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BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017

PROJECTING THE ARCHIVE Rediscovered British features: a trio of femme fatales... WHO CAN YOU TRUST? SENIORS Matinees and talks for the over 60s 26 OBSESSION (AKA THE HIDDEN ROOM) UK 1949. Dir Edward Dmytryk. With Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Naunton Wayne, Phil Brown. 98min. 35mm. PG Sally Gray is striking as the icy and aloof wife who assists the police inspector in hunting her missing lover, while suspecting that her husband is behind the disappearance. The release of the film was held up due to the trial of John George Haigh, the acid-bath murderer, which will give a clue to the nasty plan the betrayed husband cooks up. JBo WED 27 DEC 18:10 NFT1 INTRO book online at bfi.org.uk/thriller THE LONG MEMORY + intro by Jo Botting, BFI National Archive Curator* UK 1952. Dir Robert Hamer. With John Mills, Elizabeth Sellars, John McCallum, Eva Bergh. 92min. 35mm. PG Fay Lowther (Sellars) is forced to choose between her young beau (Mills) and her alcoholic father in this atmospheric noir directed and adapted by Robert Hamer. The film plays like Marcel Carné’s Le Quai des brumes on a Kent estuary, as Mills’ character is released from prison after 12 years and sets out to avenge himself on those who framed him. JBo DEAR MURDERER + intro by Simon McCallum, BFI Curator UK 1947. Dir Arthur Crabtree. With Greta Gynt, Eric Portman, Dennis Price. 94min. 35mm. PG Greta Gynt plays a faithless wife who seeks excitement with a string of lovers, driving her cuckolded husband (Portman) to desperate measures to get revenge. Critics remarked on Gynt’s ability to combine ‘beauty with Borgia-like habits,’ and this drama of revenge shows off her talents to their best advantage. This feature debut of producer Betty Box earned her the nickname ‘Bloodthirsty Box.’ JBo Also available on THU 7 DEC MON 18 DEC 18:10 NFT3 18:20 NFT1* TUE 12 DEC 18:20 NFT1 SENIORS’ ARCHIVE FREE MATINEE: MINE OWN EXECUTIONER UK 1947. Dir Anthony Kimmins. With Burgess Meredith, Dulcie Gray, Michael Shepley. 104min. 35mm. 12A A lay psychiatrist in post-war London is enlisted to treat a fighter pilot deeply traumatised by his experiences in a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted by BAFTA-winning author and screenwriter Nigel Balchin from his own novel, this story can also be seen as a devastating study of the effect of war on Britain’s psyche. DS Also available on Free for over-60s (booking by phone or in person only), otherwise normal matinee price. See p14 for a seniors’ matinee of A Matter of Life and Death + intro MON 18 DEC 14:00 NFT1 INTRO


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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