A wide variety of films but all with one thing at their core; innovation. It seems almost a dirty word in popular cinema today (and it’s telling that the two modern choices are far from box-office busters), but there was a time when cinematic innovation was as casual a presence as the medium itself and Ozu, Capra and Leo McCarey exemplify this perfectly.
22/02/2015 – 7:30 pm
The Kazimier Gardens. – The Kazimier Garden, 30 Seel Street Liverpool L1 4JJ
Great music documentary following the lead up and aftermath of an LCD Soundsystem concert. Lots of music but spliced with an interesting filmic structure.
17/02/2015 – 7:45 pm
The Atkinson – The Aktinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB
Refreshing take on the social realist drama from one of Britain’s most interesting directors. Mixes Ken Loach with a sense of whimsy resulting in a compelling piece of drama. It also manages to not fall into the typical traps that looking at working class lives in film can sometimes allow.
22/02/2015 – 12:00 pm
Cornerhouse – Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street Manchester, M1 5NH
Easily the best film by the Marx Brothers, if only for its mixture of utterly ridiculous comedy and biting political satire. A natural precursor to Chaplin’s Great Dictator.
17/02/2015 – 7:30 pm
Cinema Museum – 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road) London SE11 4TH
One of Ozu’s real classics, Late Spring typifies the director’s minimal, formal style of beautifully composed static shots and gradually building emotional downfalls. It’s also one of Setsuko Hara’s best performances which says a lot considering she’s probably the greatest of all Japanese performers.
21/02/2015 – 7:00 pm
St Michael’s Community Hall, St Michael’s Place, Brighton, BN1 3FU
Classic Frank Capra and the complete template for the romantic comedy as we know the form today, It Happened One Night exemplifies the real beginnings of Hollywood’s golden age with a fast paced wit and a perfect comedic duo in Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
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