- 1h 45min
- Directed by: Tim Burton
- Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin
Burton follows up the excesses of Batman with this fairy tale for the 90s, which works as a welcome return to the darker side of the genre. Depp is the unfinished creation of The Inventor (Price), who lives alone in a crumbling mansion, unable to even scratch his nose without needing stitches. Discovered by a friendly Avon lady, his talent for coiffure and topiary makes him a neighbourhood favourite until tragedy strikes. Beautifully shot, tenderly acted and full of hidden depths.
Mon 11 Dec
- Directed by: Tod Browning
- Written by: Tod Robbins
- Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Henry Victor, Harry Earles
Browning's infamous and long-banned 1932 classic is the story of a group of travelling circus 'freaks' – Half Boy, Bearded Lady, Living Torso, Armless Woman, etc – who visit a terrible revenge on the beautiful trapeze artist Cleopatra for a crime committed against one of their own. The press and public reacted with disgust to Browning's casting of real circus freaks. The terrible irony is that Browning champions the deformed over the superficially beautiful. Freaks is as wonderfully weird as it is warm and humane, alternately funny, creepy and genuinely shocking. It's been much misunderstood but remains utterly unique.
Mon 30 Oct
Followed by a talk by Johnny Mains, author of a book about the film.
- 1h 35min
- Directed by: Raoul Peck
Documentary examining race relations in America, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House, which is told through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King. Director Raoul Peck makes use of Baldwin's writing over archive footage, news clippings and vintage photographs, excellently balancing Samuel L Jackson's narration with relevant imagery to produce a thought-provoking and affecting piece of work.
Mon 16 Oct
- 2h 30min
- Directed by: Philipp Stölzl
- Cast: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez
Based on the best-selling novel by Noah Gordon, about a boy, Robert Cole, who has a gift for understanding illness. Inspired by the surgery skills of a Jewish physician, he disguises himself as a Jew so he can study at a school that doesn't allow Christians.
Mon 20 Nov
£4.20–£6 (Friends free)
Introduced by Dr Péter Bokody, Lecturer in Art History at Plymouth University.
- 1h 57min
- Directed by: Colin Gregg
- Cast: Roger Adamson, John Altman, Dawn Archibald
A group of Devonport-based Royal Navy ratings, due to sail to America for a six-month NATO exercise, go out on the town on their last night in port, hitting Plymouth's notorious Union Street district, with violent results.
Mon 6 Nov
- 1h 52min
- Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
- Written by: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Citti
- Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto, Elsa De Giorgi, Hélène Surgère, Sonia Saviange, Renata Moar, Franco Merli, Inès Pellegrini
Facist Italy, 1944. Four wealthy libertines gather in an abandoned mansion where they have assembled a group of young men and women who they subject to a series of sexual tortures. These abominations are depicted in graphic, repetitive and unflinching detail. To what purpose? For the wealthy hosts, because they can. For Pasolini, it's a comment on the nature of Mussolini's facist state. That's why this film is art, not mere gratuitous exploitation. In fact, it's a milestone in film history.
Mon 23 Oct
£4.20–£6 (Friends free)
- 1h 30min
- Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
- Written by: Ingmar Bergman
- Cast: Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgré, Åke Fridell
Bergman's hugely iconic and sustained meditation on the inevitability of death and suffering in the Middle Ages makes a more than welcome return to the big screen courtesy of this lovely new print.
Mon 27 Nov
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