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27 - 30 December

The Glasgow Film Theatre is showing the digitally restored print of The Red Shoes from 27 - 30 December

See their web site for details and tickets


26 December 2009 - 3 January 2010

The Whitsell Auditorium of the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, is running a "British Noir" season from 17 December to 3 January. They aren't showing The Small Back Room, but they are showing Peeping Tom on Sat. Dec. 26, 5pm; Sun. Dec. 27, 7pm; Sun. Jan. 3, 7pm.

Peeping Tom
Director: Michael Powell
Great Britain, 1960

"The bodies pile up as sensitive film studio focus puller Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) moonlights as a 'private' photographer of scantily clad women, while obsessively working on his own 'documentary' with the world's most lethal tripod. Obviously, this perverse examination of 'scoptophilia' wasn't expected from the director of such artistically acclaimed works as Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes, and Powell's career was effectively destroyed by the critical savaging: 'The sickest and filthiest film I remember seeing' - 'It's been a long time since a film disgusted me as much as Peeping Tom'... In the ensuing decades, the film's stature has skyrocketed, with critics and audiences continuing to cringe at its unsettling mayhem, their nerves already lacerated by the garish color photography and design, as well as the jangling piano-and-bongo score." - Film Forum.

"Visually elegant, endlessly perverse. This film's endless, often outrageously Freudian allusions to the nature of seeing, possessing, and exploiting make it one of a kind. Its status as the kinkiest of cinema-conscious classics remains assured." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times.

Kelli Holloway, on the faculty of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Institute (OPI), is a psychodynamically oriented psychiatrist who specializes in issues related to depression/anxiety, trauma, professional and life transitions, and interpersonal relationships. She and Scott Murray, a psychiatrist and student at the OPI, will lead a post-film discussion after the screening on January 3.

See their web site for details and tickets


25 - 26 December 2009

Starting Christmas Day, the tiny Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis will screen the new 35-millimeter print of The Red Shoes six times.

Fri Dec 25 4:25pm; 7:00pm; 9:35pm; Sat Dec 26 4:25pm; 7:00pm; 9:35pm

See their web site for details and tickets


18 - 24 December
Michael Eyers tells us:

They're showing the digitally restored print of The Red Shoes in Brighton from the 18th - 24th Dec at the Duke of Yorks.

Fri 18th - tbc
Sat 19th - 3.00pm
Sun 20th - 6.00pm
Mon 21st - tbc
Tue 22nd - tbc
Wed 23rd - tbc
Thu 24th - tbc

See their web site for details and tickets


11 - 17 December
Brian Corstange tells us:

The restored print of The Red Shoes will be playing at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Illinois from December 11-17.

See their web site for details and tickets or see their complete winter calendar (PDF)


11 - 30 December
Richard Layne tells us:

I see from the NFT's December programme that they have the new restoration of The Red Shoes in an extended run from 11th to 30th December.


11 - 30 December

The digitally restored print of The Red Shoes is on tour around the British Isles (including Ireland) from 11 - 30 December

Where Cinema Dates
LondonBFI Southbank (NFT)Fri 11 - Wed 30 Dec 2009
BristolWatershed CinemaFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
SheffieldShowroom CinemaFri 11 - Wed 30 Dec 2009
NorwichNorwich Cinema CityFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
BelfastQueens Film TheatreFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
EdinburghFilmhouse EdinburghFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
DublinLight House Cinema SmithfieldFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
CambridgeArts Picturehouse CambridgeFri 11 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LondonGate Cinema Notting HillFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
LondonRitzy BrixtonFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
LondonEveryman HampsteadFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
HawkhurstKino Digital LtdThu 17 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
CroydonDavid Lean Cinema CroydonFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LondonCurzon MayfairFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
RichmondRichmond FilmhouseFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
TotnesBarn Theatre - Dartington HallFri 18 - Wed 23 Dec 2009
BrightonDuke of York's PicturehouseFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
DundeeDundee Contemporary ArtsFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
AberdeenBelmontFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
SouthamptonHarbour Lights PicturehouseFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
OxfordPhoenix OxfordFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LondonGreenwich PicturehouseFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
Newcastle upon TyneTyneside CinemaFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LiverpoolPicturehouse at FACT LiverpoolFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LondonScreen on the GreenFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
DublinIrish Film InstituteFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
BathLittle TheatreFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
GlasgowGlasgow Film TheatreSun 27 - Wed 30 Dec 2009
CoventryWarwick Arts CentreSat 2 - Sun 3 Jan 2010
ManchesterCornerhouse CinemaFri 8 - Thu 14 Jan 2010
InvernessEden CourtSat 9 - Mon 11 Jan 2010
BerkhamsteadRex BerkhamsteadSat 9 - Mon 11 Jan 2010

Contact your nearest cinema for the exact dates, times & for tickets. Do try to see it, it really is stunning. If it's not showing at a cinema near you, ask them why they aren't showing it. It's worth travelling some distance to see it.

See the full list of tour dates at the Park Cinema site. They're handling the distribution in the British Isles.


11 - 17 December
Barbara Siek tells us:

This is certainly the season for screening The Red Shoes (the digitally restored print) at the Queens Film Theatre, Belfast, 11th - 17th December.

See their web site for details and tickets


11 - 30 December

The digitally restored print of The Red Shoes is on tour around the British Isles (including Ireland) from 11 - 30 December

