Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 248: Thu Sep 5

Ikarie XB-1 (Polak, 1963): Riverside Studios, 8pm

This film is one of the centrepieces of the Scalarama season which runs throughout September. Scalarama is the  follow-up to Scala Forever and Scala Beyond and brings together all types of different cinemas, venues, film clubs, societies, pop-ups and festivals to encourage and champion repertory and community cinema, and be the UK’s widest and most inclusive film event.

Here is a link to the full calendar of films being shown and here is the Facebook page. There's a very good article about the background to the season here at Mostly Film.

Scalarama introduction to Ikarie XB-1: Polak’s pioneering and much-imitated feature is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. Adapted from Stanislaw Lem’s 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, and predating Gene Rodenberry’s STAR TREK and Kubrick’s 2001, Ikarie XB-1’s influence can be seen on both – and on almost every other science-fiction vehicle that followed. Second Run DVD are proud to present an exclusive restoration of this marvellous film, with new English subtitles. IKARIE XB-1 is available on DVD from Monday 9 September.

Here (and above) is an extract.

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