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BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017

Journey to Italy + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large* Viaggio in Italia Italy-France 1954. Dir Roberto Rossellini. With Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Maria Mauban. 86min. Digital. PG Rossellini’s masterpiece follows a middle-aged English couple taking a break in Italy, their mutual boredom at such constant proximity pushing their marriage to the limits. For once, the effects of time on a relationship BIG SCREEN CLASSICS 60 book online at bfi.org.uk MON 13 NOV WED 22 NOV TUE 28 NOV 18:40 STUDIO 18:20 NFT2* 20:50 STUDIO are examined with unsentimental honesty; at the same time, it’s an unsettling visit to the past – the ruins of Pompeii – that finally influences the couple’s future. SAT 28 OCT THU 2 NOV FRI 17 NOV 17:50 STUDIO 18:15 STUDIO 18:10 STUDIO THU 30 NOV 18:00 STUDIO FRI 17 NOV MON 20 NOV WED 29 NOV 20:50 NFT3 20:40 NFT2 18:20 NFT2* Tokyo Story Tokyo monogatari Japan 1953. Dir Yasujiro Ozu. With Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara. 136min. Digital. EST. U An elderly couple visit their grown-up children in Tokyo, but find most of them preoccupied with work or their own offspring. Only their daughterin law seems genuinely pleased to see them. Ozu’s subtle examination of the effect of generational differences on family life also acknowledges how time allows some couples to reach a remarkably symbiotic mutual understanding. The result is hugely insightful and profoundly moving. Go to p50 for details of the Tears and Laughter: Women in Japanese Melodrama season The Magnificent Ambersons + into by writer and film programmer Ben Walters* USA 1942. Dir Orson Welles. With Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead. 88min. 35mm. U Though hacked by RKO, Welles’ second film remains an extraordinarily rich, perceptive and affecting adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s marvellous novel about a long-established, wealthy Midwestern family falling foul of the new industrial era – thanks to the grown son’s solipsistic arrogance, their decline is bitterly exacerbated. Welles beautifully balances the wistful nostalgia for a quieter age with a recognition of the old order’s many iniquities. INTRO INTRO


BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017
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