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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS @BFI 47 WED 10 MAY* TUE 23 MAY THU 25 MAY 18:15 NFT3 20:50 STUDIO 18:20 NFT2 SUN 21 MAY SUN 28 MAY MON 29 MAY 15:30 NFT2 20:00 NFT2 15:15 NFT1 MON 8 MAY THU 11 MAY 18:10 NFT3 20:30 NFT1 Au hasard Balthasar + intro by Geoff Andrew, BFI Programmer-at-large* France 1966. Dir Robert Bresson. With Anne Wiazemsky, François Lafarge, Philippe Asselin. 95min. Digital. EST. PG Arguably the most profoundly moving of Bresson’s films, this chronicles the life of a donkey (named after one of the Magi) in rural France. Almost saintly in his sufferance of human cruelty and folly, the beast passes from owner to owner bearing mute witness to the events around him. Fassbinder was on the Berlin Film Festival jury that gave a prize to Bresson’s The Devil, Probably. The Women USA 1939. Dir George Cukor. With Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard. 133min. 35mm. U In 1977, Fassbinder made a TV version (unavailable for our season) of Clare Boothe Luce’s play, already marvellously filmed by Cukor with one of the German’s favourite actresses (Crawford). A joyously bitchy talkfest in which the gossip, complaints and gags centre mainly on (wholly unseen) men and their many foibles, it boasts an amazing cast: Joan Fontaine, Ruth Hussey and Margaret Dumont are in there too. Mildred Pierce USA 1945. Dir Michael Curtiz. With Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Ann Blyth. 111min. 35mm. PG A noir melodrama adapted from James M Cain’s novel, this finds the titular waitress-turned-restaurateur (Crawford) coming into conflict with her beloved but brattish daughter over a feckless playboy. At once a critique of patriarchy and greed, and a celebration of female friendship and determination (cue the inimitable Eve Arden as Mildred’s pal), it anticipates The Marriage of Maria Braun and other Fassbinder films. INTRO


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