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22 - 30 April 2017: The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement


Close-Up and Czech Centre London present a season focusing on the rejection of established cinematic norms core to the early works of Czech director Miloš Forman and his contemporaries from the British Free Cinema movement. Marking the occasion of Miloš Forman’s 85th birthday, and screening mostly from original 16mm and 35mm prints, this programme uncovers for the first time the striking and instructive resemblances in the development of Czech and British cinema which evolved on parallel and sometimes interconnecting courses.
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Showing This Week

23 April 2017: Take Two: The Firemen’s Ball / Together

23 April 2017: Take Two: The Firemen’s Ball / Together

Milos Forman's strong, often-uncomfortable social satire is screened alongside Lorenza Mazzetti’s poetic Together, a semi-documentary about two deaf mutes in London’s East End, edited by Lindsay Anderson. Introduced by Dr David Sorfa.

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25 April 2017: Pallavi Paul: Long Hair, Short Ideas

25 April 2017: Pallavi Paul: Long Hair, Short Ideas

Close-Up and Carroll/Fletcher Onscreen present a trilogy of films by young Indian film-maker Pallavi Paul. Central to the trilogy is the revolutionary poet Vidrohi (the rebel), who began writing in the 1970s, as India was witnessing a time of great political turbulence and violence from both the state and far-left groups. Throughout the trilogy, as Paul explores the contours of fantasy, resistance, politics and history she extricates the political from a language of nostalgia or mourning to get to the heart of resistance. Pallavi Paul will be in conversation with writer Juliet Jacques following the screening.
28 - 29 April 2017: Mulholland Drive

28 - 29 April 2017: Mulholland Drive

Like Billy Wilder’s film named after another iconic Hollywood street, Mulholland Drive tells a sordid tale of the industry of illusion and its boulevards of broken dreams – but for Lynch, these dreams fold into dreams within dreams within dreams. The noir cracks open and gives way to a multi-toned, terrifyingly beautiful hallucination that is as much a complex reflection on Hollywood as it is an endlessly transforming psychological puzzle.
29 April 2017: Take Two: Audition / Momma Don’t Allow

29 April 2017: Take Two: Audition / Momma Don’t Allow

Consisting of two films, If There Were No Music focusing on the rehearsals of amateur musicians preparing for annual brass band championships, and Audition, capturing hopeful would-be singers, the Forman's film effectively launched the Czech New Wave. Shot on 16mm as an account of an evening at the Wood Green Jazz Club, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson’s Momma Don’t Allow captures the emerging youth culture. Introduced by Peter Hames.

30 April 2017: Free Cinema

30 April 2017: Free Cinema

In this programme, solely devoted to the Free Cinema films, Robert Vas’s Refuge England provides another unique record of London in the late 1950s. Instead of the bombsites, narrow streets, warehouses and pubs of the East End, it follows, from Waterloo via the West End to suburbia, the footsteps of a Hungarian refugee arriving in London with no English, little money and an incomplete address. Introduced by Peter Hames

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5 - 28 May 2017: Close-Up on Stanley Kubrick

5 - 28 May 2017: Close-Up on Stanley Kubrick

Rare is the artist who can suffuse his work with so much ambiguity and still intrigue. The known career of Stanley Kubrick encompasses an acknowledged 13 movie features, one withdrawn movie feature, several short documentaries, and a myriad number of photo spreads. Controversy surrounded many of these projects. On a surface level, Kubrick seemed willing to alienate the audience for his desired effects.

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The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and Free Cinema

By Peter Hames

In advance of our season on Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement, read Peter Hames's extended introduction to the programme.