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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS 48 book online at bfi.org.uk SAT 13 MAY WED 17 MAY* THU 18 MAY 18:40 STUDIO 18:10 NFT3 20:50 STUDIO THU 25 MAY SAT 27 MAY 20:40 NFT2 17:50 NFT2 TUE 16 MAY WED 24 MAY* FRI 26 MAY MON 29 MAY 18:10 NFT2 18:10 NFT3 18:10 NFT3 20:15 NFT1 The Blue Angel Der blaue Engel + intro by Andrea Rinke, Kingston University* Germany 1930. Dir Josef Von Sternberg. With Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Hans Albers. 108min. Digital. EST. PG An admirer of Von Sternberg and Dietrich – Dishonored (see p49) was among his top ten films – Fassbinder drew upon this, their first collaboration, when making Lola. Jannings is superb as the stolid, bourgeois Professor Rath, Dietrich in her element as Lola, the brazenly sexual cabaret singer who readily becomes the subject (rather than object) of his obsession. Sadomasochism rules in an acerbic tragicomedy. Sunset Boulevard + intro by Lucy Bolton, Queen Mary, University of London* USA 1950. Dir Billy Wilder. With Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich Von Stroheim. 110min. Digital. PG If the plot outline of Fassbinder’s Veronika Voss sounds familiar, it’s because the notion of a feckless young man encountering a reclusive former movie star echoes Wilder’s classic. The tone is similar too: a pervasive cynicism ensures that all involved – except butler Max (Stroheim), clearly devoted to mistress Norma Desmond (Swanson), who hopes writer Joe Gillis (Holden) can engineer her comeback – have their self-serving reasons. Lola Montès France-W Germany 1955. Dir Max Ophuls. With Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook. 115min. Digital. English version. PG Fassbinder included Ophuls’ final movie – about the celebrated 19th-century adventuress and her affairs – in his top ten, and it’s easy to see why. Events in Montès’ life are related by a ringmaster (Ustinov) in a circus where she’s now an object of morbid curiosity; flashbacks show her own memories. A film about objectification, patriarchy, spectacle and storytelling itself, then, is delivered with great visual panache. INTRO INTRO


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