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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS @BFI 49 SUN 7 MAY SAT 20 MAY WED 31 MAY* 20:30 NFT1 18:40 STUDIO 18:10 NFT3 SUN 14 MAY TUE 30 MAY 20:00 NFT3 20:50 STUDIO TUE 23 MAY SUN 28 MAY 20:45 NFT1 15:50 NFT3 The Night of the Hunter + intro by Anna Bogutskaya, BFI Events Programmer* USA 1955. Dir Charles Laughton. With Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters. 92min. Digital. 12A Laughton was one of Fassbinder’s favourite actors; Fassbinder also loved this, sadly Laughton’s sole outing as director. A dark, disturbing, visually astonishing fable taken from Davis Grubb’s likewise expressionist novel, it sees a murderous preacher (Mitchum) determined to lay his tattooed hands on a naive widow’s fortune – but her children stand in his way. Depression-era America never seemed so menacing... or magical. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Salò, o le centoventi giornate di Sodoma Italy 1975. Dir Pier Paolo Pasolini. With Paolo Bonicelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto P Quintavalle. 117min. Digital. 18 Pasolini’s final work, a controversial transposition of de Sade’s novel to Mussolini’s fascist republic of 1944, may prove too strong for some, with its explicit scenes of the humiliation and torture of young men and women by a group of wealthy, sadistic libertines. Fassbinder, however, something of a provocateur himself, admired the film sufficiently to include it in his top ten. Dishonored USA 1931. Dir Josef von Sternberg. With Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Lew Cody. 91min. 35mm. PG Fassbinder included Sternberg’s WWI espionage romance in his top ten films. Though the story of agent X-27 (Dietrich) is far-fetched, Sternberg is clearly more interested in his heroine’s powerful sexual mystique, and constructs an innuendo-laden fable around that theme. Fassbinder would surely have admired the notion of love falling foul of an oppressively constricting society, not to mention Lee Garmes’ extraordinarily ornate black and white camerawork. INTRO


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