Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 327: Fri Nov 22

Chinatown (Polanski, 1974): Shoreditch Vilage Hall, 33 Hoxton Square N1 6NN, 7pm

This looks fascinating. Passenger Films present the Roman Polanski classic.

Here is their introduction: We'll be screening Roman Polanski's classic Chinatown (1974) - a story of murder, reservoirs, and the birth of Los Angeles - and reframing it with a selection of short films:

The British Public Information Film Dark and Lonely Water (1973), Peter Nestler's innovative early work Am Siel (1962), and Wanuri Kahiu's dazzling Kenyan sci-fi short Pumzi (2009), which imagines society on a desiccated future earth.

With guest speakers including the geographers Alex Loftus andRichard Bater (KCL) and poet and film critic Sophie Mayer - plus drinks and discussion.

Chicago Reader review:
A tribute to the detective thriller and all it represented in terms of notions of heroism and possibilities for action—and an elaboration of Roman Polanski's black thoughts on the absurdity of it all. This stylish 1974 whodunit stars Jack Nicholson (never better) and Faye Dunaway (likewise). A bit abstract, though gorgeously shot (by John Alonzo) and cleverly plotted (by Robert Towne), Polanski's film suggests that the rules of the game are written in some strange, untranslatable language, and that everyone's an alien and, ultimately, a victim.
Don Druker

Here is the trailer.

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