Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 279: Mon Oct 10

All That Money Can Buy (Dieterle, 1941): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.10pm

66th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (5th - 16th October 2022) DAY 6

Every day (from October 5th to October 16th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening.

This film also screens at Curzon Soho on Sunday October 16th. Details here.

BFI review:
William Dieterle’s inspired studio-era oddity, now beautifully restored, follows New Hampshire farmer Jabez Stone, who one stormy night succumbs to ‘Mr Scratch’, the devil of local folkloric legend, who promises him seven years of riches in exchange for his soul. What’s on the line, though, isn’t just Jabez’s soul, but the very foundational ideals on which America is based – ideals personified in the figure of legendary local politician Daniel Webster. Bernard Herrmann’s unforgettable score would win him an Oscar, but creative inspiration runs throughout – the composer was just one among many of the same creative team who had worked on Citizen Kane, and Dieterle’s fascinating film shares much of the same sense of exhilarating creative liberation found in Welles’s masterpiece.
James Bell

Here (and above) is director Joe Dante on the film.

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