Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 128: Tue May 10

CAPITAL CELLULOID takes over the Album Club session at the Spiritland bar in Kings Cross this week. Each night from 6pm on Tuesday to Saturday we’ll be spinning a soundtrack LP at the famous music venue, starting with Roy Budd’s hugely influential jazz score for Get Carter (the film gets a re-release at BFI Southbank at the end of this month). Do come along to say hello (here are the details of how to get there) and enjoy the vibe at one of the best venues in town.


Man Bites Dog (Belvaux/Bonzel/Poelvoorde, 1992): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.55pm

This 35mm presentation, also being screened on May 2nd (details here), is part of the French Extremity season at BFI Southbank. The full film schedule can be found via this link.

Time Out review:
Mostly, Ben (Benoit Poelvoorde) is an ordinary sort of guy. One passion, however, is unusual: he regularly commits murder, not exactly at random, but certainly without malice or provocation. So intriguing is Ben's deadly charm that a film crew decide to make a documentary about him; and come to like him so much that they start facilitating, then collaborating in, his crimes. This spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary is funny, scary, provocative, and profoundly disturbing. While the body count is sky high and the violence explicit, it's neither a thriller nor, finally, a psychological study. Rather, it's a witty, uncompromising acknowledgment of both film-makers' and audiences' often unhealthy fascination with the spectacle of violence. Even as you admire its bravura, intelligence and seeming authenticity, such is its rigour that you are also forced to question just why you are watching it. Purely on a gut level, it may offend; but as an exploration of voyeurism, it's one of the most resonant, caustic contributions to the cinema of violence since Peeping Tom.

Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer. 

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