Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 93: Tue Apr 5

Little Friend (Viertel, 1934): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.30pm

This 35mm screening is part of the Projecting the Archive strand at BFI Southbank and will be introduced by Rosie Taylor.

BFI introduction:
After a spell in Hollywood, Austrian director Berthold Viertel came to Britain to make this psychological drama about a young girl pushed to the brink amid the scandal and chaos of her parents’ bitter divorce. Expressionistic and surrealist visual sequences punctuate the narrative, depicting the confusion and nightmares of a child, and perfectly illustrating her traumatic psychological state. The talents of cinematographer Günther Krampf (The Student of Prague, Pandora’s Box) and art director Alfred Junge (I Know Where I’m Going, Black Narcissus) perfectly complement the film’s mood, which has echoes of a classic Hitchcock thriller.

Here (and above) is an extract.

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