Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 59: Wed Feb 28

Boom! (Losey, 1968): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6pm

This 35mm presentation, part of the John Barry season at BFI Southbank, also screens on February 24th. You can find all the details here.

BFI introduction:
Set on a secluded island, Boom introduced a new, minimal ‘music box’ sound that Barry frequently used in the years immediately before his move to the US. The powerhouse combination of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor at their most florid propels Joseph Losey’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. Wonderfully camp, it bombed in 1968. But time has been kind to it. And Noël Coward has a star turn as Bill Ridgeway, ‘the witch of Capri’.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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