Classic Cinema Club January : Auteurs
Directors who influence films so much that they rank as their author
A no-nonsense envoy from the Soviet Union arrives in France to retrieve a trio of comrades who have been corrupted by the indulgences of capitalism, but will she also be seduced by the charms of Paris and a suave suitor? Garbo is a deadpan delight in her first comic vehicle, enhanced by counting Billy Wilder among its screenwriters, and the Lubitsch Touch that brought sophisticated wit to Hollywood comedies.
Friday 15 January
In the woodlands of medieval Japan, four people give their differing accounts of a crime, as witness, victim and instigator. This exciting exploration of the truth, complicated by unreliable narrators, perspective and perception, makes use of natural settings and thrilling images. As an early international success, it left Western audiences eager to see more from the director and other Japanese cinema.
Friday 23 January
A dance company puts on a flamenco interpretation of Federico García Lorca’s play about ill-fated lovers and tragic jealousy. The director captures the sense of the backstage preparations that precede the passionate performances, and the camerawork and choreography come together in a dazzling union. The filmmaker’s work in documentary and fiction features rich allegories and celebrations of Spanish culture.
Friday 30 January
During a hunting party hosted at a château in the country, the various entangled love affairs between aristocrats and servants become more twisted over the weekend. Beneath the surface cordiality and propriety, the plot uncovers the sordid secrets and moral decay of its characters. In this comedy of manners and satire of social class, the director inspired flowing photography and an intricate mise-en-scène.
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5th January 2015