Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 114: Mon Apr 24

The Duellists (Scott, 1977): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.10pm

This 35mm presentation will be followed by a Q&A with composer Howard Blake.

BFI introduction:
Strasbourg, 1800. Two French officers engage in a duel following a minor disagreement. What both cannot see is that this seemingly trivial incident will have a marked effect on both their lives, as well as those around them. Ridley Scott’s visually ravishing debut feature is adapted from a Joseph Conrad story and features an early score by Howard Blake, which conveys the intensity of the two officer’s obsessive and destructive quest.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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