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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS Cleo from 5 to 7 Cléo de 5 à 7 France-Italy 1962. Dir Agnès Varda. With Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dorothée Blanck. 90min. 35mm. EST. PG Varda’s film makes time its very subject: a pop singer wanders Paris for two hours, trying to distract herself as she awaits the results of important medical tests. Paradoxically, for all its location shooting it feels quite ageless, such are its delicacy and vitality. Especially affecting is a rhapsodic song accompanied by Michel Legrand on piano. @BFI 57 WED 18 OCT FRI 27 OCT MON 30 OCT 21:00 NFT1 18:40 STUDIO 20:50 STUDIO THU 23 NOV 18:40 STUDIO TUE 17 OCT WED 25 OCT FRI 24 NOV 18:20 NFT1 18:15 NFT2* 20:50 STUDIO MON 27 NOV 18:40 STUDIO FRI 20 OCT SUN 29 OCT 18:30 NFT2 17:50 STUDIO F for Fake France-Iran-West Germany 1973. Dir Orson Welles. With Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Elmyr de Hory, Clifford Irving. 85min. Digital. PG This late masterpiece from Welles was in its own way as innovative and profound as Citizen Kane. Purportedly a documentary on Clifford Irving’s infamously fake biography of famous art forger Elmyr de Hory, it’s a dazzlingly witty and discursive reflection on creativity and authorship, truth and falsehood, film and time. Rarely has the sheer joy of cinematic creation been more infectiously expressed. Walkabout + intro by film critic Tara Judah* Australia-UK 1971. Dir Nicolas Roeg. With Jenny Agutter, Lucien John, David Gulpilil. 100min. Digital. 12A In Roeg’s impressionistic film a teenager and her younger brother, stranded in the Outback after their father kills himself, encounter an aboriginal boy on walkabout and hope he’ll lead them back to civilisation. Culture clash – not least in terms of how time and age are viewed and experienced – is mirrored in the gulf between ‘modern life’ and ancient, impassive nature. The Terence Davies Trilogy UK 1983. Dir Terence Davies. With Wilfrid Brambell, Terry O’Sullivan, Philip Mawdsley, Sheila Raynor. 101min. Digital. 15 In three quasi-autobiographical shorts – Children (1974), Madonna and Child (1980) and Death and Transfiguration (1983) – Davies chronicles the childhood, middle-age and final hours of a Liverpudlian struggling with Catholicism, loneliness and closeted gay desires. Enormously impressive both for its formal audacity and its emotional honesty, the trilogy subtly and effectively imagines all three ages of man occurring in what seems an eternal present. THU 19 OCT TUE 24 OCT 20:30 NFT2 20:40 NFT3 Death and Transfiguration INTRO


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