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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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1 - 29 April 2017: The King and the Mockingbird

1 - 29 April 2017: 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.
23 April 2017: The Image Speaks: The Firemen’s Ball / Together

23 April 2017: The Image Speaks: 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.

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: 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, 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: The Image Speaks: Free Cinema

30 April 2017: The Image Speaks: 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

5 May 2017: Killer's Kiss

5 May 2017: Killer's Kiss

Kubrick's second feature is a moody thriller shot on location in the streets of New York, effectively capturing the dark underbelly of the city at night. The story concerns a down-at-heel boxer falls for a night-club dancer after saving her from being raped by her boss, who consequently determines to put an end to their romance.
6 May 2017: Lolita

6 May 2017: Lolita

Stanley Kubrick’s sixth film, a brilliant adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s darkly humorous and controversial novel, tells the story of a middle-aged man’s unusual sexual obsession with a precociously seductive, barely pubescent teenager, filtered through an aura of incest.
7 May 2017: Paths of Glory

7 May 2017: Paths of Glory

This devastating anti-war film focuses on an actual incident that took place among French forces during World War I in which three soldiers from a regiment that failed to advance on the enemy were randomly selected and executed for cowardice.
7 May 2017: The Killing

7 May 2017: The Killing

Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold-blooded punch to the gut.

Calendar

Fri 28 Apr 7:30pm
Mulholland Drive
Sat 29 Apr 2:00pm
The King and the Mockingbird
Sat 29 Apr 4:30pm
Mulholland Drive
Sat 29 Apr 7:30pm
Audition + Momma Don’t Allow
Fri 05 May 7:30pm
Killer's Kiss
Sat 06 May 7:00pm
Lolita
Sun 07 May 6:00pm
Paths of Glory
Sun 07 May 8:00pm
The Killing
Fri 12 May 7:30pm
A Clockwork Orange
Sat 13 May 7:30pm
The Shining
Sun 14 May 7:00pm
Barry Lyndon
Sun 21 May 8:00pm
Dr. Strangelove
Fri 26 May 7:30pm
Full Metal Jacket
Sat 27 May 7:30pm
2001: A Space Odyssey
Sun 28 May 7:00pm
Spartacus