Where Cinema Dates
LondonBFI Southbank (NFT)Fri 11 - Wed 30 Dec 2009
BristolWatershed CinemaFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
SheffieldShowroom CinemaFri 11 - Wed 30 Dec 2009
NorwichNorwich Cinema CityFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
BelfastQueens Film TheatreFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
EdinburghFilmhouse EdinburghFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
DublinLight House Cinema SmithfieldFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
CambridgeArts Picturehouse CambridgeFri 11 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LondonGate Cinema Notting HillFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
LondonRitzy BrixtonFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
LondonEveryman HampsteadFri 11 - Thu 17 Dec 2009
HawkhurstKino Digital LtdThu 17 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
CroydonDavid Lean Cinema CroydonFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LondonCurzon MayfairFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
RichmondRichmond FilmhouseFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
TotnesBarn Theatre - Dartington HallFri 18 - Wed 23 Dec 2009
BrightonDuke of York's PicturehouseFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
DundeeDundee Contemporary ArtsFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
AberdeenBelmontFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
SouthamptonHarbour Lights PicturehouseFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
OxfordPhoenix OxfordFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LondonGreenwich PicturehouseFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
Newcastle upon TyneTyneside CinemaFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LiverpoolPicturehouse at FACT LiverpoolFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
LondonScreen on the GreenFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
DublinIrish Film InstituteFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
BathLittle TheatreFri 18 - Thu 24 Dec 2009
GlasgowGlasgow Film TheatreSun 27 - Wed 30 Dec 2009
CoventryWarwick Arts CentreSat 2 - Sun 3 Jan 2010
ManchesterCornerhouse CinemaFri 8 - Thu 14 Jan 2010
InvernessEden CourtSat 9 - Mon 11 Jan 2010
BerkhamsteadRex BerkhamsteadSat 9 - Mon 11 Jan 2010

Contact your nearest cinema for the exact dates, times & for tickets. Do try to see it, it really is stunning. If it's not showing at a cinema near you, ask them why they aren't showing it. It's worth travelling some distance to see it.

See the full list of tour dates at the Park Cinema site. They're handling the distribution in the British Isles.


8 December
Patrick Curren tells us:

For anyone who lives in the L.A. area and can get away to an early show, The Red Shoes is playing Tuesday, 8 December at 3 p.m.:

Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica 90401

I am almost entirely certain this is not the recently-restored version, though I have emailed the appropriate person to ask, and will report further if it is.

See their web site for details and tickets


6 - 22 December

The Chapter in Cardiff is having a mini-season of P&P films titled "Matters of Life and Death: Powell and Pressburger"

"Celebrating the pure genius of the British filmmaking partnership of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, we.ve brought together a selection of some of their finest films as a precursor to our screenings of The Red Shoes which will follow later in the year."

Film Date Time Location
Black Narcissus (1947) 6 December 17:00 Cinema 2
Black Narcissus (1947) 8 December 14:30 Cinema 1
A Canterbury Tale (1944) 8 December 18:00 Cinema 2
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 13 December 17:00 Cinema 2
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 15 December 14:30 Cinema 1
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) 20 December 17:00 Cinema 2
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) 22 December 14:30 Cinema 1

See their web site for details and tickets


3 December
Richard Layne tells us:

Martin Scorcese is appearing in person at the NFT on 3rd December, in conversation with his new favourite film director Celina Murga.


2 December
Richard Layne tells us:

Sally Potter is in conversation with Tilda Swinton on 2nd December at the NFT: also showing is her documentary "Tears, Laughter, Fear and Rage" which features Michael Powell, among others.


26 November 2009 - 31 January 2010

The BFI are running an exhibition of artwork from The Red Shoes to go with their screening of the restored film from 11th to 30th December.

It szeems that the exhibition will mainly be showing the designs by Hein Heckroth and Ivor Beddoes for the film as a whole and particularly for the ballet.

See article in The Guardian

Nathalie Morris of the BFI adds:
As you know, the exhibition opened on Thursday and is showing a variety of scripts, letters, production designs and other items including a pair of the red shoes as worn by Moira Shearer, wallpaper designed by Hein Heckroth and a souvenir silk scarf (all generously loaned by Martin Scorsese). Moira Shearer's daughter has also kindly lent us two items - a beautiful card hand-painted by Heckroth and signed by cast and crew (Michael Powell has inscribed it 'put on the red shoes, Moira, and dance for us again' and a book of Walter de la Mare's love poems given to Shearer by Marius Goring. Goring has inscribed this 'To Vicky' and with love from 'Julian'.

Here's a link to some photos from the installation, including a lovely one of Rachel (Moira's daughter) holding the shoes.


22 November

The Foyle Film Festival (20 - 28 November 2009) is using an image from The Red Shoes on their brochures & web site and the film is showing at the Orchard Cinema at 2pm on 22 November

Orchard Hall Cinema
Saint Columb's Hall
Orchard Street
(London)Derry
T: +44 (0)28 71262845

See the Festival web site for details and tickets.


19 November
Andrew Smaje tells us:

Recently announced, this Bath Film Festival screening of The Red Shoes (digitally restored print) is on Thu 19 November at 8.10pm, Little Theatre Cinema, Bath. Thelma is a patron of the festival so will be there to introduce and also to talk after the film.

Which is wonderful news.

Except for me, I have work commitments that evening so will - darn it - have to miss this event taking place no more than 50 yards away from where I'll have to be all evening. Dang and blast.

See their web site for details and tickets


15 November
Barbara Siek tell us:

Tilda Swinton will be honoured in Houston at the Cinema Arts Festival,11-15 Nov. and will present The Red Shoes on 15th Nov.

The Worlds of Tilda Swinton showcases four cinematic works by the talented actress, producer, director and writer.

Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton will make several appearances at the 2009 Cinema Arts Festival Houston in celebration of her many artistic achievements as an actress, producer and writer, as well as her passionate commitment to the cinematic arts. The Worlds of Tilda Swinton is a series of events that includes three screenings of Swinton's films: Derek, Teknolust and a special sneak preview of her latest independent feature. On closing night of the Festival, in conjunction with Swinton's 8 ½ Foundation, Swinton will introduce an outdoor screening of The Red Shoes in Discovery Green, Houston's downtown park, preceded by a live performance by the Houston Ballet.

See their web site for details and tickets.


11 November
Julie Ede tells us:

Just thought that I would let you know, that The Edge of the World is showing, on Weds 11th Nov at the Electric Palace cinema in Hastings.

Maybe there are some P & P fans in my area of East Sussex who would like to know about this showing?

See their web site for details and tickets.


6 - 19 November

The Red Shoes is being shown at the Film Forum, the non-profit cinema located in New York City.

