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Film stillSUN 4 Aug • Kurosawa's Epic Complete

SEVEN SAMURAI (PG) 2.30

(Japan 1954) dir. Akira Kurosawa 199m. Subtitles. 35mm.
Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki.

The complete version of Kurosawa’s epic masterpiece, the eastern western tale of a collection of professional warriors which comes together to defend a village against marauding bandits. Among the samurai band is boastful swordsman Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune) who is actually a peasant farmer’s son, desperately seeking glory, acceptance, and revenge against those who destroyed his family. Katshushiro (Ko Kimura) is the youngster who wants to learn from the masters. Led by the calmly strategic Kambei (Takashi Shimura), the group form mutual bonds of honour and respect with the villagers, but remain distant from them, knowing that everything may end in disaster. The movie was later easily transformed into Hollywood’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, but with its breathtaking and poetic action sequences, the original remains unsurpassed, a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

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Film stillSUN 11 Aug • Werner Herzog Double Bill

THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (PG) 1.45

(Germany 1975) dir. Werner Herzog 105m. Subtitles. Digital.
Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Hans Musaus, Gloria Dor.

Based on a true story, Kaspar Hauser is a young man who wanders into a small German village in 1828 with no knowledge of who he is or where he came from. The authorities fear him and the local populace are suspicious of his new and peculiar perspective on the world around him. Herzog's preferred title is ‘Every Man for Himself and God Against All’ and indeed this is a cautionary tale about an innocent who moves from one prison to another in a cruelly fateful universe. The equally mysterious street musician Bruno S. is mesmerising in the title role.

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Film still+ AGUIRRE, WRATH OF GOD (PG) 4.00

(Germany/Peru/Mexico 1972) dir. Werner Herzog 94m. Subtitles. Digital.
Klaus Kinski, Cecilia Rivera, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Peter Berling.

Herzog's first great exploration of the mad and the obsessional is the visually stunning true story of a Spanish expedition team that, following the destruction of the Inca empire, set off from Peru and down the Amazon in search of the fabled El Dorado – the city of gold. Klaus Kinski leads the power struggle within the group but his ambition to set up his own kingdom threatens to destroy them all. The symbolism is as rich as the treasure they crave in this extraordinary mix of documentary realism and heightened stylisation.

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Film stillSUN 18 Aug • Matinees

PLANES 3D (U) 2.00, 4.15

(US 2013) dir. Klay Hall 93m. Digital.
Voices of Val Kilmer, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese.

Disney's new animated comedy of high adventure, and even higher hopes, introduces an unlikely hero: Dusty is a big-hearted, fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There's only a couple of not-so-small problems, Dusty is not exactly built for racing and he also happens to be afraid of heights. But navy flier Skipper is on hand to ensure that
dastardly flying ace and arch villain Ripslinger will be defeated and of course that courage, friendship and inspiration will conquer all.

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Film stillSUN 25 Aug • Matinees

PLANES 3D (U) 2.00, 4.15

£7.50/£6 Concs/£6 Under 15’s/£24 Family ticket
No extra charge for 3D glasses

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Film stillSUN 1 Sep • On-Your-Knees! Cleopatra Returns

CLEOPATRA (PG) 1.30

(US 1963) dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz 251m. Digital.
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall.

An unmissable, once-in-a-lifetime experience! It's time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the epic that changed the course of Hollywood history - and its opulent splendour and sweeping grandeur can now be uniquely enjoyed and appreciated with this ultimate big screen restoration. Elizabeth Taylor stars as Cleopatra, the glamorous and cunning queen of Egypt. To secure her hold on power, she seduces the rulers of Rome, only to meet her match in Mark Antony, played by Richard Burton. Their passionate romance could decide the fate of the world's greatest empires. Of course, stories of the off-screen relationship between Burton and Taylor, and well documented, endless production problems, made the headlines then and now have unfairly diminished the achievements of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. There is indeed much to enjoy: a literate, intelligent script is brought to life by actors who were also movie stars, and such jawdropping sequences as Cleopatra's entry into Rome are the pinnacle of an analogue world which is now history itself. And in spite of, or maybe because of, all the disasters and the scandals, it was, of course, the biggest box office hit of 1963...

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Film stillSUN 8 Sep • Scalarama! Sam Fuller Double Bill

THE NAKED KISS (18) 1.45

Film still(US 1964) dir. Samuel Fuller 90m. Digital.
Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey.

In the 1960s writer-producer-director Sam Fuller took the lurid narratives of newsstand pulp fiction by the throat and in audacious and confrontational style threw them screaming into a new meaner, darker more honest kind of movie making. Never more so than in THE NAKED KISS. After an opening sequence unlike any other, ex-prostitute Kelly moves to start a new life in Grantville. It may be typical Small Town USA, but her arrival soon brings to the boil the perverse secrets that are simmering beneath the seemingly wholesome surface. Radical, bold and beautiful film making.

