Sunday, 29 December 2013

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 22: Wed Jan 22

 City Lights (Chaplin, 1931): Prince Charles Cinema, 6.50pm

This film screens as part of the Chaplin season at the Prince Charles. Details here.

Chicago Reader:
Chaplin was never too strong on plot structure—his movies would wander all over the place, lingering here and lingering there—but more often than not he got something better than traditional dramatic unity. City Lights (1931), which wanders between episodes involving Charlie's love for a blind flower girl and his friendship with a drunken millionaire who doesn't know him when he's sober, is a beautiful example of Chaplin's ability to turn narrative fragments into emotional wholes. The two halves of the film are sentiment and slapstick. They are not blended but woven into a pattern as eccentric as it is sublime.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the famous boxing fight scene.



Too Hot to Handle (Young, 1960): Madame Jo Jo's Nightclub (time to be confirmed)

Fascinating screening as part of the year-long 70x70 Iain Sinclair-inspired film season. This is a neo-noir gangster film set in Soho, being screened in the London district's iconic nightclub. More details on the season and this movie via the King Mob website here.

Too Hot to Handle is a 1960 British neo-noir gangster thriller film, starring Jayne Mansfield and Leo Genn. Directed by Terence Young, later involved with some of the early James Bond films. Christopher Lee appears in a small role in the film. 

Here (and above) is an extract.

No comments: