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Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, England, SE1 8XT
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All About Eve

All About Eve
  • 1950
  • US
  • 2h 18min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Joseph L Mankiewicz
  • Written by: Joseph L Mankiewicz
  • Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Davis and Baxter are on top form in this tale of back-stage back-biting and conniving, and a young Marilyn makes a big entrance in a small part. A witty and intelligent film. Now on re-release in digital.

Mon 24 Jun
Sun 30 Jun

Bagdad Café

Wed 19 Jun

Bastards

Bastards
  • 2013
  • France / Germany
  • 1h 40min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Written by: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
  • Cast: Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Michel Sabor, Lola Creton

Marco (Lindon) is a seaman who comes ashore to unravel his family's messy involvement with a sexually depraved tycoon (Subor), only to embark on an affair with the man's partner (Mastroianni). Despite committed performances and moments of visual beauty, the enigmatic approach and chopped-up narrative make for a confusing and empty effect.

Sat 22 Jun
Tue 25 Jun

Beau Travail

Beau Travail
  • 2000
  • France
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Written by: Claire Denis
  • Cast: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin

An imaginative reworking of Herman Melville's novella 'Billy Budd, Sailor', 'Beau Travail' sees writer-director Denis relocating the source material from the 19th century British navy to the present-day French Foreign Legion. In Marseille, Sergeant Galoup (Denis Lavant) recalls the events that led to him being forced to leave the corps after being posted to a remote outpost in Djibouti, East Africa. A work filled with beauty, sadness and mystery. Mesmerising filmmaking.

Wed 19 Jun

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
  • 1927
  • Germany
  • 1h 17min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Walter Ruttman

A beautifully haunting documentary celebrating the rhythm of life over a one-day period in 1927 Berlin. Studying a cross section of the populace that inhabit this lively city, the film conveys an appreciation of the joys and atmosphere of city life.

Wed 19 Jun
Sat 29 Jun

Blow Out

Blow Out
  • 1981
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Brian De Palma
  • Cast: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, De Palma's thriller features a sound recordist (Travolta) who accidentally records evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Sat 22 Jun

Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her
  • 1992
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Written by: Martin Donovan, David Koepp
  • Cast: Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis

An actress in decline and a frumpy author discover the secret of eternal life, and so are able to carry their mutual jealousy to outrageous extremes. A comedy that is surprisingly black, given the stars involved and the pressures on its $40 million budget, but which tends to get carried away with its distractingly impressive special effects.

Fri 21 Jun

The Devious Path

  • 1928
Mon 24 Jun
Sun 30 Jun

The Favourite

The Favourite
  • 2018
  • Ireland / UK / US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult

In the court of Queen Anne (Colman), power is wielded by Lady Sarah Marlborough (Weisz), but then Sarah’s young cousin Abigail (Stone) arrives. Brash, bawdy and beguiling, and a deceptively acute commentary on the nature of power, with career-best work from Weisz and Stone and a commanding performance from Colman as the ailing Queen.

Mon 24 Jun
Tue 25 Jun

The Garden

The Garden
  • 1990
  • UK
  • 1h 32min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Derek Jarman
  • Written by: Derek Jarman
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Spencer Leigh, Spring - Mark Adley

Shot partly in his own garden in Dungeness, Jarman parallels the suffering of Christ with a latterday passion story about the oppression of homosexuals in modern Britain, linking Christ's impending death loosely with Jarman's own HIV-positive status. The film has an emotional - even spiritual - quality that is both typical Jarman and genuinely transcendant of the normal limits of cinematic art.

Fri 21 Jun
Sat 22 Jun
Sun 23 Jun
Mon 24 Jun
Tue 25 Jun
Wed 26 Jun
Thu 27 Jun

Gone Girl

Gone Girl
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 25min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Fincher
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

Nick (Affleck) comes home on his fifth wedding anniversary to find his wife Amy (Pike) gone, and a series of revelations cast him in the worst possible light. Fincher directs with cool proficiency and a sense of brutal fun; Affleck is perfect, and Pike gives a bravura, breakout performance.

