film, which is part of the Alfred Hitchock season, is also screening on Sept 2nd, 4th, 6th & 8th. More details here.

Chicago Reader review:
'Alfred Hitchcock's masterful 1938 spy thriller, with Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave searching for kidnapped agent Dame May Whitty aboard a trans-European express train, pursued all the while by sinister Nazi agents. This is vintage Hitchcock, with the pacing and superb editing that marked not only his 30s style but eventually every film that had any aspirations whatever to achieving suspense and rhythm.'
Dan Druker

Here is the trailer.

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