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Sun 7 Aug • Mysterious Nature and Anarchic Goats Double Bill
BAL (PG) 2.00 see trailer
(Turkey/Germany 2010) dir. Semih Kaplanoglu 105m. Subtitles. Digital.
Bora Atlas, Erdal Besikcioglu, Tulin Ozen, Ayse Altay, Alev Ucarer.
Set in the remote mountainous region of Turkey's Black Sea coast, Semih Kaplanoglu's Berlin Festival prize-winning triumph is the story of six-year-old Yusuf and the complicated relationship that develops with his father. The trauma of beginning school results in the boy's refusal to talk and dreams become his only way to communicate. Young Boras Altas is remarkable as Yusuf and the film is a beautiful meditation on both familial love and the mysteries of nature.
+ LE QUATTRO VOLTE (U) 4.05 see trailer
(Italy/Germany/Switzerland 2010) dir. Michelangelo Frammartino 88m. Digital.
Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano.
A story of anarchic goats and cosmic happenings set in the Calabria region at Italy's remote southern tip. Beginning with the final days of an old goatherd and, almost wordlessly, cyclically progressing through tales of animal, vegetable and mineral, LE QUATTRO VOLTE is a life-affirming contemplation of the world that is both beguiling, surprising and even comic. The goats provide laughs aplenty and one stunningly choreographed sequence culminates in a slapstick finale and the best ever screen performance by a dog.
£9/£7 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's
Sun 14 Aug • Dance Masterworks Double Bill
THE RED SHOES (U) 1.15 see trailer
(UK 1948) dirs. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger 135m. Digital.
Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Leonide Massine, Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tcherina.
Powell and Pressburger's spectacular Technicolor fantasy, now restored to its original brilliance, is the timeless tale of the ballerina torn between the career created by a manipulative impresario and her love of a young composer. The never-equalled combination of dance and drama is vibrant, surreal and inspirational cinema at its most sublime. Quite simply a masterpiece.
+ PINA 3D (U) 3.50 see trailer
(Germany, France, UK 2011) dir. Wim Wenders 104m. Digital.
Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Jorge Puerta.
The late Pina Bausch was one of the most original and innovative of modern dance choreographers, and Wim Wender's imaginative and ambitious tribute, filmed in 3D, is a fitting tribute to her life and work. Bausch herself lives on in archive footage as four of her most celebrated works are performed by key members of her company. An exhilarating and engaging portrait of a great artist.
£9/£7 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's
Sun 21 Aug • Hearts of Darkness Double Bill
CUTTER'S WAY (15) 1.15 see trailer
(US 1981) dir. Ivan Passer 105m. Digital.
Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Elchhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott, Nina Van Pallandt.
John Heard is magnificently scary as the disillusioned, disabled and deeply cynical Vietnam vet Cutter who is out for revenge when his best friend, playboy Bone (the superb Jeff Bridges), is falsely accused of murder. Still a chilling masterpiece thirty years on and one of cinema's most original and unpredictable buddy movies, it's a hauntingly powerful and exhilarating noir thriller that's well worth discovering.
+ APOCALYPSE NOW (18) 3.25 see trailer
(USA 1979) dir. Francis Ford Coppola. 147m. Digital.
Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford.
A new restoration by Coppola of the original version of his hallucinatory masterpiece. Martin Sheen is Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous top-secret mission into Cambodia to assassinate renegade Col. Kurtz (Brando). Along the way, Robert Duvall is an unforgettable lover of the smell of napalm in the morning and Dennis Hopper's portrayal of a burned-out, deranged war photo-journalist and army groupie was perhaps the moment when the man and the myth blended seamlessly. The movie itself is equally unforgettable: a stunning vision of a journey into the heart of darkness that lies within us all.
Sun 28 Aug • Scala Forever! Triple Bill
With its ever-changing programmes that ranged from cult movies to venerable classics of world cinema, The Scala Cinema Kings Cross combined cinematic haven with cinematic heaven from 1981 to 1993. Our programme is part of an ongoing tribute at venues across London to a memorable and unique cinemagoing experience.
