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1 - 26 July 2018: Face of Another


The Phantom of the Opera
Rupert Julian
1929 | 91 min | Tinted | Digital
Silent with recorded music by Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Lon Chaney, "the man of a thousand faces", gives his most famous performance in this first version of the oft-filmed tale. Based on Gaston Leroux's novel, Chaney stars as the Phantom, living in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, who falls in love with the voice of a young opera singer. Infatuated, he kidnaps her, dragging her to the depths below where she will sing only for him. read more

The Invisible Man
James Whale
1933 | 70 min | B/W | Digital

Like Frankenstein, The Invisible Man offers an unsettling cautionary tale of scientific hubris run amok. The film’s story of a mild-mannered scientist transformed by his fantastical invention into a raving megalomaniac is less an ethical debate about man playing God than an existential allegory about the seductive nature of power. read more

Eyes Without a Face
Georges Franju
1960 | 86 min | B/W | Digital
French with English subtitles

At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance – at a horrifying price. read more

Dark Passage
Delmer Daves
1947 | 106 min | B/W | Digital

"A dreamlike noir predicated on and inspiring mad passion… a movie of strange coincidences and occult connections" Bogart plays Vincent Parry, a man falsely convicted for his wife's murder who escapes from San Quentin and undergoes plastic surgery on his face to elude the police. read more

John Frankenheimer
1966 | 106 min | B/W | Digital

In one of his most iconic roles, Rock Hudson stars as the victim of his own secret desires, a successful businessman who signs a Machiavellian plot with a mysterious "company" by accepting their irresistible offer to change his identity and lifestyle, effortlessly abandoning his home and wife to become an artist in Malibu. read more

The Face of Another
Hiroshi Teshigahara
1966 | 124 min | B/W | Digital
Japanese with English subtitles

A staggering work of existential science fiction, The Face of Another dissects identity with the sure hand of a surgeon. Okuyama (Yojimbo's Tatsuya Nakadai), after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist's radical experiment: a face transplant, created from the mould of a stranger. read more

The Skin I Live In
Pedro Almodóvar
2011 | 115 min | Colour | 35mm
Spanish with English subtitles

An uneasy forecast of looming advances in post-human sciences, an extravagant extrapolation of Eyes Without a Face, and a fresh opportunity for Almodóvar to fix his unapologetically (queer) male gaze on more immaculate female flesh, The Skin I Live In embodies a rather studied sort of perversion that nonetheless resonates with Almodóvar’s evolving concerns. read more

Under the Skin
Jonathan Glazer
2013 | 108 min | Colour | Digital

"While Under the Skin purports to ponder mankind as regarded by an objective, alien gaze, the movie is also a documentary portrait of its wildly objectified star. Ms. Johansson is a sacred monster. What makes the movie most uncanny is the knowledge that her sexy vampire is not a man-hungry femme fatale but an implacable, agendered It." – J. Hoberman read more