Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 256: Fri Sep 13

No1: The Stuart Hall Project (Akomfrah, 2013): BFI Southbank, NFT, 6.20pm

This highly acclaimed documentary is on an extended run at BFI until September 26

Here is the BFI introduction: Highly acclaimed at this year’s Sundance and Sheffield Documentary festivals, the new film from award-winning documentarian John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses) is a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall.

A founding figure of contemporary cultural studies – and one of the most inspiring voices of the post-war Left – Stuart Hall’s resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual life commenced soon after he emigrated from Jamaica in 1951. Combining extensive archival imagery – television excerpts, home movies, family photos – with specially filmed material and a personally mixed Miles Davis soundtrack, Akomfrah’s filmmaking approach matches the agility of Hall’s intellect, its intimate play with memory, identity and scholarly impulse traversing the changing historical landscape of the second half of the 20th century.

Here is Ashley Clarke's review from Sight and Sound.

Here (and above) is an extract from the film.


No2 I'm All Right Jack (John Boulting, 1959): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.10pm

This film, part of the Boulting Brothers season at BFI Southbank, is also showing on Sunday September 8th. Details here. Tonight's screening is introduced by cast member Liz Fraser.

Chicago Reader review:
Terrific British nonsense (1959) coming at the tail end of the wonderful cycle of gentle comedies that poked fun at most of the classes and offended none. Ian Carmichael stars as the wide-eyed nephew of an industrialist, who goes to work in his uncle's factory and blunders into a web of corporate crookedness. Peter Sellers's performance as a dour, self-educated factory foreman/Marxist intellectual is a model of careful characterization and devastatingly subtle satire. With Terry-Thomas, Dennis Price, Richard Attenborough, and Margaret Rutherford.
Don Druker

Here (and above) an extract, highlighting Peter Sellers' brilliant performance as Fred Kite.

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