Sunday, 5 June 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 180: Wed Jun 29

No1: The American Friend (Wenders, 1977): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm

This 35mm screening is part of the Wim Wenders Selectrospective at the Prince Charles Cinema, You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
This gripping 1977 American thriller from Wim Wenders turns back on itself with deadly European irony. Dennis Hopper is an international art smuggler, Bruno Ganz is a Hamburg craftsman. Together they commit a murder and briefly become friends. The film has a fine grasp of tenuous emotional connections in the midst of a crumbling moral universe. Wenders's films (Kings of the Road, Alice in the Cities) are about life on the edge; this is one of his edgiest.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.


No2: One Million Years BC (Chaffey, 1966): Picturehouse Central, 7pm

This looks a fascinating event. Here is Picturehouse Central's introduction:

Usherettes’ torches shining in the dark. Couples kissing on the back row. A haze of cigarette smoke hanging in the air. Young people dashing for the door before the national anthem plays. Cinema-going in the 1960s was a very different experience than it is today, and for one night only, we are bringing it back. With a 50th anniversary showing of Hammer’s ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. and a host of actors recreating 1960s memories both before and during the screening, this evening will take you back in time to a different age of cinema magic. 

Come dressed in your finest sixties attire and join us for an immersive cinema experience like no other. This is an immersive cinema event that will involve interacting with actors before, during and after the film is screened. It has been organised by researchers in the Cinema and Television History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. Join us at 7.00 to enter the playful world of 1960s cinema showmanship before the film programme starts at 8.00.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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