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As typhoons buffet Tokyo, the film perceptively, in Ozu like style, examines a broken family and the father’s dogged attempts to glue it back together.
This perceptive tale is of divorced father Ryota (Abe Hiroshi), a one-time novelist who may have gambled away his adulthood. Save for an addiction to betting, he’s inherited little of worth from his late father. And his still-spry mother (the wonderful Kirin Kiki,) has a habit of blithely tossing out the most valuable heirlooms. One thunderous night, Ryota lures his son and ex-wife to grandma’s flat, in the conspiratorial hope of patching things up. With his usual bittersweet poise, Kore-eda looks at how one failed relationship can affect all the others around it. (Subtitles)
Japan 2016 Kore-eda Hirokazu 117m
Twelfth Night- the one day in the year when traditionally the world turns upside-down.
Twins Viola and Sebastian both survive a terrible accident, each believing the other to be dead. The surviver must face a world alone in a strange country whose leader is rendered useless by the pangs of unrequited love, and the idle idle rich drink away the night - a world where madness and confusion reign supreme. A truly rich and easily understood comedy which can be enjoyed on many levels.
As Disney's ‘Beauty and the Beast’ hits screens across the UK, revisit the film that first conjured the story's magical spell.
No, not any of the Disney versions, but Jean Cocteau's classic fantasy re-casting the well-known fairy tale for adults. When Beauty's father picks a rose at a deserted castle, a beast in Prince's clothing (Jean Marius) appears and tells him he must die. He sends the man home to say good-bye to his family, whereupon Beauty (Josette Day) offers to take her father's place. She goes off to the castle but instead of killing her, the beast falls in love with her. Stunning cinematography replicates the lighting of the Dutch masters and the whole film is the epitome of cinematic art wherein the magic is created 'in camera'. (Subtitles/Restored Print)
France 1946 Jean Cocteau 96m
Another 1950 Ealing classic starring a very young Dirk Bogarde as a cold gangster in a beautifully newly restored print.
An immensely popular British crime film, Basil Dearden’s ‘The Blue Lamp’ was scripted by ex-policeman T.E.B Clark, the writer who arguably did most to define Ealing Studio’s post-war identity. The film marked the first appearance of the character of Jack Warner – later to be immortalized in ‘Dixon of Dock Green’. The story follows two London policemen whose daily routine is interrupted by a botched robbery and subsequent murder hunt. Starring Dirk Bogarde it was originally released in 1950. Sixty-seven years on, it's hard to appreciate just how shocking one key scene in ‘The Blue Lamp’ was considered by British audiences at the time. No - no spoilers for those who haven’t seen it! (anyone?) Wonderfully nostalgic portrait of a Britain that no longer exists.
UK 1950 Basil Dearden 82m