Sunday, 11 October 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 298: Sun Oct 25

Reds (Beatty, 1981): Regent Street Cinema, 2pm

To celebrating acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Trevor Griffiths’ 80th birthday this year, Regent Street Cinema are screening (in 35mm) his screen adaptation of Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed. Griffiths will be in extended conversation with Gareth Evans after the film, talking about Reds and his life’s work on stage and screen.

Chicago Reader review:
Warren Beatty's shapely 1981 epic, based on the life of radical journalist John Reed, is a stunningly successful application of a novelistic aesthetic—a film that makes full and thoughtful use of its three-and-a-half-hour length to develop characters, ideas, and motifs with a depth seldom seen in movies. Though it deals with historical events—World War I, the growth of the workers' movement in America, the Russian Revolution—history is not used simply as a backdrop; rather, Beatty focuses on the interdependence of personal choices and historical developments, mingling ideology and emotion in a very human whole. The cast is extraordinary, with Diane Keaton in particular achieving a weight and authority she hadn't shown before. With Beatty, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, and a good many real-life “witnesses” of the periods and events covered, including Henry Miller and George Jessel.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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