Saturday, 6 August 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 249: Tue Sep 6

 No1: Lilith (Rossen, 1964): Prince Charles Cinema, 6.15pm

This 35mm screening is part of the Warren Beatty season at the Prince Charles. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Robert Rossen's last film (1964) is a masterpiece, and also a complete contradiction of his career. The social critic (All the King's Men, The Hustler) suddenly blossoms into a hothouse romantic, through the dreamy story of an apprentice psychoanalyst (Warren Beatty) who falls in love with one of his patients (Jean Seberg) and the sweet morbidity she represents. Photographed by the great Eugen Schufftan, the film is conceived in shades of white so delicate and elusive that the picture barely seems to brush the screen (a scratched or even mildly dirty print can be fatal to the mood). With Peter Fonda, Kim Hunter, Jessica Walter, and Gene Hackman.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is an extract.


No2: Ace In The Hole (Wilder, 1951): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm

This screening is part of the Kirk Douglas season at BFI Southbank and is also being shown on September 10th. Full details here.

"I've seen some hard-boiled eggs in my time but you're 20 minutes," someone says to central character Chuck Tatum, played by Kirk Douglas. You'll know you could add another 20 great lines to that once you've seen this jet-black film, even by Billy Wilder standards.

Chicago Reader review:
Billy Wilder being bitter, without Billy Wilder being funny. This 1951 film, about a cynical reporter who seizes on the plight of a man trapped in a mine shaft to promote his career, is cold, lurid, and fascinating, propelled by the same combination of moral outrage and sneaky admiration that animates the paperback novels of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain. Kirk Douglas stars, and his psychotic charm is perfect for the part; Jan Sterling is unforgettable as the victim's hard-bitten wife, who's willing to go along with Douglas's scheme.
Dave Kehr

Here is an extract.

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