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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS BIG SCREEN CLASSICS The timeless films we urge you to see Fassbinder’s Favourites Continuing our theme from last month, these daily screenings of classics focus on films and filmmakers admired by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In some cases he explained what made the film special for him; others he merely mentioned on a list or in passing; others exerted an influence on one or more of his films. Whatever, these were among his favourites – and fine films they remain. Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large See p16 for our Fassbinder season Tickets for these screenings are only £8 MON 1 MAY WED 3 MAY* FRI 19 MAY 46 book online at bfi.org.uk 15:00 NFT3 18:15 NFT3 18:40 STUDIO MON 22 MAY 18:40 STUDIO MON 1 MAY TUE 2 MAY SAT 6 MAY 20:30 NFT3 20:40 NFT3 15:15 NFT1 MON 15 MAY 18:10 STUDIO THU 4 MAY FRI 5 MAY SAT 6 MAY 20:55 STUDIO 18:40 STUDIO 20:40 NFT3 TUE 9 MAY FRI 12 MAY 20:50 STUDIO 18:40 STUDIO The Tarnished Angels + intro by Geoff Andrew, BFI Programmer-at-large* USA 1957. Dir Douglas Sirk. With Rock Hudson, Dorothy Malone, Robert Stack. 91min. Digital. U Perhaps Sirk’s most underrated film (possibly because it’s in ravishing black and white, not lurid colour) and certainly one of his greatest, this adaptation of Faulkner’s novel Pylon focuses on a reporter (Hudson) fascinated by a group of stunt fliers striving to get by in the South after WWI. Desire and deceit, fear of failure, a dysfunctional family, postwar blues: right up Fassbinder’s street! Written on the Wind USA 1956. Dir Douglas Sirk. With Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone. 100min. Digital. PG Sirk’s deliriously bold melodrama about a Texan oil dynasty troubled by a tearaway generation was both an antecedent to TV’s Dallas and a probable influence on Fassbinder’s own studies of families in crisis. Crucially, the deepest sympathies are extended not to the ‘respectable’ outsiders (Hudson, Bacall) but to their volatile, love-hungry counterparts in the family (Stack, Malone). Sublime camerawork by Russell Metty. Bande à part France 1964. Dir Jean-Luc Godard. With Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey. 99min. Digital. EST. PG Famous for two pleasingly irrelevant scenes – one a dance in a bar, the other a dash through the Louvre – this tale of a girl assailed by two suitors who plan to rob her aunt of a fortune is one of Godard’s most charmingly nonchalant entertainments, even though the heist has its downside. Its playful approach to genre anticipates Fassbinder’s own crime movies. INTRO


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