Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 27: Sat Jun 12

Quintet (Altman, 1979): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm

This 35mm presentation in the Robert Altman season at BFI Southbank also screens on June 30th. Full details can be found here.

Time Out review:
While certainly not one of Altman's most successful movies, this excursion into the sci-fi genre was unfairly criticised or neglected upon release. Set in a bleak landscape during a tough, inhospitable ice-age, it concerns a seal trapper (Paul Newman) and his wife (Brigitte Fossey) who wander into a strange, desolate city where they meet a group of people playing a mysterious game, for which the stakes gambled are life and death. Slow, humourless, and occasionally over-emphatic in its use of symbolism, it's nevertheless a fascinating film, which manages to work thanks to its absolute mastery of atmosphere.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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