Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 122: Wed Sep 15

Absolute Beginners (Temple, 1986): BFI Southbank, NFT1 8.25pm

This presentation will aslo include a Q&A with director Julien Temple and cinematographer Oliver Stapleton and is part of the the National Film & Tekevision School season at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
A fascinating attempt by rock video director Julien Temple to do several things at once—adapt a Colin MacInnes novel, show the London youth scene in 1958 (while dealing at length with the racial tensions of the period), build on some of the stylistic innovations of Frank Tashlin, Vincente Minnelli, and Orson Welles, and put to best use a fascinating score by Gil Evans that adapts everything from Charles Mingus to Miles Davis. A mixed success, but an exhilarating try (1986). With David Bowie, Keith Richards, and James Fox.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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