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3 June - 30 July 2017: On the Road


Close-Up presents a two-month programme exploring the road as a state of mind within late 20th Century American and European independent cinema. Featuring films by Ida Lupino, Jean-Luc Godard, Dennis Hopper, Larry Gottheim, Shelley Berde, Monte Hellman, Terrence Malick, Peter Bogdanovich, Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Chris Petit, Aki Kaurismäki, Robert Kramer, Sophie Calle & Greg Shephard, Duncan Tucker, James Benning, and Arthur Summereder.
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Showing This Week

24 June 2017: Double Blind (No Sex Last Night)

24 June 2017: Double Blind (No Sex Last Night)

We hadn't been living together for more than a year, but our relationship had worsened to such an extent that we had stopped talking to one another altogether. I dreamed of marrying him. He dreamed of making movies. To get him to travel across America with me, I suggested that we make a film during the trip. He agreed.
25 June 2017: Leningrad Cowboys Go America + Which Way to CA?

25 June 2017: Leningrad Cowboys Go America + Which Way to CA?

A struggling Siberian rock band leaves the lonely tundra to tour the United States because, as they’re told, "they’ll buy anything there." Aki Kaurismäki’s winningly aloof farce follows the musicians as they bravely make their way across the New World, carrying a bandmate (and some beer) in a coffin and sporting hairdos that resemble unicorn horns.

Showing Next Week

26 June 2017: Badlands

26 June 2017: Badlands

Badlands announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek.
28 June 2017: Ian Bourn: Self Portraits and Other Fictions

28 June 2017: Ian Bourn: Self Portraits and Other Fictions

Carroll / Fletcher Onscreen presents three video works by Ian Bourn, followed by a reading from his ongoing Placement series – an inter-disciplinary project based on autobiographical texts. Ian Bourn will also be in discussion with Steve Fletcher following the screening.
30 June 2017: Paris, Texas + Harmonica

30 June 2017: Paris, Texas + Harmonica

Wim Wenders’s emotionally overwhelming, American odyssey is a film of oppositions: wispy, home-recorded memories and rock-solid Southwestern landscapes; long stretches of silence and soul-baring monologues; and American and European sensibilities.
1 July 2017: Paper Moon

1 July 2017: Paper Moon

Ryan and Tatum O’Neal play a father-daughter con artist team traveling through the Depression-era Dust Bowl, fleecing widows and swindling shopkeepers, in this touching tragi-comedy. 

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2 July 2017: Festival of (In)appropriation

2 July 2017: Festival of (In)appropriation

Founded in 2009 and curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and repurpose it in “inappropriate” and inventive ways.
3 - 30 July 2017: Close-Up on John Cassavetes

3 - 30 July 2017: Close-Up on John Cassavetes

To mark the second anniversary of our cinema we revisit our opening programme, presenting six films by John Cassavetes on 35mm. Often hailed as the father of American independent film, John Cassavetes's maverick approach to filmmaking captured some of the most honest and genuinely moving portrayals of human emotion ever committed to film. 
3 - 23 July 2017: Faces

3 - 23 July 2017: Faces

People stripped of all defense; an extraordinary, lacerating examination of middle-aged sexuality, in which clumsiness, lust, and failure in communication are portrayed as inevitable components. Cassavetes is the master of fictional cinema vérité who subversively reveals us to ourselves. Our second screening is presented in a double bill with James Benning’s remake” – an unexpected venture into the world of found footage filmmaking for the master of minimalist filmmaking.
6 - 28 July 2017: Shadows

6 - 28 July 2017: Shadows

Shot on location in Manhattan with a cast and crew made up primarily of amateurs, Cassavetes' Shadows is a visionary work that is widely considered the forerunner of the American independent film movement.
7 July 2017: Transamerica

7 July 2017: Transamerica

Transamerica lays before us competing discourses in the form of a road trip of sorts, a multilayered “journey" that cuts across physical, emotional and spiritual spaces inhabited by preoperative Stanley Schupak / Sabrina Osborne, who goes by Bree (Felicity Huffman) and her son, Toby (Kevin Zegers).
9 July 2017: Route One/USA