Sat 22 Jun
Sun 30 Jun

The Joyless Street (Die freudlose Gasse)

The Joyless Street (Die freudlose Gasse)
  • 1925
  • Germany
  • 12A
  • Directed by: GW Pabst
  • Cast: Greta Garbo, Asta Nielsen, Valeska Gert

Banned in Britain on its release, this film charts the destitution in the middle classes of Vienna in the 1920s.

Sun 23 Jun
Sat 29 Jun

The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show
  • 1971
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Cybill Shepherd

Sex and depression in a West Texas town. Bogdanovich's splendid 1971 debut returns on new print.

Tue 25 Jun

The Leopard

The Leopard
  • 1963
  • Italy
  • 3h 7min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Luchino Visconti
  • Written by: Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi d'Amico
  • Cast: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Serge Reggiani, Mario Girotti, Pierre Clementi

Characteristically lavish Visconti adaptation of Giuseppe De Lampedusa's classic novel of the Italian Risorgimento has a splendid Lancaster as the prince of Salina reflecting mournfully on the rise of the bourgeoisie when his nephew Delon marries merchant's daughter Cardinale. It's undeniably overlong and rather slow-moving but Visconti's handling of the epic final ball sequence is a further demonstration of his mastery of composition for the wide screen and his later conception of film-as-opera.

Sun 23 Jun

The Leopard

  • 2010
  • Italy / UK
  • 19min
  • Directed by: Isaac Julien

Short film by English director Isaac Julien.

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Sun 23 Jun

Let the Sunshine In

Let the Sunshine In
  • 2017
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Cast: Juliette Binoche, Philippe Katerine, Xavier Beauvois

Isabelle (Binoche) is a powerfully sexy middle-aged woman who for some reason can’t find a half-decent mate; on this farcical plot, Denis hangs an idiosyncratic, empathetic and intimate comedy, adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse with a wonderful sense of the absurd. Binoche is self-deprecating and achingly human.

Mon 24 Jun
Sun 30 Jun

Liebelei

Liebelei
  • 1933
  • Germany
  • 1h 28min
  • Directed by: Max Ophuls
  • Cast: Paul Horbiger, Magda Schneider, Luise Ullrich

Lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer ends his affair with Baroness Eggersdorff and falls in love with the daughter of an opera violinist. All is not well, however, when the Baron Eggersdorff finds out about the affair.

Sat 22 Jun
Sat 29 Jun

M

M
  • 1931
  • Germany
  • 1h 38min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Fritz Lang
  • Written by: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Paul Falkenberg, Adolf Jansen
  • Cast: Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Gustaf Gründgens, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Theodor Loos, Friedrich Gnass

Lang's masterpiece is a fascinating and intriguing film which follows the manhunt for a Dusseldorf child-murderer. In highlighting the procedurals of police organisations this was incredibly influential.

Thu 20 Jun
Tue 25 Jun
Wed 26 Jun

Madame de …

Madame de …
  • 1953
  • France / Italy
  • 1h 45min
  • U
  • Directed by: Max Ophüls
  • Cast: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica

In late 19th century Paris, the wife of a general sells her earrings to pay off her debts. When her husband secretly buys them for his mistress, a complex love triangle is formed.

Thu 20 Jun

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Written by: Tennessee Williams
  • Cast: Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Vanessa Kirby

The heat and passion of Stanley and Stella's love and the tragedy of poor, fading Blanche DuBois, beamed live from London.

Wed 19 Jun
Thu 27 Jun

People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag)

People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag)
  • 1929
  • Germany
  • U
  • Directed by: Robert Siodmak, Curt Siodmak, Edgar G Ulmer, Fred Zinnermann, Billy Wilder
  • Cast: Erwin Splettstößer, Brigitte Borchert, Wolfgang von Waltershausen, Christl Ehlers, Annie Schreyer

A roll call of the greatest talents in the German film industry, this silent film depicts a joyous inter-war Berlin, made all the more poignant by the knowledge of what was to come.

