Sunday, 6 September 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 265: Tue Sep 22

Absolute Beginners (Temple, 1986): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.10pm


This screening, hosted by Danny Leigh with special guests star Patsy Kensit and director Julien Temple, is part of the London on Film season. The film is also being shown on 17th September. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
A fascinating attempt by rock video director Julien Temple to do several things at once—adapt a Colin MacInnes novel, show the London youth scene in 1958 (while dealing at length with the racial tensions of the period), build on some of the stylistic innovations of Frank Tashlin, Vincente Minnelli, and Orson Welles, and put to best use a fascinating score by Gil Evans that adapts everything from Charles Mingus to Miles Davis. A mixed success, but an exhilarating try (1986). With David Bowie, Keith Richards, and James Fox.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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