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Films for June and July
A Classic Ealing Comedy!
We are a major supporter of Ealing film-makers and have regularly featured "made in Ealing" films in our programmes, including student graduation films from the Met Film School.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
One of the superlative Ealing Comedies, this is a tale about a man who plots to kill every relative that stands between him and the family inheritance. At once a witty black comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system, with its delicate balancing act between bad taste and bad manners, the Ealing genre reached utter perfection.
An 11 year old boy grapples with a burgeoning love of ballet against a backdrop of machismo and aggression in County Durham during the 1984 Miners’ Strike. Jamie Bell and Julie Walters dance to music by T-Rex, The Clash, The Jam and Tchaikovsky. A box office smash hit in Britain and internationally, and also a big winner at awards ceremonies and film festivals worldwide.
Wim Wenders, director of ‘Wings of Desire’, ‘Paris, Texas’ and ‘Buena Vista Social Club’, had planned a collaboration with choreographer Pina Bausch, and following her death was persuaded by her dancers to continue with the project as a tribute to her. He takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble, he follows the dancers out of the theatre into Wuppertal.
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
"For the first time in my life I was treated to Grand Opera where the beauty, power and scope of the music was equally matched by the visual presentation." — Cecil B. DeMille
The Loneliness of the
Long Distance Runner (1962)
Written by Alan Sillitoe, based on his own short story, Tom Courtenay makes his debut as a rebellious youth in a borstal where Michael Redgrave plays the Governor who pushes him into sport. During his solitary runs, we see reveries of his life and times before his incarceration. Class-conscious and reflecting the rage and apathy of the angry young men of the time, this was one of the landmarks of the British New Wave, where filmmakers with documentary backgrounds insisted on independent ‘Free Cinema’ and ‘Kitchen Sink’ realism.
25 June 2012