GLEN OR GLENDA? (15) 1.30 see trailer
(US 1953) dir. Edward D. Wood Jr. 70m. Digital.
Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Dolores Fuller.
The legendary Ed Wood combines his favourite pastime with his day job as the world's worst filmmaker in this searing look at the weird world of cross-dressing. A tragic Bela Lugosi is the all-seeing puppet master of ceremonies and the director himself is the confused Glen/Glenda. Hilarious maybe, but still years ahead of its time.
+ UN CHANT D'AMOUR (18)
(Fr 1950) dir. Jean Genet. 25m.
Java, Andre Reybaz, Lucien Senemaud.
The gay French writer Jean Genet made just one excursion into filmmaking with this poetic evocation of prison life and homosexual desire. The cast was drawn from the author's friends, lovers and passing strangers.
+ KENNETH ANGER'S MAGICK LANTERN CYCLE (18) 3.30
(US 1947-1972) dir. Kenneth Anger 112m. Digital.
Kenneth Anger, Anais Nin, Marianne Faithful, Donald Cammell.
The world of Kenneth Anger is a spell-binding ritualistic mix of fantasy, surrealism, mythology, magic, decadence, homoeroticism and the occult. THE MAGICK LANTERN CYCLE, the short films he made between 1947 (FIREWORKS) and 1972 (LUCIFER RISING) are a dazzling and unique kaleidescope of imagery, sound and sensuality.
Sun 4 Sep • Skolimowski Double Bill
THE SHOUT (15) 2.00 see trailer
(UK 1978) dir. Jerzy Skolimowski 86m. Digital.
Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Robert Stephens, Tim Curry, Carol Drinkwater.
During a seemingly very English village cricket match a man tells a visitor a strange tale from his past in which the boundaries are those between truth and lies, madness and insanity. Based on a short story by Robert Graves, Skolimowski's enigmatic psychological thriller is beautifully written and played by the ensemble cast. An eerie, disturbing, resonant and forgotten little gem well worth discovering.
+ DEEP END (15) 3.50 see trailer
(West Germany/UK 1970) dir. Jerzy Skolimowski 92m. Digital.
Jane Asher, Diana Dors, John Moulder-Brown, Karl Michael Vogler, Christopher Sanford.
Jerzy Skolimowski's masterpiece, a compelling, darkly poetic portrait of Britain at a time of uncertainty and changing sexual mores, is back in distribution after 40 years. The Swinging Sixties are over but there are still eye-opening new experiences in store for wet-behind-the-ears teenager Mike when he takes a job at a rundown London swimming baths. An increasingly obsessive interest in sassy, self-assured, co-worker Susan leads to the grimy underbelly of Soho for a long dark night of the soul...
Sun 11 Sep • Rita Hayworth Double Bill
THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (PG) 1.30
(US 1947) dir. Orson Welles 84m. Digital.
Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane.
A noirish tale of betrayal, lust, greed and murder that is one of Orson Welles' most fascinating works. Irish sailor Michael O'Hara (Welles) becomes infatuated with Rita Hayworth but she's married to crippled lawyer Everett Sloane, who hires O'Hara to accompany them on a yacht cruise. The Hall of Mirrors finale is one of cinema's great set pieces but it's all really about the director's preoccupations at the time: loss of identity and his failing marriage to Hayworth.
+ GILDA (PG) 3.20
(US 1946) dir. Charles Vidor 110m. Digital.
Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia.
Rita Hayworth shimmers in this film noir classic as Gilda, devil-may-care femme fatale but also the vulnerable wife of crooked Argentinian casino owner George Macready. Glenn Ford is her husband's new employee and someone who shares Gilda's secret past. Deceit, betrayal and classic hard as diamonds dialogue are all as expected but Hayworth's slinky striptease to 'Put the Blame on Mame' is in a class of its own.
£9/£7 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's
Sun 18 Sep • Godard Double Bill
KING LEAR (15) 1.45 see trailer
(1987) dir. Jean-Luc Godard 91m.