See their web site for details and tickets

"Before The Red Shoes, there were films with dance numbers. After it, there was a new medium which combined dance, design, and music in a dreamlike spectacle... Like Diaghilev's .Rite of Spring,' it marked a triumph of artistic collaboration and has since become a benchmark of modernity. At a time when .realism' was the fetish of so many filmmakers and critics throughout the world, this was a bold gamble... a stunning demonstration of cinema's claim to have united the traditional arts in a new synthesis."
- Ian Christie

"Why do you want to dance?" "Why do you want to live?" Anton Walbrook's Lermontov is not interested when red-tressed Moira Shearer desperately wants to join his troupe - but then he sees her dance. And then the Red Shoes ballet, based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of shoes that dance the wearer to death, will be her triumph. But when she finds romance with composer Marius Goring, it's the eternal battle between Life and Art. Perhaps the greatest triumph of triply-credited (producers, writers, directors) "The Archers" - aka Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger - following their successive smashes A Matter of Life and Death and Black Narcissus, Powell agreed to film Pressburger's decade-old script if they could create an original ballet from scratch and cast an actual ballerina in the lead - and then their discovery, 21-year-old non-actress Shearer, took almost a year to make up her mind. With Léonide Massine (actual Ballets Russes choreographer and Nijinsky's successor as chief soloist) as the troupe's maître de ballet, and also dancing the role of The Shoemaker; and Sir-to-be Robert Helpmann choreographing everyone else, the 17-minute ballet is a tour de force, its Oscar-winning score produced in record time by Brian Easdale when a predecessor's attempt was rejected in toto. Shoes would run 110 straight weeks in New York alone; but in recent years, while relatively decent prints have been in circulation, none have come close to the brilliance of Jack Cardiff's legendary original Technicolor photography. UCLA's Robert Gitt and team have gone back to the damaged original nitrate materials, including the still-extant three-strip camera negs; his digital restoration led to a negative used to strike this breathtaking new 35mm print.

1:00, 3:45, 7:00*, 9:35
No 7:00 or 9:35 shows on Monday, November 16

*Thelma Schoonmaker, wife of the late Michael Powell, will introduce the 7:00 screening on Friday, November 6


31 October & 5 November
Kevin Powell tells us:

Lorna and I are off to Canberra Saturday to present the first screening of a new restoration print (of The Red Shoes) in the new 250 Arc cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive. Start of the Canberra Film Festival was on Thursday so we are a few days in, also screens at a matinee next Thursday.

Then the print goes back to Chapel and it starts a limited distribution release in Australia.

See Arc Cinema for details and tickets.

31 October at 4:30pm
5 November at 2pm


20 October

I Know Where I'm Going! is being shown at Eden Court at 19:30

I Know Where I'm Going!
Tuesday, 20 October at 19:30
La Scala Cinema
Eden Court
Bishops Road
Inverness
IV3 5SA
01463 234234
See their web site for details and tickets


20 October
Andrew Margulies tells us:

Black Narcissus is being shown at the Prince Charles Cinema, just off Leicester Square at 8:45 pm

See their web site for details and tickets


18 October

Peeping Tom is being shown at the Star and Shadow Cinema at 19:30

Peeping Tom
Sunday, 18 October at 19:30
Star and Shadow Cinema
Stepney Bank
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 2NP
0191 261 0066
See their web site for details and tickets


18 October

The Red Shoes is being shown at the Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto at 4pm

This is the digitally restored print. They say:
Drop everything to see this splendid Technicolor restoration - recently presented as a gala at both the Cannes and Bologna film festivals . of the film Martin Scorsese has chosen as one of the five greatest in the history of cinema. Raymond Durgnat wrote that its final ballet is "the peak of cinema;" and even Seijun Suzuki (!) has it on his list of ten greatest films. No matter how many times you have seen The Red Shoes . its devotees are hard core recidivists . the film demands another viewing, especially in a print as deluxe as tonight.s. (Brian de Palma claims he decided to become a film director after seeing, not Peeping Tom as one might expect, but The Red Shoes. And Martin Scorsese had a Cossack shirt made in the style of Lermentov.s, so taken was he with the "cruelty and beauty of his character.") Moira Shearer is the young ballerina whose dedication to her art, as in the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the title, leads to tragedy. Anton Walbrook is the ruthless impresario Lermentov who discovers the ballerina and then drives her to life-threatening extremes. (Powell wrote in his memoirs: "When it came to ... that devil Lermentov, there was no question in our minds who should play him, and give a performance filled with passion, integrity and, yes, with homosexuality.") Exquisitely designed, danced and acted, The Red Shoes is one of cinema.s most beloved classics. Bring enough tissues to share with your neighbour.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with The British Film Institute, The Film Foundation, ITV Global Entertainment Ltd., and Janus Films, with funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation, and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation.

See their web site for details and tickets


11 October

The Thief of Bagdad is being shown at the cinema club at BAM, Brooklyn Academy of Music.

It's being shown as a part of their Hungarians in Hollywood series. They say:
One of the most spectacular films ever created, this wildly imaginative, riotously colorful retelling of A Thousand and One Nights was a collaboration between a host of Hungarians, among them producer Alexander Korda, writer Lajos Biró, art director Vincent Korda (who won an Academy Award for his work), and composer Miklós Rózsa. The result is a sumptuous Technicolor feast of storybook imagery.

See their web site for details and tickets


10 October

The Lion Has Wings is being shown at the Imperial War Museum, London at 11:00 and 13:30.

See their web site for details and tickets


6 October

Black Narcissus is being shown at the Klein Hall theatre in Albright College in Reading (PA, not Berkshire) at 7:30pm

See their web site for details and tickets.


4 October

A Matter of Life and Death is being shown at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham at 14:30

See their web site for details and tickets


2 October
Catriona Wright tells us:

Hi Steve,

I came across your comprehensive list of news about Powell and Pressburger 'news' and releases. I thought you might want to know that the Jersey based Branchage film festival (www.branchagefilmfestival.com - site to come live in the following week) is putting on a screening of I Know Where I'm Going on 2nd October in St. Helier's Town Hall. We thought that this was an interesting film to show in Jersey in light of its observations of island community life in contrast with the the rich world of industrialist socialites personified by Bellinger!

The Branchage film festival specialises in showing films in interesting locations, and hope to be thought provoking as well as simply showing a much-loved P&P classic on the big screen.

