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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS @BFI 41 SUN 17 DEC WED 20 DEC FRI 22 DEC THU 28 DEC 17:20 NFT3 18:15 NFT1 20:40 NFT1 18:20 NFT1 SAT 9 DEC SAT 16 DEC THU 28 DEC 17:10 NFT3 14:30 NFT3 18:40 NFT3 SAT 23 DEC FRI 29 DEC SAT 30 DEC 12:30 NFT1 15:00 NFT1 13:00 NFT1 Meet Me in St Louis USA 1944. Dir Vincente Minnelli. With Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Leon Ames, Mary Astor. 113min. Digital. U A year (1903-04) in the life of a Warmly nostalgic for an earlier era, St Louis family threatened, due to the movie delights for its great the father’s job, with a move to New musical numbers, its elegant York – much to the dismay of the compositions and costumes, and its daughters who all have their vivid characterisations. reasons for wanting to stay put. The Leopard Il gattopardo Italy-France 1963. Dir Luchino Visconti. With Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Serge Reggiani. 188min. Digital. EST. PG Visconti’s film of Lampedusa’s novel concerns the changing fortunes of an aristocratic Sicilian family during the Risorgimento; the Prince (Lancaster, superb) wonders how life will change if Garibaldi gets his way. Epic, exquisitely mounted, and alert to the subtle shifts in Sicilian life and society, the film is widely regarded as the director’s masterpiece, and rightly famous for its climactic ball sequence. Napoléon France 1927. Dir Abel Gance. With Albert Dieudonné, Gina Manès, Antonin Artaud. 333min (with 3x intervals). Digital. With Carl Davis score. PG Gance’s extraordinary biopic celebrates Napoleon as a ‘man of destiny,’ even in childhood. Though the hagiographic approach may be questionable, it’s impossible not to be swept along by the film’s sheer scale and by Gance’s innovative enthusiasm for the cinematic medium; the final visual triptych is especially exhilarating. And Bonaparte himself is ably incarnated by the aptly named Dieudonné (God-given). Also available on Image: Twentieth Century Fox


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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