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BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017

WHO CAN YOU TRUST? 40 BASIC INSTINCT USA 1992. Dir Paul Verhoeven. With Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas. 128min. 35mm. 18 This slick neo-noir perfectly captures the sexual anxieties of the 1990s. Did Catherine Tramell murder her lover with an ice pick, exactly as she described in her latest novel? Cop Nick Curran must find the truth and avoid getting caught in her alluring web. Like Isabelle Huppert in Verhoeven’s recent hit Elle, Stone owns the film; her portrayal of a fiercely intelligent bisexual (suspected) man-killer still has the power to enrage and delight. DE TUE 7 NOV FRI 10 NOV 20:30 NFT3 18:10 NFT3 book online at bfi.org.uk/thriller BFI FLARE LGBT films and events 40TH ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION PREVIEW: SORCERER (AKA WAGES OF FEAR) USA 1977. Dir William Friedkin. With Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal. 121min. Digital 4K Four wanted men embark on a hazardous mission starting in a small South American town. If they transport some chronically unstable nitroglycerine across country for about 200 miles then they will be given money and citizenship. But they underestimate the dangers as they negotiate treacherous terrain and unwanted attention from outsiders. While Friedkin’s film draws on Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear, Sorcerer stands alone as a truly great and heartstopping thriller. JJ BFI BLU-RAY LAUNCH: THE WAGES OF FEAR LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR France-Italy 1953. Dir Henri-Georges Clouzot. With Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck. 147min. Digital. EST. PG This white-knuckle masterpiece wrings every last drop of tension from its ingeniously simple premise. Opening in a fetid South American town where tough, unshaven men drink and fight until their next job, Clouzot’s film simmers with slow-building tension until the ratchet is dialled up to breaking point as four of those men take on a potentially suicidal assignment – driving trucks loaded with explosive nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain path. When every bump could blow them to the heavens, the men’s nerve is tested to the limit, as is the audience’s. Christopher Nolan admitted studying the film for his recent war thriller Dunkirk, and it’s clear why: this is among the most purely suspenseful, gripping thrillers ever made. This is the new 4K restoration of the original French theatrical cut that premiered at Cannes Classics earlier this year. JB MON 16 OCT THU 19 OCT 20:35 NFT3 18:15 NFT3 SAT 21 OCT 20:10 NFT1


BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017
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