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BIG SCREEN CLASSICS @BFI 41 TUE 5 SEP WED 6 SEP SUN 17 SEP 20:50 STUDIO 18:10 NFT2* 17:30 STUDIO SUN 24 SEP SUN 1 OCT 20:10 NFT2 20:15 STUDIO SUN 3 SEP TUE 12 SEP FRI 15 SEP 20:20 NFT2 20:50 STUDIO 18:40 STUDIO THU 7 SEP MON 11 SEP FRI 29 SEP 20:30 STUDIO 20:40 NFT2 20:45 STUDIO SUN 1 OCT MON 2 OCT 15:30 NFT3 20:30 STUDIO Miller’s Crossing + intro by film critic Tim Robey* USA 1990. Dir Joel Coen. With Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden. 115min. Digital. 18 The Coens’ third film – a pleasingly labyrinthine, Hammett-inspired saga of rivalry, treachery and murderous loyalty among Chicago gangsters in the 1930s – is not only a virtuoso exercise in style, but an extended exploration of (in the film’s opening words) friendship, character and ethics. Though there is sly humour, the mood is generally melancholy, reflected in the windy woodland sequences, autumnal going on wintry. Winter’s Bone USA 2010. Dir Debra Granik. With Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt. 100min. Digital. 15 Granik’s chilling drama centres on Ree (Lawrence), a 17-year-old looking after her dirt-poor siblings and mother in the Ozarks. When she’s told they’re set to lose their home thanks to her drug-dealing father, she goes in search of him, despite the risks involved in navigating the local underworld. Authentically gritty and bleak, the film nevertheless exudes hope and determination, thanks to Lawrence’s fine performance. An Autumn Afternoon Samna no aji Japan 1962. Dir Yasujirô Ozu. With Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada. 113min. Digital. EST. PG The Japanese title of Ozu’s final film – meaning ‘The Taste of Mackerel Pike’ – alludes only indirectly to autumn, but this becalmed masterpiece does feel autumnal with its tale of an elderly widower persuaded by friends that his daughter should marry; like him, she’s very aware that leaving home would increase his loneliness. Witty yet poignant, the film boasts an exquisitely muted colour palette. INTRO


BFI Southbank Guide Sep-Oct 2017
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