See their web site for details and tickets


1 October

The Red Shoes is being shown at the SF Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) at 7pm

See their web site for details and tickets.
They say "new 35mm print" so that could be the Scorsese restoration


1 October

Black Narcissus is being shown at the Phoenix, East Finchley at 11am

See their web site for details and tickets


29 September
Andrew Margulies tells us:

A Matter of Life and Death is being shown at the Prince Charles Cinema, just off Leicester Square at 8:45 pm

See their web site for details and tickets


21 September
Simon Turner tells us:

Peeping Tom will be showing on Monday (21st) at 10pm at the Kriterion cinema, Amsterdam as part of their 'Moderne Klassiekers' series.

See their web site for details and tickets


19-22 September

Date Time Event
Sat 19 Sep 13:15 The Red Shoes
Sun 20 Sep 13:15 Black Narcissus
Mon 21 Sep 15:45 A Matter of Life and Death
Tue 22 Sep 15:15 The Red Shoes
Tue 22 Sep 18:30 Painter with Light

That last event is a special Festival tribute to the late Jack Cardiff which reveals the influences behind Cardiff's stunning, Oscar-winning cinematography (for Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus) and, with clips from some of his greatest films, explores the work that made Jack's name synonymous with Technicolor photography. The evening is presented by Ian Christie, Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck University of London, co-founder of the international review Film Studies and author of several books on cinema, including Arrows of Desire: The Films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
38-39 St Andrew's Street
Cambridge
CB2 3AR

Showing as a part of the Cambridge Film Festival
See their web site for details and tickets


19 September

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

Lakewood Public Library at 18:00
15425 Detroit Ave.
(216) 226-8275, Ext. 130.

See their web site for details and tickets


19 September
Nicky Smith tells us:

The Imperial War Museum's September season is devoted to 1939 and includes a couple of showings of The Spy in Black.

Warning to anyone planning to see Gone with the Wind - the seats are very uncomfortable.

See their September programme (PDF) for details and tickets


15 September

University at Buffalo. The State University of New York

The fall lineup for the Buffalo Film Seminars ranges from a 1972 Russian science fiction movie that brings into question the nature of reality to a 1955 French heist film that includes a near-silent, half-hour scene portraying the burglary of a jewelry shop in such incredible detail that the movie was reportedly banned briefly by French authorities.
...
The sessions, which are open to the public, will be held in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main Street in downtown Buffalo. Students registered for the class are admitted free. Anyone else can participate by purchasing a ticket at the regular Market Arcade prices. Free parking will be available in the lighted and fenced M&T lot across Washington Street. The theater is a short walk from the Metro Rail.s Theater station.
...
Sept. 15: Black Narcissus (1947), directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. In this psychological drama, nuns establishing a convent in the Himalayas end up battling their own demons as they struggle with the sexuality that their remote location and an attractive local British government agent awaken.

See their web site for details and tickets


14 - 15 September

As a part of their British Noir season the Castro Theatre in San Francisco is screening Peeping Tom.
On the 14th they're showing it with It Always Rains on Sunday.
On the 15th they're showing it with The Fallen Idol

See their web site for details and tickets


13 September

If anyone's anywhere close to Miskolc, Hungary in September, do call in on CineFest: The Miskolc International Film Festival. They are doing a special workshop about Emeric Pressburger and some of the other Hungarians from that area that did so much to help make British films so good in that period between the wars

It's all part of their campaign to get the "Son of Miskolc" better known in the region he came from

    Steve

A British Gentleman from Miskolc
A workshop about the Oscar winning screenwriter, Emeric Pressburger
Sunday, September 13, 11 am

It's a lesser known fact that Hungary (or more precisely the city of Miskolc and its surroundings, Borsod county) is the birthplace of several moguls of the Hollywood cinema. The founder of Paramount Pictures, Adolph Zukor was born in Ricse, about 35 miles from Miskolc. Another studio founder, William Fox, was born as Vilmos Friedman in Tolcsva in the heart of the renowned Tokaj wine region that is also just a few miles from Miskolc. He created Fox Film Corporation, and his name lives in the namesake of 20th Century-Fox, one of the world's greatest movie studios.

Imre Pressburger, or Emeric Pressburger was born in Miskolc. He is known for his co-operation with director Michael Powell. The credit 'Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger' appeared in about ten movies, including some of the greatest British classics of all times. Academy Award winner Pressburger wrote 49th Parallel, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Red Shoes, A Canterbury Tale etc. Eminent director Kevin Macdonald (he directed some later The Last King of Scotland and State of Play, starring Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe) made a profile to the memory of his grandfather Emeric, titled The Making of an Englishman in 1994.

In September 2009 CineFest in association with movie magazine Filmvilág is going to organize a workshop to commemorate Miskolc's great son.


6 September

The Red Shoes (1948)

Richmond Filmhouse
3 Water Lane
Richmond
London
TW9 1TJ

See their web site for details and tickets


6 September
Simon Turner tells us:

On Sunday 6th September, the Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, will screen the newly restored print of The Red Shoes. It'll be at the Overhoeks location across the water behind Centraal Station by ferry, at 20.30. Tickets will be available at Overhoeks from 19.30.

See you there!

See the Filmmuseum site for general information


5 September

Peeping Tom

The Screen At Hay
Hay Parish Hall
Lion Street
Hay-on-Wye
Powys
HR3 5AB

See their web site for details and tickets


2 September

A Matter of Life and Death

MacRoberts Arts Centre
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA

See their web site for details and tickets


2 - 3 September

Peeping Tom (1960)
Multiple screenings, see their web site
Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, NYC, NY

Showing as part of their Brit Noir season.
See their web site for details and tickets


30 - 31 August

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Belmont Picturehouse
49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1JS

See their web site for details and tickets


30 August 2009

The annual A Canterbury Tale location walk will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2009 at Chilham (aka 'Chillingbourne')


9 August

The Small Back Room (1949)
At 3:30 and 7:30
Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, NYC, NY

Showing as part of their Brit Noir season.
See their web site for details and tickets


8 August

Travelling cinema The Screen Machine will be visiting Nairn on 8th August and will be showing A Canterbury Tale

See web site for details and tickets.
The venue for the Screen Machine 2 in Nairn is to be confirmed.


Until 8 August
Andrew Smaje tells us:

I was delighted to see, whilst lazily strolling along Bow Street last week, that the Royal Opera House has a Robert Helpmann exhibition on until 8 August.

