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World of Jacques Demy

Program Running Time 90 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Agnes Varda
(France, 1995, 90 mins, DCP)

Agnès Varda’s tribute to her late husband Jacques Demy is a loving look at his brilliant vision and techniques. Included are clips from Demy’s films, along with interviews of those who worked with him and knew him best: Catherine Deneuve, Anouk Aimée, Michel Piccoli, composer Michel Legrand, Demy’s children, and fans.

“Of all the New Wave directors who once professed their joy in cinema, Demy remained most faithful to the delights of sight and sound and to the romance of movie iconography. With loving attention to those Atlantic coast towns — Nantes, Rochefort, and Cherbourg — where he grew up, Demy invented a world of benign and enchanting imagination.”

– David Thomson

American In Paris

Program Running Time 115 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Vincente Minnelli
(USA, 1951, 115 mins, DCP)

A masterpiece of the Hollywood musical tradition, An American in Paris truly shines, remaining as fresh and exciting today as it was in 1951. Gene Kelly stars as Jerry Mulligan, an American expat trying to succeed as a painter in Paris. George and ira Gershwin provide the songs, and Minnelli pulls out all the stops for the climactic ballet against a series of Impressionist backdrops.

"Minnelli’s Technicolor musical, re-released in a gorgeous restoration, is fresher than ever." Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

"Full of light and movement. Nothing of its kind from Hollywood had quite possessed its class, sense of style, and chic." Clive Herschhorn, The Hollywood Musical

LOVE AND DEATH

Program Running Time 85 min.

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Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1975, 85 mins, DVD)

In his sixth film as director, Allen poked fun at his intellectual heroes, the heavyweight Russian novelists Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in particular, but also Chekov, Ingmar Bergman and Nabakov. At the same time this tale of a cowardly Russian philosopher caught up in the fight against Napoleon bows in the direction of Bob Hope and the Marx Brothers. It is one of Allen’s funniest movies.

Shadows and Fog

Program Running Time 85 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1991, 85 mins, 35mm)

This curious hommage to German Expressionism is both a uniquely perverse enterprise and a real hoot. It’s a Kafkaesque comedy based on Allen’s earlier one-act play, unpromisingly titled "Death". Allen himself plays Kleinman, a clerk in an unnamed central European country who is reluctantly pulled into a vigilante hunt for a serial killer.

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Program Running Time 113 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Robert B Weide
(USA, 2012, 113 mins, DCP)

Everything you always wanted to know about Woody… well, very nearly. This documentary traces the long and prolific life of a comedy genius, with relaxed commentary from Allen himself, his sister, and collaborators from every phase of his 50-years showbiz career.

"Not a film to be missed." Philip French, The Observer

Radio Days

Program Running Time 88 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1987, 88 mins, 35mm)

Allen waxes notalgic in this, one of his most autobiographical films, an affectionate tribute to the radio stars of the 1940s, and to the working class listeners - like Woody’s own family - who marveled at their exploits, both real and imaginary.

"Radio Days is so ambitious and so audacious that it almost defies description." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Purple Rose of Cairo

Program Running Time 82 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1985, 82 mins, 35mm)

During the Great Depression, a New Jersey housewife returns again to again to watch RKO’s latest madcap Manhattan romance. So great is her devotion to the movie that one of the characters, Tom Baxter, can’t refrain from commenting on it - stepping down from the screen and into real life. Complications ensue.

Hannah and Her Sisters

Program Running Time 107 min.

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Directed By: Woody Allen
(USA, 1986, 107 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Three sisters: Woody Allen explores the bonds and infidelities running through a middle class New York family in this, one of his most expansive and warmest films, a tender comedy that garnered Academy Awards for Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest and for Allen’s screenplay.

"An articulate, literate film, full of humanity and perception." Time Out

"One of Woody’s best ever." David Parkinson, Empire

Manet - Portraying Life

Program Running Time 100 min.

Films in Program

(GB, 2013, 100 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Earlier this year, London’s Royal Academy of Arts mounted the first ever retrospective devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet. Spanning this enigmatic and, at times, controversial artist’s entire career Manet: Portraying Life brought together works from across Europe, Asia and the USA. Documentarian Phil Grabsky was granted exclusive access to explore the exhibition with the kind of intensive scrutiny (and learned insight) most art-lovers can only dream of.

"Once again the film proves that seeing an exhibition through a camera (especially an HD one) is far better than not seeing it at all." Roberta Smith, New York Times

Big Lebowski

Program Running Time 127 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
(USA, 1998, 127 mins, DCP)

Some film only get better the more you see them - and this may be the best time Hollywood has given us in the last 20 years. It’s a whacky, warped slacker generation riff on Raymond Chandler, a shaggy dog story which delights in going sideways at every turn. Jeff Bridges is the Dude, and what he really wants is to get his rug back…

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