Welcome to Close-Up!


Close-Up makes film culture and history accessible through its cinema, film library & online archive.

Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Close-Up is the ideal venue for all your screening needs, whether you wish to host a press screening, corporate event, presentation, conference, Christmas or birthday party. Our adjoined cafe and bar is fully licensed and offers a convivial atmosphere for drinks receptions, networking or informal post-screening discussion.

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Pier Paolo Pasolini

By John Berger

If I say he was like an angel, I can’t imagine anything more stupid being said about him. An angel painted by Coso Tura? No. There’s a St. George by Tura which is his speaking likeness! He abhorred official saints and beatific angels. So why say it?
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It's Not Blood, It's Red: Colour(s) of Jean-Luc Godard

By Robert Barry

In the midst of a 1980 interview with Jean-Luc Godard, Colin MacCabe suddenly finds himself struck dumb: "Although colour's very important in your work, I couldn't find any way to talk about it. It's like a difficulty that I have with Joyce's Finnegan's Wake."
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Jean-Luc Godard: Vivre sa Vie

By Frieda Grafe

"I know what I want to say, I think before I say it, to be quite sure that it is what I must say – phtt – suddenly I can’t say it anymore", Nana explains to the philosopher with whom she started a conversation in a café.
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"Tensional Differences": The Anxiety of Re-Mediation in Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave Films

By Ágnes Pethő

This essay discusses the way in which Godard, in his films made during the period of the Nouvelle Vague, addresses the issues regarding the rivalry between the emerging modern cinema and the other arts and media.

Film Programmes

3 - 29 May 2018: Close-Up on Pier Paolo Pasolini

3 - 29 May 2018: Close-Up on Pier Paolo Pasolini

Celebrated as one of the central figures of the postwar Italian cinema, Pasolini is recognized in his native land as arguably the most important Italian artist and intellectual of the twentieth century. An outspoken but unorthodox leftist, Pasolini attracted controversy from all sides of the political spectrum, with his often sexually explicit and willingly perverse films drawing the frequent ire of Italian censors.
14 - 31 May 2018: Take Two: Kiss Me Deadly / Repo Man

14 - 31 May 2018: Take Two: Kiss Me Deadly / Repo Man

Disorder and paranoia in the American wasteland. Robert Aldrich's existential Cold War noir paired with Alex Coxpunk satire of life under the Reagan administration.
26 May 2018: Georgia 100: Film/Fest/Feast

26 May 2018: Georgia 100: Film/Fest/Feast

Marking the centenary of the founding of the first Georgian Republic and the centenary of the death of the outsider artist Niko Pirosmani, Life Through Cinema and cARTveli foundation present a programme of young Georgian filmmakers, video-artists and curators reflecting on Georgia’s recent history.