Sun 23 Jun

La Regle Du Jeu

La Regle Du Jeu
  • 1939
  • France
  • 1h 53min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jean Renoir
  • Cast: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Jean Renoir.

A weekend shooting party for assorted bourgeoisie results in a welter of romantic intrigue and a hint of tragedy. Suppressed during the war because censors objected to its portrayal of French moral degeneration, Renoir's celebrated comedy can now be seen as a triumph of bleak satire and fluid cinematic technique.

Mon 24 Jun
Thu 27 Jun

The Rules of the Game

La Regle Du Jeu
  • 1939
  • France
  • 1h 50min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jean Renoir
  • Written by: Jean Renoir, Carl Koch
  • Cast: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost

A French film telling the story of the upper class French society and the relationship with their servants before World War II.

Mon 24 Jun
Thu 27 Jun

The Shining

The Shining
  • 1980
  • US
  • 2h 26min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall, Philip Stone.

Kubrick's overwrought, overlong horror film dispenses with much of the psychic apparatus of Stephen King's novel to concentrate on the deeper horror of a family turning in on itself. Nicholson, with all the stops out, is bug-eyed and demonic as the writer cracking up violently in an isolated hotel, and the final scenes are, literally, chilling.

Mon 24 Jun

A Taxi Driver

A Taxi Driver
  • 2017
  • South Korea
  • 2h 17min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hun Jang
  • Cast: Kang-ho Song, Thomas Kretschmann, Hae-jin Yoo

A Korean taxi driver helps a German reporter cover the Gwangju Uprising in 1980.

Fri 21 Jun
Sat 29 Jun

To Die For

Wed 19 Jun

Trouble Every Day

Trouble Every Day
  • 2001
  • France
  • 33h 22min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Written by: Claire Denis,, Jean-Pol Fargeau
  • Cast: Vincent Gallo,, Tricia Vessey,, Béatrice Dalle,, Alex Descas,, Florence Loiret,, Nicolas Duvauchelle,, Aurore Clément

Denis' film, in which Dalle and Gallo are cast as sexual cannibals of the dark (the aftermath of some dubious research working in Africa), incorporates numerous genre elements - vampire, beast of science, lycanthropy. The filmmaker is here blending various horror genres to find the first principle from which they function. But while Dalle is excellent as a woman who's given herself over to the dark side of her pleasures, Gallo is less convincing. Subsequently, there isn't much tension nor rationale here, merely many a gore moment where horror's own id is given a free rein.

Thu 20 Jun

La Vie commence demain

  • 1950
  • France
  • Directed by: Nicole Védrès
  • Cast: Jean-Pierre Aumont, André Labarthe, Jean-Paul Sartre

The story of a man given a glimpse of tomorrow, with an all-star cast of cameo appearances from writers, artists and scientists.

Fri 21 Jun

White Material

White Material
  • 2010
  • France
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Written by: Claire Denis, Marie NDiaye
  • Cast: Isabelle Huppert

Highly recommended Cameroon-filmed feature set during a civil war where civilians are caught in the crossfire. At the heart of this mesmerising evocation of a land that is disintegrating into chaos, is the tale of a coffee plantation owner (Huppert), desperately clinging to the last vestiges of a world that is already in disarray.

Sat 22 Jun

Young Adult

Young Adult
  • 2011
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jason Reitman
  • Written by: Diablo Cody
  • Cast: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt

Recently divorced writer Mavis (Theron) returns to her tiny hometown to win back former sweetheart Buddy (Wilson), except he's a happily married father. A standard rom-com setup becomes something much less reassuring: Theron gives a perfectly judged performance as the conceited, searingly tactless Mavis, and Cody's crackling dialogue confirms Reitman's instinct for original storytelling.

Sat 22 Jun

The best in world and arthouse cinema is always on offer at this international film centre. Three screens show a variety of new, classic and archive releases, with films for a fiver on Tuesdays. Elsewhere in the building there's the Mediatheque facility, which gives access to the extensive BFI archive, and the well-stocked BFI Filmstore.

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