The exhibition is in its public spaces and is free. There are costumes worn by Helpmann, Margot Fonteyn and Frederick Ashton from the late 40s and 50s, and lots of wonderful photographs from various productions, mostly in startling black-and-white.

Plus, and here's the treat for us, original posters from The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffmann.

The exhibition is spread over several floors, best accessed from the Bow Street entrance, although there's a mini-display on the Piazza side. It'll take a good 40 minutes to see it all, although you could skim the texts and do it in 20 mins.

Make sure you pick up a free exhibition guide (to help you round the various bits of the building where the costumes and pics are), which folds out into a poster of Helpmann and Fonteyn.

Best wishes
Andrew


8 August
Barbara Siek tells us:

Forthcoming as part of The National Gallery, London, film season "Souls Sown in Soil," headlined by a still from IKWIG:

Sat. 25th July, 2:30 pm, IKWIG
Sat. 8th August, 2:30 pm, EotW

A short film will be shown before each feature, rarely seen classics and new work in film animation.

See their web site for details and tickets.


3 August

Travelling cinema The Screen Machine will be visiting Fort Augustus at the bottom end of Loch Ness on Tuesday 3rd August and will be showing A Canterbury Tale

See web site for details and tickets


2 August

The 18th St George Bank Brisbane International Film Festival is showing Age of Consent (1969) on Sunday 2 August at 11am at the GoMA (Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art), Cinema A

See their web site for details & tickets


31 July - 2 August
Jeremy Arnold tells us:

This was in today's Los Angeles Times. Anyone who plans to go would be advised to get their tickets ASAP!

From the Los Angeles Times
Restored 'Red Shoes' to show at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater
The Film & Television Archive spent more than two years on the 1948 film's restoration.
By Kenneth Turan

After a triumphant world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the North American debut of the newly restored version of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's beloved "The Red Shoes" will take place at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater in the Hammer Museum in Westwood. Which is only fitting, because it was the UCLA Film & Television Archive that did the restoration.

Robert Gitt, UCLA's preservation officer, who spent 2 1/2 years supervising the restoration, will introduce the film at the first Billy Wilder screening at 7:30 p.m. July 31. The film will also screen at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 2.

Starring Moira Shearer as a star-crossed ballerina and inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the deadly power of a pair of enchanted ballet slippers, "The Red Shoes" was a huge success when it was released in 1948, garnering five Oscar nominations. That triumph came both from its position as a film that passionately celebrated creativity as well as the gorgeous color photography of cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

The UCLA restoration does full justice to what has to be one of the most exquisite color films ever made.

Advance tickets are $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu.


26 July

American Cinemateque at the Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles

Black Narcissus
Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 pm

Art Directors Guild Screening . Designing for Three-Strip Technicolor

Production designer, Alfred Junge (1886 -1964) began his career in film at Berlin's UFA studios, working there as an art director from 1920 until 1926. As head of the new Gaumont British art department, where he presided over a large staff of art directors and craftsmen who worked on several films at one time, he was considered Britain's first real supervising art director. He worked with Powell and Pressburger on eight pictures, the last being Black Narcissus. The striking Himalayan sets earned Junge the Oscar for Best Art Direction.

Black Narcissus, 1947, MGM Repertory, 99 min. Written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, this exquisite (and surprisingly erotic) drama of spiritual devotion and earthly temptation stars the luminous Deborah Kerr as a nun nearly overwhelmed by the physical beauty of her new Himalayan home, and the worldly charms of rugged David Farrar. Widely hailed as one of the most visually stunning films ever made (courtesy of d.p. Jack Cardiff.s Oscar-winning cinematography). Co-starring Sabu, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson. "Color, sex, exotic locations - it was a big hit in austerity-stricken England!" - Michael Powell. Discussion following the film with director of photography John Hora, ASC, visual effects designer and artist Harrison Ellenshaw and moderated by production designer Tom Walsh.

Steve's note: Harrison Ellenshaw is the son of Peter Ellenshaw who in turn worked with W. Percy "Poppa" Day to produce the special effects for BN. I believe it was Peter who painted the matte for that vertiginous drop below the bell tower. Peter went on to work for Disney on films like The Black Hole (with Harrison).

Harrison (also confusingly born Peter Ellenshaw) followed his father into the visual effects business working at Disney and Industrial Light and Magic on such innovative films as TRON, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back

See their web site for details and tickets


25 July
Barbara Siek tells us:

Forthcoming as part of The National Gallery, London, film season "Souls Sown in Soil," headlined by a still from IKWIG:

Sat. 25th July, 2:30 pm, IKWIG
Sat. 8th August, 2:30 pm, EotW

A short film will be shown before each feature, rarely seen classics and new work in film animation.

See their web site for details and tickets.


21 July

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Gone to Earth (1950)

Tuesday 21st July at 20:00

Sun and Doves
61-63 Coldharbour Lane
Camberwell
London
SE5 9NS

See their web site for details and tickets


18 July
Tracey Brown tells us:

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) are showing
Age of Consent (1969)
Saturday, July 18 at 9:45 pm

Powell and Mason, who was himself an accomplished painter and caricaturist, joined forces on this story of an aging painter who retreats to an island off Australia to replenish his creative juices. His muse and lover appears in the form of a young, voluptuous, and frequently nude Helen Mirren in her first major film. "A lovely erotic and idyllic comedy." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader.

Restored 35mm print courtesy Sony Archive.
Showing as part of a season of James Mason films

See their web site for details and tickets


14 July

Black Narcissus (1947)

Tuesday 14 July at 20:00

Sun and Doves
61-63 Coldharbour Lane
Camberwell
London
SE5 9NS

See their web site for details and tickets


13 July

The Red Shoes (1948)
13th July at 13:00

Greenwich Picturehouse
180 Greenwich High Road
Greenwich
London
SE10 8NN

See their web site for details and tickets


12 July

Black Narcissus is being shown at the Gulbenkian Cinema in the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Sunday 12th July at 14:50

Showing in tribute to the late, great Jack Cardiff, this is simply one of the most visually ravishing films ever made in colour. Shot entirely on sets in Pinewood, it reveals an isolated Himalayan convent where the nuns are driven mad by the sensuality of their surroundings.
New 35mm print.

Please note: the new, restored version of The Red Shoes will be released in December.

