Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 60: Sun Mar 1

No1: Monsieur Klein (Losey, 1976): Odeon Tottenham Court Road, 4.15pm

This film is screening as part of the Festival of the Moving Image. Full details here.

Time Out introduction to festival:
Organised and hosted by students at University College London, the weekend-long Festival of the Moving Image will this year focus on the theme of truth and lies. Opening with last year’s jawdropping Edward Snowden documentary ‘
Citizenfour’, the festival also features a Q&A with Mike Leigh following a screening of his Oscar-nominated ‘Secrets and Lies’, plus a showing of excellent Belgian comedy ‘Toto the Hero’ with an introduction by the director. But we’re most excited about the Monday night event, in which Stanley Kubrick’s regular producer Jan Harlan will discuss the great man’s approach to art and filmmaking, followed by one of his very finest films, Paths of Glory.

Sunday's main presentation is a rare screening of Joseph Losey's Monsieur Klein.

Chicago Reader review:
Alain Delon stars as an art dealer in occupied Paris who discovers that his identity is being siphoned off by a Jewish refugee with his name. Although cast as a thriller, Joseph Losey's 1976 film is more intellectually than emotionally involving. As in The Servant, Losey is concerned with the shifting relationship of victim and oppressor, and the theme is drawn with tremendous care and subtlety. A little more passion, though, would have been appreciated.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.


No2: Innocent Sorcerers (Wajda, 1960):
Reel Islington Film Festival, Resource For London, 356 Holloway Rd, N7 6PA, 5pm

This screens as part of the Reel Islington film festival. Full details can be found here.

Here is their introduction to tonight's screening:
Andrzej Wajda made this provocative film about contemporary youth in post-war Warsaw from a script co-written by Jerzy Skolimowski. A vivid portrait of a new and relentless post-war milieu, portrayed with compelling lead performances. Followed by a discussion with Jazzwise Magazine writer Selwyn Harris on the film’s infamous soundtrack. Selwyn is the producer of a recent highly acclaimed 4-CD box set release on Jazz on Film Records ( titled Jazz in Polish Cinema. The box set features the first ever release of the complete original soundtrack of Innocent Sorcerers.

Chicago Reader review:
A 22-year-old Jerzy Skolimowski coscripted this minor Andrzej Wajda feature (1960), a modish comedy about a hip young doctor who moonlights as a jazz drummer. The film serves as a fascinating document of Polish youth culture during the least repressive years of the communist era, as well as a rough draft for the freewheeling comedies Skolimowski would soon direct himself (Walkover, Identification Marks: None). Wajda, for all his talent, has never had much flair for comedy, and this feels weirdly studied for a movie about youthful exuberance. But there are passages of genuine spontaneity, especially in an extended confrontation between the hero and a young woman he's trying to bed; it recalls the famous bedroom showdown in Godard's Breathless, released earlier that same year.
Ben Sachs

Here (and above) is a montage of scenes from the film.

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