Barbican Cinema: October 2017 highlights
Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre
October 2017 highlights
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Barbican Cinema Special Events
- The Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90
- Cinema Matters Part 5 – Collective Visions
- Silent Film and Live Music: The End of St. Petersburg + Live musical accompaniment by HarmonieBand
- Downtown ’81 + Special Guests
- Britain on Film: Black Britain
- John Akomfrah Presents... Far From Vietnam
- Alison Anders’ Mi Vida Loca
- Russian Revolution documentary Tsar to Lenin
- Stephen Endelman Film Music Masterclass
- Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami - Live With Friends
Also screening at Barbican:
- Dance Umbrella Film Series
- Science on Screen: Green for Danger + Presentation by Tom Clutton-Brock
- Oscar® Scores: Up + ScreenTalk with Michael Giacchino
- Royal Opera House Live: La Boheme
- Met Opera Live in HD: Norma
- RSC Live: Coriolanus
- Afternoon Arts Stage Russia: The Cherry Orchard
- Met Opera Live in HD: Die Zauberflote
- Royal Opera House Live: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Afternoon Arts Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer
Barbican Cinema Special Events:
The Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90
Until 5 Oct, Cinema 1 & 3
Continuing a major season at Barbican Cinema, audiences get a taste of the sordid and blisteringly creative streets of late 1970s and 1980s New York, with a series of films that take us back to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s home town. Screenings include cult rom-com Desperately Seeking Susan, Tally Brown, New York and Chantal Akerman’s poignant time capsule of NYC in 1976, News From Home. Complementing Basquiat: Boom for Real in the Barbican Art Gallery.
Cinema Matters Part 5 – Collective Visions
Until 26 Oct, Cinema 1, 2 & 3
In the on-going Cinema Matters series at Barbican, Part 5 looks at film’s ability to bring people together, forming collective identities, and how cinema inspires ideologies, revolutionary ideas and dissident voices. Including a UK premiere screening of the 4K restoration of Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers and Elia Suleiman’s acclaimed Palestinian debut Chronicle of Disappearance.
Silent Film and Live Music: The End of St. Petersburg (PG)
+ Live musical accompaniment by HarmonieBand
Sun 1 Oct 3.30pm, Cinema 1
USSR 1927 Dir Vsevolod Pudovkin 87 min
A young peasant gets caught up in the 1917 October Revolution, when he comes to St Petersburg to find work in Vsevolod Pudovkin’s landmark film, accompanied by Paul Robinson’s compelling live score.
Downtown 81 (15) + Special Guests
Sat 7 Oct 1.45pm, Cinema 1
US 1981 Dir Edo Bertoglio 71 min
A special and free screening of Downtown 81, in which a young Jean-Michel Basquiat stars as the art star he has yet to become. The screening is followed by apanel discussion with producer Maripol and musicians August Darnell and Arto Lindsay, chaired by author Tim Lawrence.
Part of Too Young For What?, a daylong programme of free events, installations and special performances exploring what Basquiat and his practice means to young and emerging artists.
Britain on Film: Black Britain (12A)
Sun 8 Oct 4pm, Cinema 2
UK 1901-1985 Dir. Various 91 min
This selection of archive films explores and celebrates the vital history of black British life throughout the 20th century. Capturing both the political and the personal, the programme includes little-seen footage - from Menelik Shabazz’s Blood Ah Go Run, which looks at the aftermath of the killing of thirteen young black people in New Cross in 1981, to joyous celebrations at Notting Hill Carnival.
John Akomfrah Presents... Far From Vietnam (15)
Tue 24 Oct 6.15pm, Cinema 2
1967 Dirs. Chris Marker, Jean Luc-Godard, Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda, William Klein, Alain Resnais and Claude Lelouch 115 min Digital presentation
To coincide with his exhibition Purple running in the Curve Gallery, artist John Akomfrah selects a series of films which have influenced his work and life over the years, beginning with Far From Vietnam.
Conceived and edited by Chris Marker (Sans Soleil), and overlaid with his inimitable voiceover, the film is laid out over eleven chapters and brings together contributions from directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and Agnes Varda, each united in their opposition to US military involvement in Vietnam. A landmark in political filmmaking, the questions it asks both of cinema and political solidarities in general still resonate today.
Mi Vida Loca (15)
Tue 10 Oct 6.30pm, Cinema 3
US 1994 Dir. Allison Anders 95 min
A rare chance to see this Allison Anders’ 90s classic which follows Sad Girl and Mousie, two best friends living in Echo Park, whose loyalty is tested against the backdrop of gang life.
Tsar to Lenin (PG*)
Sun 22 Oct 4.15pm
US 1936 Dir. Herman Axelbank 70 min
Tsar to Lenin is Herman Axelbank’s remarkable documentary record of the Russian Revolution.Made in 1936, the film begins with archive footage of the Tsar and his family on vacation, and moves through to protests, demonstrations and the Bolshevik revolution. Narrated by the American writer, poet and political activist Max Eastman.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami - Live With Friends (#)
Wed 25 Oct 7.15pm, Cinema 1
UK 2017 Sophie Fiennes 116 min
An enlightening evening with the inimitable icon Grace Jones, as she discusses her life and work with some of her closest collaborators, after a preview of Sophie Fiennes’ intimate documentary about the star.
Also screening at Barbican :
Dance Umbrella Film Series
14-25 Oct, Cinema 3
This year Barbican Cinema join forces with Dance Umbrella, London’s international dance festival, to present three feature-length dance documentaries. Screenings include Paris Opera Ballet documentary In the Steps of Trisha Brown, the touching Before We Go and, in honour of festival artist Rocio Molina, Flamenco, Flamenco.
Science on Screen: Green for Danger (PG) + Presentation by Tom Clutton-Brock
Tue 17 Oct 6.15pm, Cinema 2
UK 1946 Dir Sidney Gilliat 91 min
Using Sidney Gilliat’s 1946 murder mystery as a reference point, Tom Clutton-Brock explores advances in anaesthetic practise throughout the twentieth century before a screening of the film, starring Trevor Howard and Alastair Sim.
Oscar® Scores: Up (U) + ScreenTalk with Michael Giacchino
Wed 18 Oct 7pm, Cinema 2
US 2009 Dirs Pete Docter, Bob Peterson 102 min
Legendary composer Michael Giacchino discusses his beautiful score to this funny and poignant Pixar classic, alongside his work on a diverse selection of films including Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Star Trek.
Produced in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Royal Opera House Live: La Boheme (12A)
Tue 3 Oct 7.15pm, Cinema 2
National Theatre Encore: Hamlet (12A)
Thu 5 Oct 7pm, Cinema 2
Met Opera Live in HD: Norma (12A)
Sat 7 Oct 5.55pm, Cinema 1
RSC Live: Coriolanus (#)
Wed 11 Oct 7pm, Cinema 2
Afternoon Arts Stage Russia: The Cherry Orchard (#)
Thu 12 Oct 2pm, Cinema 2
Met Opera Live in HD: Die Zauberflote (12A)
Sat 14 Oct 5.55pm, Cinema 1
Royal Opera House Live: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (12A)
Mon 23 Oct 7.15pm, Cinema 2
Afternoon Arts Exhibition on Screen: Vermeer (PG)
Thu 26 Oct 2pm, Cinema 2
Also screening in the cinemas this month will be some of the best new releases including Blade Runner 2049, The Glass Castle, The Snowman, Call Me By Your Name, The Mercy and Breathe.
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