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27 May 2017: 2001: A Space Odyssey


Co-written by the director and novelist Arthur C Clarke, the film charts the progress of 'civilisation' through the influence of mysterious black monoliths on prehistoric apes developing their skills and, later, on astronauts involved in a secret mission to Jupiter. Characteristic of Kubrick's interest in evolution and artificial intelligence (most notably in the astronauts' battle of wits with troublesome computer HAL 9000), the film also displays his desire for technical perfection.
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31 May 2017: Rouch 100

31 May 2017: Rouch 100

UEL Moving Image Research Centre presents a programme of shorts to mark the 100th anniversary of Jean Rouch’s birth and explore the influence of his work on artist cinema today. The filmmakers will be present for a Q&A following the screening.
1 June 2017: Abigail Child and Ruth Novaczek: Trilogies

1 June 2017: Abigail Child and Ruth Novaczek: Trilogies

Close-Up is pleased to present a joint programme focusing on the works of experimental filmmakers Abigail Child and Ruth Novaczek. Each of the filmmakers present trilogies of films which explore boundaries of Identity, desire, memory and the built environment, as they journey through personal and collective histories. Abigail Child and Ruth Novaczek will be conversation following the screenings.
4 June 2017: Take Two: Pickpocket / Vivre sa Vie

4 June 2017: Take Two: Pickpocket / Vivre sa Vie

Godard’s tragic portrait of a life told in 12 scenes set out to show rather than explain the plight of its young Parisian protagonist, trimming away all superfluous narrative and leaving the audience with 12 fragments of a larger story. This attempt at cinematic "objectivity" mirrors Pickpocket, in which Bresson’s austere storytelling only shows what is necessary to gain an "objective" perspective of the film’s story.
8 June 2017: Bred and Born

8 June 2017: Bred and Born

As part of the East End Film Festival 2017, Four Corners presents a double-bill of films by founder-member Joanna Davis, looking at women’s lives in 1970s and 80s East London. Shown here on 16mm prints, both films place women at the centre of the images and stories, seeking to counteract male-defined culture and to create a new visual language through which women’s identity can be explored.
5 - 19 June 2017: Abbas Kiarostami: Early Works

5 - 19 June 2017: Abbas Kiarostami: Early Works

Almost a year since Abbas Kiarostami's unexpected departure, Close-Up celebrates the art of Iranian cinema's poet by screening some of his rarely seen early films made in the 1970s and 1980s for Kanoon. This programme shows the filmmaker reframing the world and the relationships between individuals through his creative involvement with actors – often amateurs and children – producing philosophical works that reinvigorated the genres of documentary and narrative fiction.
18 June 2017: Take Two: Johnny Guitar / Pierrot le fou

18 June 2017: Take Two: Johnny Guitar / Pierrot le fou

Ray’s second colour film marks an important turning point in his career toward the blatantly stylized, melodramatic style that would become his trademark and calling card. In his stunning exploration of personal and global violence, Godard depicts the picaresque journey across France of a disaffected Everyman and his girlfriend, who become involved in criminal activities along the way.

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26 May 2017: Full Metal Jacket

26 May 2017: Full Metal Jacket

Although initially received with bewilderment, Full Metal Jacket now stands among the key works in Stanley Kubrick’s exploration of identity and its problematic nature. Fairly closely adapted from Gustav Hasford’s 1979 novel The Short-Timers, Kubrick’s film follows a young recruit dubbed Private Joker as he moves from basic training on Parris Island to the hell of Vietnam.
28 May 2017: Fantasia

28 May 2017: Fantasia

What was intended as Mickey Mouse’s comeback short grew in scope and ambition to become Walt Disney’s third feature. Choreographed to the strains of Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ponchielli and others, Fantasia’s dancing mushrooms and hippos, Bald Mountain demons and sorcerer’s apprentice are among the most iconic images in cinema history.
28 May 2017: Spartacus

28 May 2017: Spartacus

Stanley Kubrick directed a cast of screen legends n the sweeping epic that defined a genre and ushered in a new Hollywood era. The assured acting, lush Technicolor cinematography, bold costumes, and visceral fight sequences won Spartacus four Oscars; the blend of politics and sexual suggestion scandalized audiences.