Big Screen Classics

BFI Southbank Guide Sep-Oct 2017

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS BIG SCREEN CLASSICS The timeless films we urge you to see A Question of Climate As in life, so in cinema: weather exerts an enormous, even decisive influence, both on individuals and on geographical regions. But because films are the stuff of artifice, their creators (to some degree, anyway) control the climate of their narratives, deploying it for dramatic or metaphorical purposes. As with last month, our daily screenings of classics examine just how much weather can matter. Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large Tickets for these screenings are only £8 40 book online at bfi.org.uk SUN 10 SEP TUE 19 SEP 17:30 NFT3 20:40 NFT1 SAT 2 SEP FRI 8 SEP WED 13 SEP 17:30 NFT2 21:00 NFT2 18:20 NFT2* MON 2 OCT 20:50 NFT2 FRI 1 SEP MON 18 SEP SAT 30 SEP 20:50 STUDIO 20:50 STUDIO 18:20 STUDIO La Piscine France-Italy 1969. Dir Jacques Deray. With Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin. 123min. Digital. EST. 12A Remade (but not bettered) as A Bigger Splash, this superbly cast slow-burn thriller gauges the sexual tensions that arise when a vacationing couple (Delon and Schneider) are visited in their St Tropez villa by her old flame (Ronet) and his daughter (Birkin). The sizzling summer heat mirrors both the mood of languid erotic dalliance and the jealous passions that threaten to boil over. Beau Travail + intro by writer Sophie Mayer* France 1999. Dir Claire Denis. With Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin. 93min. 35mm. EST. 15 Inspired by Herman Melville’s Billy Budd (and using music from Britten’s opera of the same story), Denis’ extraordinary film concerns the jealousies (sexual, professional, even spiritual) aroused in a Foreign Legion sergeant (Lavant) when a new recruit seems to be favoured by their commanding officer. With striking, almost balletic images (shot by the great Agnès Godard) of the soldiers performing their strange daily rituals in the Djibouti desert, the film creates an atmosphere of fetid, near-intolerable heat. Two Days, One Night Deux jours, une nuit Belgium-France-Italy 2014. Dir Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. With Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée. 95min. Digital. EST. 15 With just one weekend to persuade her workmates to forego a bonus they’ll receive if she’s made redundant, a factory worker (Cotillard) has to fight both her own depression and her colleagues’ self-interest. Typically, the Dardennes create their tense, highly pertinent drama from everyday materials; the hot weather seems to drain the energy from the protagonist as she pursues her dispiriting but wholly necessary quest. Also available on INTRO


BFI Southbank Guide Sep-Oct 2017
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