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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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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 The known career of Stanley Kubrick encompasses an acknowledged 13 movie features, one withdrawn movie feature, several short documentaries, and a myriad number of photo spreads.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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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: The King and the Mockingbird

29 April: The King and the Mockingbird

We are delighted to start a new strand of programmes for the little ones. Starting this month we will present a series of films, animations and cartoons to the wonder of children and parents alike.
29 April 2017: The Image Speaks: Audition / Momma Don’t Allow

29 April 2017: The Image Speaks: 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, 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: The Image Speaks: Free Cinema Movement

30 April 2017: The Image Speaks: Free Cinema Movement

This programme, solely devoted to the films of the Free Cinema Movement, presents Karel Reisz's sympathetic depiction of teddy boys, We Are the Lambeth Boys, alongside Robert Vas and Lindsey Anderson's documents of different strata of society – presented on 35mm and 16mm prints. Introduced by Peter Hames.

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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.