Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 99: Thu Apr 9

No1: The Samurai (Kleinert, 2014): Prince Charles Cinema,  9pm


This is a Duke Mitchell Film Club presentation. Here is their introduction:

One of The Duke"s favourite titles from last year, "The Samurai" is about to hit DVD on 13th April so we thought what better way to celebrate its" release than holding a special screening? For those unaware "The Samurai" is a sexually-warped horror film with exquisite moments of pure madness.

On the edge of a dark forest, where the fear of wolves prevents locals from straying too far from home, a young police officer, Jakob receives a package addressed to the ‘Lone Wolf’. As the night shift starts a mysterious caller claims the package belongs to him. Venturing out alone, Jakob unknowingly delivers a samurai sword to a wild-eyed man in a wedding dress, who entices him to participate in a bloody crusade through the village. 

In true Duke Mitchell fashion just showing the film will never be enough: so not only do we have the brilliant and multi-talented director of the film Till Kleinert flying to London for an introduction but we"ve also put together a special, one-time-only pre-show where you"ll be able to watch Till"s favourite trailers, win some freebies and see mind-blowing oddities. We"ll also follow the screening of the film with an extended Q & A as well as the opportunity to get copies of the film early and get them signed! 

So make sure you put 9th April in your calendar and get ready to spend an evening of warped fun with "The Samurai" and Duke himself! 

Here and above is the trailer.


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No2: Altman (Mann, 2014): BFI Southbank, Studio, 6.40pm


Here is the BFI Southbank introduction to tonight's screening:
Innovative, influential, independent, the late Robert Altman ranks among the greatest of American filmmakers. Ron Mann’s documentary uses extensive footage of its wittily articulate subject in conversation, home movies or on location, alongside contributions from actors and other collaborators, to explore what was so special about films like The Long Goodbye, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park and other cinematic gems.

Chicago Reader review:
Produced for the Movie Channel, this documentary by Ron Mann (Tales of the Rat Fink) delivers a breezy, insubstantial survey of Robert Altman's long career, from his early years shooting industrials in his native Kansas City, Missouri, to his lifetime achievement award at the 2006 Oscars. Mann punctuates the fast-moving filmography with close-ups of familiar Altman players (Lily Tomlin, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Lyle Lovett, Michael Murphy) pithily defining the term Altmanesque, though these cameos prove less illuminating than the fond voice-over reminiscences from the director's widow and grown children. Given Mann's cursory treatment of even the landmark films (M*A*S*H, Nashville, Short Cuts, et al), this is most interesting when it explores the least-known periods in Altman's career—his 60s apprenticeship in TV, directing episodes of Combat! and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, or his years in the wilderness between Popeye (1980) and The Player (1992). 
JR Jones

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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