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Sun 8 Feb • Mickey Rourke double bill
RUMBLE FISH (18) 12.30
(US 1983) dir. Francis Ford Coppola 94m.
Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon, Dennis Hopper.
Coppola's awesome adaptation of S. E. Hinton's novel explores the relationship between a young street thug, Rusty James (Dillon) and his older brother, the legendary Motorcycle Boy (Rourke) while their father (Hopper) tries to drink away a troubled past. Photographed in magnificent black-and-white, the only colour images in the film are the shots of the Siamese fighting fish that the colour blind Motorcycle Boy admires.
+ THE WRESTLER (15) 2.30
(US 2008) dir. Darren Aronofsky 109m.
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens.
An extraordinary performance from Mickey Rourke as Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a retired professional wrestler working his way round the independent circuit. Far removed from his glory days in the 80s, Robinson now relies on drugs to push him on in the ring whilst pulling away from the issues that have shaped and plagued his life outside it. A heartbreaking treasure that defines the word 'comeback'.
Sun 15 Feb • Harold Pinter tribute double bill
ACCIDENT (PG) 12.15
(UK 1967) dir. Joseph Losey 101m.
Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Delphine Seyrig.
One of the three stunning collaborations between playwright Harold Pinter and director Joseph Losey. When an accident kills one of his students, an Oxford professor (Bogarde) recalls the circumstances of their meeting. But as these turbulent memories unfold, they reveal a series of shocking relationships betrayed by adultery, obsession and self-destruction in which nothing is what it seems and everything has its cost.
+ THE SERVANT (15) 2.20
(UK 1963) dir. Joseph Losey 110m.
Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles.
The first Pinter/Losey exploration of class struggle and moral decay. A pampered playboy (Fox) acquires an elegant townhouse complete with a dedicated man servant (Bogarde). But when the young man's fiance becomes suspicious of the servant's intentions, he and his 'sister' (Miles) thrust the household into a sinister game where seduction is corruption and power becomes the most shocking desire of all.
Sun 22 Feb • Surrealist double bill
GARDENS IN AUTUMN (PG) 1.30
(Italy/France/Russia 2006) dir. Otar Iosseliani 121m. Subtitles.
Severin Blanchet, Michel Piccoli, Muriel Motte, Pascal Vincent.
Jacques Tati meets Luis Bunuel. The director Otar Iosseliani is the cinema's modern master of the anarchic comedy touched by surrealism. His latest follows the downward progress of a high-ranking French minister (Séverin Blanchet) who's forced to resign, losing his supporting staff, official mansion, stretch limo and leggy mistress. But in doing so, he discovers that life holds even greater pleasures. Veteran actor Michel Piccoli does an hilarious comic turn in drag as Vincent's estranged mother.
+ THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (15) 3.50
(France/Italy/Spain 1972) dir. Luis Buñuel 101m. Subtitles.
Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier.
Buñuel challenges the attitudes and aspirations of the French middle-classes through a series of surreal dream-like sequences, where attempts to sit down together for dinner are consistently interrupted. The winner of the 1972 Oscar for best foreign film, this is truly genius filmmaking from the man Hitchcock called the cinema's greatest director.
Sun 1 Mar • Double bill
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (15) 12.45
(US 2008) dir. Jonathan Demme 114m.
Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith.
The quirky but perceptive tale of a young woman with a troubled past (a superb Hathaway) returning home for her sister's wedding. Personal pain and guilt are set against a backdrop of ever-complicated but ever-loving familial relationships. The speeches are funny, the music is ace and the mood falls just the right side of sentimental mushiness.
+ CHANGELING (15) 3.05
(US 2008) dir. Clint Eastwood 142m.
Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan.
Clint Eastwood's mastery as a director continues and Angelina Jolie gives an Oscar worthy performance in this gripping true story set in 1920s Los Angeles. A mother's prayer for her kidnapped son to return home is answered, though it doesn't take long for her to suspect the boy who comes back is not hers. A tale of abduction, serial murder, and official corruption ensues.
Sun 8 Mar • East 09 Festival
THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (12A) 2.30
(US 1928) dir. Paul Leni 110m.
Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova.
+ live electronic accompaniment by Nacho Martin.
The unique combination of sound and silents that is Kinosound returns to the Rio with a rare screening of a masterpiece that is only now beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Based on a Victor Hugo novel, it's a story of epic proportions, enormous pathos and grotesque spectacle. The great Conrad Veidt plays Gwynplaine, a man with a hideous grin carved into his face, who is forced to become a freak sideshow attraction in 17th. century England. Veidt's extraordinary makeup was the influence for the original Joker in the Batman comic strip.
Hailing from Madrid and living in Hackney, Nacho Martin is an electronic composer and DJ intent on opening up silent film for new audiences. THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, his latest, and most ambitious, project premiered to a full house at the Barbican in October 2009.
Sun 15 Mar • Double bill
MONSOON WEDDING (15) 1.00
(UK/India 2001) dir. Mira Nair. 114m.
Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty, Vijay Raaz.
A celebration of contemporary India from director Mira Nair. As the monsoon rains loom, the extended Verma family reunites from around the globe for a last-minute arranged marriage in New Delhi. Amid frantic wedding preparations, the family's hopes, anxieties and long-hidden secrets emerge. And when the rain comes, the cathartic downpour brings romance, revelation and liberation. Nair's acute observation of everyday life and her obvious love for her characters is quite simply a delight to behold.
+ SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (15) 3.20
(UK/US 2008) dir. Danny Boyle 120m.
Dev Patel, Frieda Pinto, Mia Drake, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan.
Raved about by critics from every corner of the globe, the universal appeal of this both heartbreaking and heartwarming hit follows the fortunes of 20-year-old Jamal, a poor boy from the slums of Mumbai who finds fame and fortune on the Indian version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. A masterful and original piece of filmmaking.
Sun 22 Mar • Kate Winslet double bill
THE READER (15) 1.00
(US/Germany 2008) dir. Stephen Daldry 124m.
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz.
In postwar Berlin, 30-something Hanna and 15 year old Michael embark on a passionate and secretive affair. And eight years later when the two encounter each other again, secrets both revealed and hidden will affect both of their lives. Driven by Kate Winslet's critically acclaimed performance, this is a thought-provoking adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's controversial novel.
+ REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (15) 3.30
(US/UK 2008) dir. Sam Mendes 119m.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour.
The American Dream turns into a nightmare for young couple Frank and April Wheeler, when they realise their creation of a 'perfect' life has left them with an imperfect relationship. Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Richard Yates, DiCaprio and Winslet shine in their roles while director Mendes once again dissects American suburbia with the same mesmerising acuity he brought to AMERICAN BEAUTY.
Sun 29 Mar • Double bill
FRANKENSTEIN (PG) 2.15
(US 1931) dir. James Whale 69m.
Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke.
Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster (Karloff) out of lifeless body parts. Director James Whale's adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel blended with Karloff's compassionate portrayal of a creature groping for identity makes the original FRANKENSTEIN not only a masterpiece of the genre, but a movie for all time.
+ DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (12A) 3.50
(US 1931) dir. Rouben Mamoulian 97m.
Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart.
This celebrated tale of terror has inspired countless screen adaptations, but none has ever matched the achievement of the very first sound version, startlingly frank in its portrayal of Jekyll as a man tormented by the frustration of his perfectly natural sexual desires. Restored to its original length this remains one of the greatest psychological horror films of all time.
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