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Afternoon Classics: Sunset Boulevard

  • PG

Our final screening in this 'Noir' Mini season of Afternoon Classics is 'Sunset Boulevard'. (Re scheduled from Thursday 24th November)

The story, set in '50s Hollywood, focuses on Norma Desmond, a silent-screen goddess whose pathetic belief in her own indestructibility has turned her into a demented recluse. The crumbling Sunset Boulevard mansion where she lives with only her butler, Max who was once her director and husband has become her self-contained world. Norma dreams of a comeback to pictures and she begins a relationship with Joe Gillis, a small-time writer who becomes her lover, that will soon end with murder and total madness.

"Norma Desmond, a fictional former queen of the silent era is at the heart of Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, and she is played with mesmerising intensity by Gloria Swanson, near perfect" ★★★★★ The Telegraph

We offer Free Tea/coffee & Cake with every ticket at our Afternoon Classic screenings.

Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olsen

USA 1950

Run time: 110 mins

***"This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network" ★★★

Thu 8 Dec

£4–£6

All'opera: Giacomo Puccini's Madam Butterfly - Live From Teatro Alla Scala

  • 12A

Madame Butterfly first saw the light of day in La Scala in February 1904, and was hotly contested. It was certainly the victim of an ambush organised by enemies of the composer and his editor, but perhaps also to the surprise of the audience faced with a crude and innovative opera, they were witnessing the very latest developments in European musical theatre. That very same year, Puccini revised and restaged the opera for performances at the Teatro Grande in Brescia to great acclaim. Madame Butterfly quickly became a hugely popular opera with performers and audiences alike, and remains one of Puccini’s most performed works to date.

RiccardoChailly will conduct the original version of Madame Butterfly, marking this the first time the performance has returned to La Scala since it’s debut. This signifies an act of contribution towards Puccini but above all, alongside the subsequent variations, an opportunity to rediscover the opera that is more audacious in its dramaturgical design. The performance will be directed by Alvis Hermanis, who has already been hailed at La Scala for his new productions of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten and Verdi’s I due Foscari, and the cast orbits around Cio-Cio-San played by Maria José Siri, an emerging soprano on the greatest international stages.

“I will bring to the stage something new which, in truth, is a return to the origin: Madame Butterfly will be staged not in the version that opera lovers know, but in its first version, which debuted here at LaScala in 1904 but was a resounding opera. Puccini re wrote it and it became a success. I won’t be conducting the successful MadameButterfly, but the version that was booed and, since then, has never been performed.” -Riccardo Chailly

Runtime: 160 mins

Conductor:Riccardo Chailly

LaScala Chorus and Orchestra

Wed 7 Dec

£10–£12

Bfi Black Star Season: In The Heat Of The Night (12A) + DJ Set By The Vinylistas

BFI Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors in some of the finest performances ever committed to film.

(This screening is re scheduled from 23rd November)

They call him MR Tibbs! Sidney Poitier excels as a detective who faces racism while working on a murder case.

Jewison’s hard-hitting murder mystery is entertaining, atmospheric and insightful. In the Heat of the Night won five Oscars® in 1968, including Best Picture, Best Actor (for Rod Steiger), Best Screenplay and Best Editing. But one of the key reasons for the film’s success was Sidney Poitier, who is devastatingly cool and charismatic as Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs. Tibbs arrives in a small Southern backwater to visit his mother but becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when he’s picked up by the local police simply for the ‘crime’ of being black. When Tibbs’ profession is confirmed, he’s teamed with a racist redneck sheriff (Steiger) to help with the investigation – a riveting partnership that reflects the era’s desperately strained race relations.

