Big Screen Classics

BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS BIG SCREEN CLASSICS The timeless films we urge you to see A Matter of Time Because cinema involves moving pictures and editing, it’s a medium inextricably linked with time, which it depicts and distorts but also contains. Our daily screenings of classic movies in December will be concluding our look at films that explore time, express time, play with time, take time as their subject in one way or another – and, we hope, give you a good time. Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large Tickets for these screenings are only £8 38 book online at bfi.org.uk FRI 1 DEC MON 4 DEC TUE 12 DEC 20:40 NFT2 21:00 NFT2 20:40 NFT2 FRI 15 DEC THU 21 DEC 20:50 STUDIO 20:30 NFT3 SAT 2 DEC WED 6 DEC SUN 10 DEC 17:45 NFT2 17:50 NFT3* 19:30 NFT2 SAT 16 DEC 20:10 STUDIO Lift to the Scaffold Ascenseur pour l’échafaud France 1958. Dir Louis Malle. With Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Lino Ventura. 91min. Digital. EST. PG Twenty-four hours in the lives of a tearaway young couple, whose paths fatally cross with those of a woman (Moreau) and her lover (Ronet), who are plotting to kill her husband. Malle’s sleek, stylish noir thriller has clockwork precision as it chronicles how a little bad timing can wreck the most meticulously planned crime. Miles Davis’ improvised soundtrack perfects the bluesy mood. Opening Night + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large* USA 1977. Dir John Cassavetes. With Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, John Cassavetes, Joan Blondell. 144min. Digital. 15 Cassavetes’ portrait of an actress racked with guilt over a fan’s death and trying to keep going for her new play’s big night is a witty, insightful and beautifully acted exploration of different levels of performance. An influence on All About My Mother, the film itself pays tribute to All About Eve and other backstage dramas; the interplay between theatre and ‘reality’ is inspired. Also available on The Philadelphia Story USA 1940. Dir George Cukor. With Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey. 112min. Digital. U Just as socialite Tracey Lord (Hepburn) is about to remarry, her irresponsible ex-husband (Grant) turns up for the wedding weekend; equally unwelcome guests are a pair of snoops from Spy magazine. Cukor’s version of Philip Barry’s romantic farce benefits from superb casting and expert comic timing; supplying an extra sense of urgency, a tryst on Lord’s last night of freedom fizzes with a subtle eroticism. INTRO SUN 3 DEC FRI 8 DEC MON 11 DEC 19:45 NFT2 18:20 NFT2 20:30 NFT2 THU 28 DEC 20:40 NFT1


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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