9 July 2017: Route One/USA

After living abroad for a decade, Kramer embarked on the extended road trip which gave way to Route One USA, an engrossing portrait of Eighties America and one of Kramer’s finest works. Kramer introduces the fictional protagonist "Doc" to tie together the unscripted footage shot along the eponymous highway stretching from the Canadian border to the Florida Keys.
10 - 21 July 2017: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

10 - 21 July 2017: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

John Cassavetes engages film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese BookieSuspenseful, mesmerizing, and idiosyncratic, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is a thought-provoking examination of desperation and masculine identity.
11 July 2017: Pierrot le fou

11 July 2017: Pierrot le fou

In this 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.
12 - 25 July 2017: Love Streams

12 - 25 July 2017: Love Streams

Based on a play by Ted AllanLove Streams is a haunting, provocative, and brutally honest examination of love, emotional needs, loneliness, and longing
13 July 2017: Gwendolyn Leick: Things as they Were

13 July 2017: Gwendolyn Leick: Things as they Were

Gwendolyn Leick presents a reading from her book Things as they Were: Gertrude Stein, my Grandmother and their Lover, followed by a 16mm screening of Perry Miller Adato’s biographical documentary Gertrude Stein: When This You See, Remember Me.
14 - 24 July 2017: Stroszek

14 - 24 July 2017: Stroszek

One of Herzog's most accessible films, Stroszek is a lyrical, melancholy, bitterly funny tale of three oddly-assorted Berlin misfits who follow the American Dream to Wisconsin and find a bleak El Dorado of television, football, CB radio, truck stops, and mobile homesteading.
15 July 2017: The Hitch-Hiker

15 July 2017: The Hitch-Hiker

Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman, The Hitch-Hiker is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, The Hitch-Hiker is the tension-laden saga of two men on a camping trip are held captive by a homicidal drifter.

16 - 22 July 2017: Opening Night

16 - 22 July 2017: Opening Night

Broadway actress Myrtle Gordon (Gena Rowlands) rehearses for her latest play, about a woman unable to admit that she is ageing. When she witnesses the accidental death of an adoring young fan, she begins to confront the personal and professional turmoil she faces in her own life.
27 July 2017: Radio On

27 July 2017: Radio On

Chris Petit's cult classic is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema – a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie, crammed with eerie evocations of English landscape and weather.
30 July 2017: Take Two: Easy Rider / Easy Rider

30 July 2017: Take Two: Easy Rider / Easy Rider

Concluding our two-month On the Road season we present Dennis Hopper’s late-sixties classic in a double-bill with American minimalist filmmaker James Benning’s search for the legacy of the countercultural moment.

Calendar

Mon 26 Jun 7:30pm
Badlands
Fri 30 Jun 7:30pm
Paris, Texas + Harmonica
Sat 01 Jul 7:30pm
Paper Moon
Sun 02 Jul 7:30pm
Festival of (In)appropriation
Mon 03 Jul 7:30pm
Faces
Wed 05 Jul 7:30pm
Paper Moon
Thu 06 Jul 7:30pm
Shadows
Fri 07 Jul 7:30pm
Transamerica
Sun 09 Jul 5:30pm
Route One/USA
Tue 11 Jul 7:30pm
Pierrot le fou
Wed 12 Jul 7:30pm
Love Streams
Fri 14 Jul 7:30pm
Stroszek
Sat 15 Jul 7:30pm
The Hitch-Hiker
Sun 16 Jul 7:30pm
Opening Night
Mon 17 Jul 7:30pm
A Woman Under the Influence
Wed 19 Jul 7:30pm
Paris, Texas + Harmonica
Sat 22 Jul 7:30pm
Opening Night
Sun 23 Jul 5:00pm
James Benning's Faces
Sun 23 Jul 7:30pm
Faces
Mon 24 Jul 7:30pm
Stroszek
Tue 25 Jul 7:00pm
Love Streams
Thu 27 Jul 7:30pm
Radio On
Fri 28 Jul 7:30pm
Shadows
Sat 29 Jul 7:30pm
A Woman Under the Influence
Sun 30 Jul 5:30pm
James Benning's Easy Rider
Sun 30 Jul 7:30pm
Easy Rider