Ashley Clark, BFI Black Star programmer

Director: Dir Norman Jewison

USA 1967

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Run time: 110min

Full digital restoration courtesy of Park Circus

In The Heat Of The Night is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by the Independent Cinema Office and Film Hub North West Central, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

The BFI Black Star Season is Supported by:

BFI Film Audience Network

The National Lottery

#BFIBLACKSTAR

Mon 5 Dec

£4–£6

Bfi Black Star Season: The Harder They Come

  • 15

BFI Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors in some of the finest performances ever committed to film. Read more at http://www.bfi.org.uk/black-star

‘The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.’ Village Voice

*The Harder They Come *is the classic story of the high price paid for a rise to fame. Ivan (reggae legend Jimmy Cliff) is a wannabe singer who leaves his rural village to go to Jamaica’s capital Kingston in pursuit of everything that glitters. But he comes a cropper, first mugged of all he owns, then beset by unscrupulous record producers. Undeterred, Ivan shifts into the world of marijuana dealing.

Set against a backdrop of real Jamaican locations, this story of success by any means necessary ranks alongside Scarface as one of the best crime films about urban living. But it is also a genuine social document, for many the first time that they tasted the true delights of the Caribbean on screen or heard characters talking in Patois.

The quintessential reggae movie, with a soundtrack every bit as famous as the film itself (said to have brought reggae to the world), featuring tracks by Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, The Slickers and Toots and the Maytals. *The Harder They Come *is a deserved cult classic with a gritty, authentic edge.

Director: Perry Henzell

Jamaica 1972

Starring Jimmy Cliff

Run time: 120 mins

The Harder They Come is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by the Independent Cinema Office and Film Hub North West Central, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

www.bfi.org.uk/blackstar

The BFI Black Star Season is Supported by:

BFI Film Audience Network

The National Lottery

#BFIBLACKSTAR

Thu 8 Dec

£4–£6

Bfi Black Star Season: The Harder They Come (15) + DJ Set By The Vinylistas

BFI Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors in some of the finest performances ever committed to film. Read more at http://www.bfi.org.uk/black-star

‘The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.’ Village Voice

*The Harder They Come *is the classic story of the high price paid for a rise to fame. Ivan (reggae legend Jimmy Cliff) is a wannabe singer who leaves his rural village to go to Jamaica’s capital Kingston in pursuit of everything that glitters. But he comes a cropper, first mugged of all he owns, then beset by unscrupulous record producers. Undeterred, Ivan shifts into the world of marijuana dealing.

Set against a backdrop of real Jamaican locations, this story of success by any means necessary ranks alongside Scarface as one of the best crime films about urban living. But it is also a genuine social document, for many the first time that they tasted the true delights of the Caribbean on screen or heard characters talking in Patois.

The quintessential reggae movie, with a soundtrack every bit as famous as the film itself (said to have brought reggae to the world), featuring tracks by Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, The Slickers and Toots and the Maytals. *The Harder They Come *is a deserved cult classic with a gritty, authentic edge.

Director: Perry Henzell

Jamaica 1972

Starring Jimmy Cliff

Run time: 120 mins

The Harder They Come is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by the Independent Cinema Office and Film Hub North West Central, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

www.bfi.org.uk/blackstar

The BFI Black Star Season is Supported by:

BFI Film Audience Network

The National Lottery

#BFIBLACKSTAR

Thu 8 Dec

£4–£6

The Girl with all the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Colm McCarthy
  • Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine

A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Moving, visceral and surprising sci-fi horror, asking questions about what it means to be human.

Fri 9 Dec

£4–£6

Sat 10 Dec

£4–£6

Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy
  • 1969
  • US
  • 113 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John Schlesinger
  • Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight

Voight is the dim-witted Texan getting by in the Big Apple by acting as a gigolo for the rich ladies of New York, while Hoffman is the tubercular conman he befriends and helps through the cold winter in this seminal buddy movie, which helped both protagonists to major stardom in the early 1970s, set Schlesinger off on an intermittently successful career, and further shifted the censorship parameters of mainstream American film.

Tue 6 Dec

£6

Teatro Alla Scala: Madam Butterfly

  • 2016

Riccardo Chailly conducts the original version of Madame Butterfly.

Wed 7 Dec

£10–£12

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