See their web site for details and tickets


28 June

A Matter of Life and Death and The Red Shoes

Showing at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
14:00 The Red Shoes
16:35 A Matter of Life and Death

See their web site for details and tickets


27 June
Richard Layne tells us:

The Hungarian Cultural Centre and the ICA present a special screening in honour of the Korda family. In this lavish 1940s fantasy adventure Prince Ahmad is the rightful King of Bagdad but he has been blinded and cast out as a beggar. Now a captive of the wicked Grand Vizier Jaffar he is cast into a dungeon where he meets Abu, the best thief in all Bagdad. Together they escape and set about a series of adventures that involve a Djinni in a bottle, a mechanical flying horse, an all-seeing magic jewel, a flying carpet and a beautiful princess.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with David Korda, patron of Check the Gate Hungarian Film showcase in London and son of Zoltán Korda (co-director of The Thief of Bagdad, and director of Jungle Book (1942)). Mr Korda will be in conversation with Charles Drazin, author of the definitive biography of Zoltán's brother, Sir Alexander Korda.

Dir Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, UK 1940

See their web site for details and tickets


26-27 June
Patrick Curren tells us:

This is an email I received from the New Beverly Cinema:

We'll be screening a Powell/Pressburger double bill of A Matter of Life and Death and The Red Shoes on June 26-27 in tribute to cinematographer/director Jack Cardiff.

Friday, June 26; AMOLAD - 7:30 PM, TRS - 9:35 PM
Saturday, June 27; AMOLAD - 2:50 PM & 7:30 PM, TRS - 4:55 & 9:35 PM

I may book some additional films of theirs later in the summer. I know Black Narcissus will be playing locally in July. The problem with some of the other less famous titles is that they don't always have U.S. distributors as far as I'm aware, just British ones.

Thanks!

Michael Torgan, Manager
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
newbeverlycinema@mac.com


24 June

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

The Central Theatre, Chatham, Kent
Wednesday 24th June 19:30

They're also showing In Which We Serve, Carve Her Name With Pride and Battle of Britain as a British Armed Forces Veterans' Film Festival. Quite appropriate for a town that held an old Naval dockyard and has a fine military tradition.

Full details are in their summer programme (PDF)


22 - 23 June

Black Narcissus (1947)

The Showroom in Sheffield
Monday 22nd June 18:30
Tuesday 23rd June 18:30

See their web site for details and tickets


19 June
Barbara Siek tells us:

Scorsese on 19th June, TCM-US month of directors. In addition to his films: "Scorsese on Scorsese", 10:00 pm est. Director Martin Scorsese discusses his career and film clips in an interview.


19 June

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Special Screenings: Painting With Light
19 June, 12:00 at Cameo 1

In honour of the late Jack Cardiff (1914 - 2009) EIFF is proud to present a free screening of Craig McCall's documentary Painting With Light, which reveals the influences behind Jack's stunning, Oscar winning cinematography on the classic British film Black Narcissus. Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker Powell and actress Kathleen Byron (Sister Ruth) among others, explain the unique power and timeless allure of this masterpiece which brought him world-wide acclaim and propelled him to the top of his profession, making his name synonymous with Technicolor photography and widely recognised as the greatest cinematographer of all time.

The screening will be followed by a brief Q&A with Craig McCall.

See their web site for details and tickets


18 June

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Special Screenings: The Red Shoes and Digital Restoration: Panel Discussion
18 June, 16:00 at Filmhouse 1

Before and after: the magic behind making old films look like new.
Followed by The Red Shoes Screening.

Please note your ticket covers both the panel and the screening afterwards.
The panel is 90 minutes long and the film is 133 minutes long.

See their web site for details and tickets


10 June

I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
The Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem, Oregon
June 10th at 7pm

See their web site for details and tickets


9 June
Barbara Siek tells us:

TCM-US devotes the 9th of June to Michael Powell as part of its June tribute to directors.

Starting at 6am EST with IKWIG and in the following sequence until the last, Blimp, at 5:15pm when Fred Zimmerman takes over the screen.

06:00 I Know Where I'm Going!
07:45 The Edge of the World
09:00 A Canterbury Tale
11:15 Night Ambush (aka Ill Met by Moonlight)
13:00 A Matter of Life and Death
15:00 The Tales of Hoffmann
17:15 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp


8 & 9 June

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Showroom in Sheffield
Monday 8th June 17:55
Tuesday 9th June 20:35

See their web site for details and tickets


29 & 31 May

Black Narcissus (1947)

ICA: Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London
Friday 29 May at 1:30pm & Sunday 31 May at 4:30pm

See their web site for details & tickets


26 May

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, Shropshire
Tuesday 26 May
A matinee at 2pm and a main showing at 7:30

See their web site for details and tickets


24 & 30 May

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

ICA: Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London
Sunday 24 May at 1pm & Saturday 30 May at 4pm

See their web site for details & tickets


23 & 30 May

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

ICA: Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London
Saturday 23 May at 1pm & Saturday 30 May at 8pm

See their web site for details & tickets


17 May
Sibylle Nabel-Foster tells us:

Thanks to Bergen Festival I will be presenting Bluebeard's Castle at the Studentimpulser 2009 on Thursday evening May 7th 2009. I will show my own copy.

Introduction to the film Bluebeard's castle by Sibylle Nabel-Foster.
19.45 Bluebeard's castle (German movie, 1963)

See their web site for details and tickets


17 May
Andrew Smaje tells us:

Just to let you know that the Little Theatre Cinema in Bath will be screening The Red Shoes on Sunday 17 May. Time TBC, check their website nearer to the date.

See their web site for details and tickets

The screening is part of my Little/Ustinov series, where I select and introduce a film to complement the theatre programme at the Ustinov Theatre, part of Theatre Royal Bath.

The Red Shoes partners performances of Michael Morpugo's The Mozart Question on 23 & 24 May in the Ustinov. There's a half-price offer on theatre tickets for people who see The Red Shoes!!

Other films in the series include Mean Streets (23 June) and Midnight Cowboy (14 July).


15 May

The Red Shoes
Restored film to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival


10 May
Mark Fuller tells us:

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Plus discussion

Further to the talk of the Neuroscience and AMOLAD, there's a screening and talk/panel featuring Ian Christie in Bristol on this subject in May.

