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The Elephant Man

(1980, 124 mins, 35mm)
CAST Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick
Classification: 14A


Aug 08 06:30 pm

The true story of a Victorian circus freak, John Merrick (played by John Hurt) “saved” by a philanthropic doctor and adopted by polite society. Again filming in black and white (as he had for Eraserhead), Lynch turned Dickensian London into a feverish, infernal environment where the normal and the monstrous can switch places. His most conventional film, Elephant Man was widely praised and nominated for eight Academy Awards. Veteran DP Freddie Francis went on to shoot Lynch’s Dune and The Straight Story, as well as Scorsese’s Cape Fear.

35mm print from UCLA archive, donated by Lowell Peterson, ASC.

"Lynch’s powerful depiction of Merrick (played by John Hurt) moves a viewer from revulsion and fear to empathy and tenderness. That’s the very movement of the story itself." Richard Brody, New Yorker

Raging Bull

(1980, 129 mins, 35mm)
CAST Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Mario Gallo
Classification: 19+


Aug 29 08:30 pm
Aug 31 04:00 pm

‘I was bleeding internally all over and I didn’t know it. My eyes were bleeding, my hands, everything except my brain and my liver… then I realised I was LaMotta, I’d make the movie about me.’ Six years and six films after Mean Streets propelled him into the maelstrom of Hollywood success – and a near-fatal drug problem – Martin Scorsese made what he believed could be his last movie. Its subject: the Bronx Bull, Jake La Motta, a graceless but indomitable boxer who never quits beating himself up. Punishing, painful and pitiless, with the ultimate Method performance from Robert De Niro at its core, it’s in many ways the culmination of the American psycho-realist tradition, but this is realism pushing through towards spiritual redemption by way of Scorsese’s heightened subjective style.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

(2014, 99 mins, DCP)
In Iranian
CAST Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, Milad Eghbali
Classification: 19+


Aug 22 08:30 pm

Looking for love (and hemoglobin) in the desolate streets of Iranian ghost town Bad City, an alluring vampire (Sheila Vand, entrancing) must also navigate the comically offbeat, unequivocally cool reality envisioned by director Ana Lily Amirpour. Graphic novelist Frank Miller seems to have been enlisted as urban planner for this macabre, monochromatic outpost where horror tropes are neighboured by Spaghetti Western influences and an unseen jukebox plays Iranian rock, British post-punk and dreamy electro pop. Amidst this intoxicating mélange, we discover Arash (Arash Maranadi), a Persian matinee idol who has copped James Dean’s style and paid off his 50s-era ride only to run afoul of a thuggish dealer (Dominic Rains). Things get all the more complicated for Arash when he crosses paths with a certain unnamed, undead girl.

"Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus. The director combines elements of film noir and the restraint of Iranian New Wave cinema with the subdued depictions of a bored youth culture found in early Jim Jarmusch… The comparisons go on and on, but the result is wholly original." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"A wildly inventive Iranian vampire movie that grabs you by the throat with its dark, moody style, pulsating soundtrack and offbeat love story." David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle