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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS @BFI 59 MON 16 OCT SAT 21 OCT 18:05 NFT2 15:30 NFT1 TUE 31 OCT SAT 11 NOV THU 16 NOV 20:50 STUDIO 20:50 STUDIO 20:45 NFT3 SUN 19 NOV 17:45 STUDIO King Kong USA 1933. Dirs Ernest B Schoedsack, Merian C Cooper. With Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong. 100min. 35mm. PG Among the most enduringly magical of monster movies, this classic boasts a remarkably sympathetic great ape thanks to Willis O’Brien’s animation (and to Ms Wray’s screaming skills). Brought from his primeval home to the skyscrapers of Manhattan – at the time the modern metropolis – Kong is a creature out of place and out of time, both rival to and distorted reflection of his human captors. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle West Germany 1974. Dir Werner Herzog. With Bruno S, Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira. 109min. Digital. EST. PG Kaspar’s deeply moving tale is not unlike Kong’s: in 19th-century Germany he’s found speechless and barely able to walk, age and origins unknown. Taken in by locals, he’s nevertheless seen and displayed as a freakish curiosity. With his alternative, ahistorical perspective on ‘civilisation’, Kaspar (a surrogate for Herzog?) is a sceptical witness to – and sad victim of – the beliefs and customs of his times. SAT 4 NOV TUE 21 NOV 15:45 NFT2 20:15 NFT3* FRI 3 NOV WED 15 NOV SUN 26 NOV 20:40 NFT2 18:15 NFT3* 20:10 NFT2 Cat People + intro by Anna Bogutskaya, BFI Events Programmer USA 1942. Dir Jacques Tourneur. With Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Elizabeth Russell. 73min. 35mm. PG Producer Val Lewton’s B-movie landmark concerns a Serbian woman in America, afraid to consummate her marriage lest sexual arousal turn her, according to an ancient curse, into a deadly cat-woman. + The Curse of the Cat People USA 1944. Dirs Robert Wise, Gunter von Fritsch. With Simone Simon, Ann Carter, Kent Smith, Elizabeth Russell. 35mm. 70min. U Sharing several members of its cast with its predecessor, this ‘sequel’ may differ in tone, but is similarly concerned with guilt, fear and fantasy arising from a misunderstanding of both past and present. A touching, perceptive and lyrical film about childhood anxieties and loneliness. Jules et Jim + intro by Sue Harris, Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London* France-Italy 1962. Dir François Truffaut. With Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre. 106min. 35mm. EST. PG Based on a novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, Truffaut’s much-loved film centres on a love triangle between two poets – one French, one German – and a beautiful woman (the late, lamented Moreau), just before WWI. The film’s attitude towards time is complex: the affair is clearly shaped by its epoch, while the period setting is seen from a decidedly modern (ie 60s) perspective. The Curse of the Cat People INTRO


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