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+ SHOCK CORRIDOR (15) 3.35

(US 1963) dir. Samuel Fuller 96m. Digital.
Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best.

Film still“Whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad.” Sam Fuller’s gritty style of tabloid film making is at its most explosive as he uses an insane asylum as a microcosm of 1960’s America. A cynical, ambitious journalist’s obsessive quest for a Pulitzer Prize leads him into the depths of madness as he investigates a murder by going undercover as a mental hospital patient. Complete with a rarely seen colour dream sequence, this no-holds-barred melodrama remains a full-blown masterpiece from one of cinema’s great originals.

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Film stillSUN 15 Sep • Scalarama! ‘We had Faces’ Silent Double Bill

PANDORA’S BOX (PG) 1.45

Film still(Germany 1928) dir. G.W. Pabst. 130m. Digital.
Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer.

Adapted from Frank Wedekind's controversial ‘Lulu’ plays PANDORA'S BOX is one of the greatest of silent movies, but this lurid and very modern tale of decadent Weimar Berlin will equally always be known as the film which established American actress Louise Brooks as an enduring iconic figure. As the childlike temptress whose sheer sexual magnetism has a devastating effect on men and women alike, she unleashes unruly desires and wreaks havoc on everyone with whom she comes into contact. It’s one of the most erotically stylish performances in the history of cinema, encompassing the very essence of sexual allure and mystery.

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Film still+ THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (PG) 4.15

(France 1928) dir. Carl Th. Dreyer 96m. Digital.
Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon.

With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s enigmatic and moving masterpiece was radical in 1928 and remains radical, and a revelation, 85 years on. Based on the actual transcripts of Joan of Arc’s 1431 trial, in which she was accused of being under the influence of the devil, the film also contains one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema. French stage actress Renée Maria Falconetti made her only film appearance as the denigrated, degradated and doomed visionary. Her spiritual devotion, simple dignity, and suffering become powerfully and completely real without a word being spoken.

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Film stillSUN 22 Sep • Scalarama! Capital Celluloid in association with Iain Sinclair 70 x 70 presents

The Magnificent Obsessions of Douglas Sirk

Film stillTHE TARNISHED ANGELS (U) 1.30

(US 1957) dir. Douglas Sirk 89m. 35mm.
Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Jack Carson.

German emigré director Douglas Sirk put the opera (as well as delicacy and artistry) into 1950's Hollywood soap opera with a series of delicious chronicles of personal obsession, romantic longing and irreconcilable desires. This adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel ‘Pylon’ was one of his personal favourites. Filmed in glorious black-and-white CinemaScope and set during the New Orleans Mardi Gras of the 1930s Depression years, it covers three days in the lives of a trio of flying-circus performers and the newspaper reporter who arrives to cover their act. An incomparable tale of marginalised lives, lost souls and all-consuming passions.

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+ Film stillWRITTEN ON THE WIND (PG) 3.35

(US 1956) dir. Douglas Sirk 100m. Digital.
Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone.

The exquisite pinnacle of Douglas Sirk’s 1950’s Technicolor baroque melodramas is a pre-’Dallas’ tale of rich oil folk with virtuous altruism, clean living and good old Uncle Sam ambition up against impotence, jealousy, alcoholic binges, emotional blackmail and backstabbing nastiness. An all-star cast of Hollywood’s great and good (Dorothy Malone won an Oscar for her role as the nymphomaniac of the family) play it for all it’s worth – and Sirk’s subtle mix of the noirish and the garish is certainly worth a lot.

+ intros from Peter Evans (author of BFI Film Classics book 'Written on the Wind')

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Film stillSUN 29 Sep • Dark Days Double Bill

A HIJACKING (15) 1.45

(Sweden 2012) dir. Tobias Lindholm 101m. Subtitles. Digital.
Mikkel Hartmann, Pilou Asbæk, Peter C. Ludvigsen, Søren Malling.

Tobias Lindholm’s tense and chilling thriller centres on the hijacking of a Swedish cargo ship by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and follows the emotional journeys of the ship's crew who are taken hostage. A multi-million dollar ransom demand triggers a cynical game of life and death between the ship’s owners and the hijackers, whilst a more personal psychological battle is played out amongst the crew. With its refusal to depict the characters as either heroes or villains, and despite the agonising suspense, this is no standard hostage drama, more a complex story of tedium and frustration in which both facts and emotions are given a universality that addresses contemporary life.

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Film still+ EASY MONEY (15) 3.50

(Sweden 2010) dir. Daniel Espinosa 122m. Subtitles. Digital.
Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni.

A belated but hearty welcome for a frenetically spiralling thriller set on the darker side of Stockholm's streets with the lives of three men becoming intertwined as they tread an inexorable downward path towards an gripping life or death finale. Double life-leading student JW is lured into a world of crime, where petty fugitive Jorge is both the police and Serbian mafia enforcer Mrado. It comes highly recommended by the likes of Martin Scorsese, but EASY MONEY delivers on its own merits as a plausible and smart morality tale of our times.

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