Bristol Festival of Ideas
One of the undoubted jewels of British cinema, this extravagant and extraordinary film stars David Niven as a downed pilot who must justify his continuing existence to a heavenly panel of judges having made the mistake of falling in love with an American girl (Kim Hunter) when he really should have been dead. Is his predicament the symptom of a damaged brain or cinematic fantasy? A Matter of Life and Death weaves these propositions together brilliantly and is currently attracting new admiration from neuroscientists; renowned author and neurologist Oliver Sacks has cited it as his favourite film. Professor Ian Christie, film writer, and Powell and Pressburger expert, will discuss these new perspectives.

See their web site for details and tickets


7 May

Black Narcissus

At the Electric Picture House
Market Street, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7AE
01453 844601

See their web site for details and tickets


4 May
Lou Volpe tells us:

Looking for something to do this Bank Holiday monday? Then how about the 3rd Dumfries Film Festival which is screening I Know Where I'm Going!

Be careful though as they warn it "Contains mild peril"......

See their web site for details and tickets.


28 April

Black Narcissus

At the Electric Picture House
Market Street, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7AE
01453 844601

See their web site for details and tickets


27 - 28 April
Nick Waller tells us:

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

A bit of advance info - Colonel Blimp will be on in Wells (Somerset) 27 and 28 April 2009. It's being shown by the Wells Film Society, a private club you have to be a member of - there's an annual membership fee. Future programme and other details here.

The society's films are shown on a monthly timetable at a commercial venue, the Wells Film Centre, a small three-screen cinema run as a family concern by a chap who's had decades in the cinema business and his six (count'em, six) daughters.

Although it is only little (it's in a former village-hall-cum-Scout-hut) it has one of the 238 screens - along with various Vues, Cineworlds, Odeons and UGCs and the likes of the Barbican, Glasgow Film Theatre, Tyneside Cinema etc - in the Film Council's Digital Screen Network programme, which put expensive digital projectors all over the place a year or two ago. Full list here.

Wells is where Edgar "Shaun of the Dead" Wright comes from and where he shot Hot Fuzz, so they had a little premiere at the Film Centre. Wright was at one time a projectionist there but was sacked, I see from this bit of history.

Nick


23 - 24 April
Tipu tells us:

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp on a double bill with the original Gaslight at Stanford Theater.

See their web site for details and tickets


18 - 20 April
Tipu tells us:

A Matter of Life and Death on a double bill with A Canterbury Tale at Stanford Theater.

See their web site for details and tickets


16 April
Caroline tells us:

I was checking out the Brattle Theater's schedule, lo an behold, spotted this.

The Red Shoes will be playing on Thursday April 16 2009 as part of the series Dance on film

See their web site for details and tickets.


4 April
Lou Volpe tells us:

Just found what looks to be an interesting night out at the Barbican which includes "Prelude to The 49th Parallel".

See their web site for details and tickets.


26 March
Natacha Thiéry tells us:

Black Narcissus will be shown at the Forum des images (in Paris) the 26th March, in a cycle named 'Desire'.

See their web site for details and tickets


23 - 31 March

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Black Narcissus
The Red Shoes

Towards the end of March, the Berlin Arsenal is showing 3 P&P films as a part of their Magical History Tour:
Date Time Film
23 March 19:00 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
26 March 19:00 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
27 March 19:30 Black Narcissus
28 March 19:00 The Red Shoes
30 March 19:00 The Red Shoes
31 March 19:00 Black Narcissus

See their web site for details and tickets


23 March
narabdela at BritMovie tells us:

Age of Consent

Showing at Bradford International Film Festival on Mon. 23 March at 13:30.

See their web site for details and tickets


22 March

Black Narcissus

Showing at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
Time: 18:00

See their web site for details and tickets


20 March
Jo Comino tells us:

Borderlines Film Festival is showing A Matter of Life and Death
Fri 20 March 8.00pm

It's a Ledbury Film Club screening at Ledbury Market Theatre, Herefordshire

See our website for details and tickets


19 March

Peeping Tom

Showing at the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
Time: 11:00
See their web site for details and tickets


19 March

A Matter of Life and Death

Showing at the Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold.
Time: 20:00
See their web site for details and tickets.


15 & 18 March

The Red Shoes

Showing at The Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
15 March 14:00
18 March 11:30 & 18:00
See their web site for details and tickets


14 March
David Collard tells us:

Peeping Tom

At the National Gallery on Saturday 14 March at 2.30pm

See their web site for details and tickets


11 March
Barbara Siek tells us:

A Matter of Life and Death
(aka STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN)
1946, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK, 104 min.

Forthcoming for US members, AMOLAD at the Gene Siskel Film Center, the 11th of March, as part of The First Transition: World Cinema in the 1940s. The banner heading for the page has a shot from AMOLAD, chosen over the other four movies in the sequence. A nice nod to the film.

With David Niven, Kim Hunter.
An RAF pilot (Niven) in the midst of a crash landing bonds with an American radio operator (Hunter); he is supposed to die, but divine mismanagement gives him a chance to plead his case before a celestial court.

Powell & Pressburger rank among cinema.s greatest colorists, and Alfred Junge. s heavenly set design is unsurpassed in its detail and imagination, so we are especially pleased to present this classic fantasy in an archival 35mm print, courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment. (MR)

See their web site for details and tickets.


9 March

A Matter of Life and Death

On Monday, March 9th, the Louth Film Club will be showing A Matter of Life and Death at the Playhouse Cinema, Cannon Street, Louth, Lincolnshire. It starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are £3 for members and normal cinema prices, £5 or £4, for non-members.

See their web site for details and tickets. Although they don't have the details of their current programme loaded yet!


5 March

I Know Where I'm Going!

On Thursday, March 5 at 18:30, IKWIG will be screened as the Movie of the Month at Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT

All FREE Screenings are on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the East Campus Forum Theater! The films begin with a brief lecture. There will also be an open discussion following each film.

See their web site for details


5 March

Peeping Tom
Rear Window
A pair of films about voyeurism

Showing at the Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold.
Time: 20:00

See their web site for details and tickets.


