Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 116: Sun Apr 27

No1 The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet (Jeunet, 2013): Cine Lumiere, 5pm 

Here is the Cine Lumiere introduction: 
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s (Amélie) adaptation of Reif Larsen’s best-selling novel is an amusing, poignant and visually stunning feature designed to delight young and old alike. Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet is only ten, but he already knows so much that he could easily be thirty years older. Gifted with a lively imagination, insatiable curiosity and prodigious gifts of observation, he appears to be Montana’s answer to Leonardo da Vinci. Instead of staying home and biding his time, he decides to leave for Washington, alone, to compare his intuitions and research with the country’s top scientists. But while on the road, pondering insoluble questions such as ‘How can human beings produce so many right angles, when their behaviour is so illogical?’, he keeps thinking of the family he left behind on a ranch in Montana…
Followed by a Q&A with Helena Bonham-Carter and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet


No 2 Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, 1950): Temple Studios, 31 London St, W2 1DJ, 12.50pm

Temple Studios, home to Punchdrunk Theatre’s The Drowned Man, will be opening its doors for exclusive screenings of two Hollywood cinema classics, Day of the Locust (April 13th) and Sunset Boulevard. Both films will be screened on 16mm prints in the atmospheric cinema space, The Encino Theater, housed within the extraordinary environs of Temple Studios’ set for The Drowned Man, which recalls the fading glamour of 1960s Los Angeles film industry.

Selected by Punchdrunk’s Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, the films are two of the cinematic inspirations for The Drowned Man, alongside George Büchner’s fractured literary masterpiece, Woyzeck. There are limited tickets on sale here.

Chicago Reader review:
'Billy Wilder's searing, funny, morbid look at the real tinsel beneath the phony tinsel (1950). Aging silent-movie vamp Gloria Swanson takes up with William Holden, a two-bit screenwriter on the make, and virtually holds him captive in her Hollywood gothic mansion. Erich von Stroheim, once her director, now her butler, is the other figure in this menage-a-weird. A tour de force for Swanson and one of Wilder's better efforts.'
Dan Druker

Here (and above) is the trailer: 'The most unusual picture in many years'.

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