Woody Allen, Leos Carax, Julie Delpy, Jean-Luc Godard, Suzanne Lanza, Kate Mailer, Norman Mailer, Burgess Meredith, Molly Ringwald, Peter Sellars.
Godard moves Shakespeare's greatest tragedy to an apocalyptic post-Chernobyl world, using the Bard's source material as a starting point for a stylistic meditation on the creative process. William Shakespeare Jr. the Fifth, faced with the task of restoring his famed ancestor's lost works, visits a resort in Switzerland and becomes fascinated with a visiting gangster and his daughter. With appearances by Woody Allen, Norman Mailer, and Godard himself as the rather deranged 'The Professor,' who seems fascinated with Xeroxing his own hand.
+ FILM SOCIALISME (PG) 3.40 see trailer
(France/Switzerland 2010) dir. Jean-Luc Godard 102m. Subtitles. Digital.
Robert Maloubier, Patti Smith, Jean Marc Stehlee, Catherine Tanvier.
Jean-Luc Godard continues to dazzle with an unmissable symphony of sights and sounds in three movements. Part one, set on a cruise ship with a diverse collection of passengers (Patti Smith among them), juxtaposes gorgeous images with the banalities of life. In part two, "Our Europe", children pose impossible-to-answer questions to their parents about liberty, equality, and fraternity. Finally, "Our Humanities" revisits six legendary World sites. A dazzling collage of philosophical quotes, historical revelations and pure cinematographic beauty adds up to a magisterial essay on the decline of European Civilization as seen by a true Master of Cinema.
Sun 25 Sep • Les Comédies Surréalistes Double Bill
THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC (12A) 2.15 see trailer
(France 2010) dir. Luc Besson 107m. Subtitles. Digital.
Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gillies Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jacky Nercessian, Phillipe Nahon.
The madcap adventures of Jacques Tardi's comic-book heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec, a feisty young writer in early 20th-century Paris, who embarks on impossible missions to find exciting material for her book and a cure for her sick sister. In Egypt she faces an army of resurrected mummies and back in France she finds more chaos after a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg mysteriously hatches. Un grand divertissement, as the French would say.
+ MAMMUTH (15) 4.25 see trailer
(France 2010) dirs. Gustave de Kervern & Benoît Delépine 92m. Subtitles. Digital.
Gerard Depardieu, Yolande Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Miss Ming, Benoit Poelvoorde, Philippe Nahon, Anna Mouglalis.
Black surreal comedy meets weird road movie as Gerard Depardieu sets off on his motorbike to find the former employers who have scuppered his chances of a full retirement pension by not signing the appropriate paperwork! There's many a bizarre encounter (including the ghost of an old girlfriend, played by Isabelle Adjani) and much deadpan humour along the way, but it's Depardieu's show and he revels in his best role for years.
Sun 2 Oct • Ealing Comedies Double Bill
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (U) 1.30 see trailer
(UK 1951) dir. Charles Crichton 81m. Digital.
Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James, Alfie Bass, Marjorie Fielding.
Sixty years ago Ealing Studios captured the British post-war spirit of optimism and opportunity with this delightfully witty and subversive comedy crime caper. The inimitable Alec Guinness plays a mild-mannered bank employee who decides to help himself to a million pounds' worth of gold bullion by disguising it as a consignment of Eiffel Tower paperweights being exported to France! But there's never a heist without a hitch...
+ KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (U) 3.15 see trailer
(UK 1949) dir. Robert Hamer 106m. Digital.
Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, Miles Malleson, Clive Morton, Hugh Griffith.
Ealing Studios' fiendishly funny black comedy famously features Alec Guinness as all eight of the unsuspecting members of the aristocratic D'Ascoyne family targeted by Dennis Price as as an embittered young commoner determined to avenge his mother's unjust disinheritance by ascending to the dukedom. Elegantly and ironically written and directed by Robert Hamer, the face of serial killing has never shown such exquisite wit and charm.
£9/£7 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's
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