3 March

Age of Consent

Showing at the Christopher Smith Rafael Film Center, SF as a part of their Mostly British Film Series
Time: 19:30

See their web site for details and tickets


1 March

A Matter of Life and Death

Showing at The Everyman Cinema, Winchester as a part of their World Cinema Season and Sunday Classics.
Time: TBC

See their web site for details and tickets.


1 March

I Know Where I'm Going!

Showing at the Vogue Theatre, SF as a part of their Mostly British Film Series
Time: 16:00

See their web site for details and tickets


18 February

The Red Shoes

We could all use a little escapism these days, so it's quite convenient that not only is the Wednesday Evening Film Series grinding back into gear tonight, but also that the classic film component comes with the theme "Over the Rainbow: Enchantment, Fables, and Cautionary Tales."

The series is presented by Chemeketa Community College along with the Historic Elsinore Theatre, and includes six classic films and four silent films on Wednesdays through March 18.

Feb. 18: The Red Shoes 1948, Great Britain, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Each Wednesday Evening film will begin at 7 p.m.; tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Historic Elsinore Theater, 170 High St. SE. For more information, call (503) 375-3574.

See their web site for details and tickets


14 February

I Know Where I'm Going!

What better way to spend Valentine's Day with your beloved than to see IKWIG?

It's showing at the Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh on Saturday 14th February at 18:00

See their web site for details and tickets


14 February

A Matter of Life and Death

The Poly in Falmouth, Cornwall is showing AMOLAD on St Valentine's Day at 17:45

See their web site for details and tickets


14 - 15 February
Rich Belbin tells us:

A couple of showings coming up at the Sheffield Showroom in the next couple of weeks.

The Red Shoes is on on February 14 & 15 at 1.30.

See their web site for details and tickets.


11 - 12 February
Sibylle Nabel-Foster tells us:

The Seattle Opera presents Bartoks Opera together with Schönberg's 'Erwartung' in February-March 2009 and will show the Powell/Foster production Bluebeard's Castle at the Seattle SIFF on February 11th and 12th 2009!

See their web site for details and tickets

Most filmographies of legendary director Michael Powell conclude with Peeping Tom as his last great work, but a recent rediscovery brings us the revelation of Powell's 1964 rendering of Bela Bartok's only opera, Bluebeard's Castle, based on a libretto by Bela Balazs.

Made for German TV, Bluebeard, like other opulent Powell masterpieces (The Red Shoes, The Tales Of Hoffmann), features expressionistic sets by surrealist Hein Heckroth, and wildly effective cinematography that creates a hellish phantasmagoria - the backdrop for Bluebeard's grisly admissions to his wife about the fate of his previous seven wives.

The Seattle Opera Education staff will introduce the program and lead a sure-to-be fascinating post-screening discussion on this enigmatic look at the delight, the terror, and the impossibility of intimacy. In accordance with Powell's wishes, the English subtitles briefly describe and clarify the action, but don't translate the text.


2 - 3 February
Rich Belbin tells us:

A couple of showings coming up at the Sheffield Showroom in the next couple of weeks.

I Know Where I'm Going! is on this Monday (6.15) and Tuesday (8.30), as part of the 'Ever Fallen in Love...' season.

See their web site for details and tickets.


1 February

The Ritzy, Brixton is screening A Matter of Life and Death on Sunday morning at 11.

See their web site for details and tickets


23 January
Michael Eyers tells us:

A Matter of Life and Death
Friday, January 23 - 14:00
Hull Screen
University of Lincoln
George Street
Hull
HU1 3BW

See their web site for details and tickets.


22 January
Iain McGlashan tells us:

The Edge of the World

I am the Chairman of Woking's New Cinema Club and we screening The Edge of the World next Thursday 22nd January (it's the BFI DVD version).

It forms the second half of a Scottish double bill - it's our nearest screening night to Burns's birthday so we thought that it would an appropriate double bill!

Woking is in Surrey and is 30 minutes from Waterloo station and has a direct train service or it is some 15 minutes from the M25. We are in a large Village Hall with a fixed full sized screen and full dolby surround sound system (however we do not have cinema quality seats!). Admission costs £4 and it may be best to reserve a seat by contacting our Membership Secretary - Stephen Lock on (01483) 475745.

For more information on our Club, please visit our website

The first film next Thursday will begin at 8pm is Seachd - The Inaccessible Pinnacle. This was released in 2007 and is the first Gaelic film to be released nationally - we hope that it will be an appropriate partner for The Edge of the World.

The screening of The Edge of The World should begin at around 9.30pm and will end at 11pm.


January - June

A Michael Powell film every week for 6 months!
A film every week, first showing on Friday at 20:30 with other shceenings through the week and afterwards.
Showing on Classic Cinécinéma on French television
Michael Powell, inclassable "créateur de rêves"

These are all shown in English (the original sountracks) with French subtitles and without any advertising breaks.

16/01/09The Fire Raisers
23/01/09Red Ensign
30/01/09The Phantom Light
06/02/09A l'angle du monde (The Edge of the World)
13/02/09L'Espion noir (The Spy in Black)
20/02/09Le Lion a des ailes (The Lion Has Wings)
27/02/09Le Voleur de Bagdad (The Thief of Bagdad)
06/03/09Le 49ème parallèl (49th Parallel)
13/03/09Le Colonel Blimp (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)
20/03/09A Canterbury Tale
27/03/09Je sais où je vais (I Know Where I'm Going!)
03/04/09Une question de vie et de mort (A Matter of Life and Death)
10/04/09Le narcisse noir (Black Narcissus)
17/04/09Les chaussons rouges (The Red Shoes)
24/04/09The Small Back Room
01/05/09Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

More to follow...

Check the Classic Cinécinéma site for details and screening times. They've already moved a few from when they initially said they would be shown


7 January

The Red Shoes

Dance enchantment
Remember that scene in Mean Streets after the tough guys have ripped off a couple of punks and they go to the movies? It's possible that they went to see a ballerina flick. The Red Shoes is a favorite of Martin Scorsese, and that's not really as surprising as it sounds: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1948 classic is a stunning technical achievement, an affecting story, and a triumph of ballet on film. Moira Shearer stars as a dancer struggling to balance work and love against the background of a work inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's tale of magical slippers. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $9.50; $6.75 for seniors; students free. Call 610-527-4008.

The Red Shoes
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
7 January at 7pm

See their web site for details and tickets.


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