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Big screen classics

The timeless films we urge you to see.

Tickets for these screenings are only £8

August

  • Eyes Without a Face

    Eyes Without a Face

    Franju’s classic combines horror and cruelty as a guilt-ridden doctor seeks flesh for his daughter’s ruined face.

  • Gloria

    Gloria

    Gena Rowlands excels in Cassavetes’ gem about a tough-talking moll lumbered with a kid wanted by the Mob.

  • Gloria + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

    Gloria + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

    Gena Rowlands excels in Cassavetes’ gem about a tough-talking moll lumbered with a kid wanted by the Mob.

  • All About My Mother

    All About My Mother

    Almodóvar’s exhilaratingly inventive portrait of a woman seeking solace and meaning after the death of her son.

  • East of Eden

    East of Eden

    James Dean’s powerful presence ignites Kazan’s acclaimed adaptation of Steinbeck’s novel.

  • Unrelated

    Unrelated

    The bold, brilliant debut from the director of The Souvenir features an early performance from Tom Hiddleston.

  • Unrelated + intro by Dr Davina Quinlivan, Kingston University London

    Unrelated + intro by Dr Davina Quinlivan, Kingston University London

    The bold, brilliant debut from the director of The Souvenir features an early performance from Tom Hiddleston.

  • Mildred Pierce

    Mildred Pierce

    Joan Crawford’s on peak form in Curtiz’s classic noir-melodrama about a hard-working mother at odds with her daughter.

  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    Catherine Deneuve is eerily brilliant in Polanski’s psychological thriller about a shy young Belgian living in London.

  • Day of Wrath

    Day of Wrath

    Carl Dreyer’s masterpiece about superstition, sexual longing and barbaric cruelty in a Denmark devoted to ridding itself of witchcraft.

  • Day of Wrath + intro by Dr Claire Thomson, UCL

    Day of Wrath + intro by Dr Claire Thomson, UCL

    Carl Dreyer’s masterpiece about superstition, sexual longing and barbaric cruelty in a Denmark devoted to ridding itself of witchcraft.

  • Camille

    Camille

    Garbo is radiant as Marguerite Gautier in this elegant adaptation of Dumas’ much-loved story.

  • Camille + intro by artist and film scholar Cathy Lomax

    Camille + intro by artist and film scholar Cathy Lomax

    Garbo is radiant as Marguerite Gautier in this elegant adaptation of Dumas’ much-loved story.

  • L’Age d’or

    L’Age d’or

    Buñuel’s controversial surrealist classic about sexual desire oppressed by ‘civilised’ society.

  • White Dog

    White Dog

    Samuel Fuller’s powerful exploration of racism as conditioning centres on an animal trainer trying to ‘cure’ an attack dog.

  • Le Jour se lève

    Le Jour se lève

    Jean Gabin stars as a lovelorn foundry-worker undone by deceit, disappointment and jealousy.

September

  • The Green Ray

    The Green Ray

    Rohmer’s evocative portrait of a woman undecided about how to holiday – and how to find happiness.

  • The Green Ray + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

    The Green Ray + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

    Rohmer’s evocative portrait of a woman undecided about how to holiday – and how to find happiness.

  • The Bridges of Madison County

    The Bridges of Madison County

    Eastwood and Streep excel in a heart-rending love story; one of the great modern weepies.

  • Suddenly, Last Summer + intro by Simon McCallum, BFI National Archive Curator

    Suddenly, Last Summer + intro by Simon McCallum, BFI National Archive Curator

    Tennessee Williams’ heady melodrama is played brilliantly by Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Katharine Hepburn.

  • Suddenly, Last Summer

    Suddenly, Last Summer

    Tennessee Williams’ heady melodrama is played brilliantly by Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Katharine Hepburn.

  • Lust for Life

    Lust for Life

    Kirk Douglas is terrific as Vincent Van Gogh in this stirring drama that evokes the world of his paintings.

  • La Vérité

    La Vérité

    Clouzot’s corrosive portrait of ‘liberated’ life on the Left Bank in postwar Paris boasts Bardot’s best performance.

  • A Farewell to Arms

    A Farewell to Arms

    Probably still the best-filmed Hemingway, this is a rapturous romance set during the darkest days of WWI.

  • Summer with Monika

    Summer with Monika

    Sex, sea and sun in the Stockholm archipelago: a recipe for rebellious teen romance, Bergman-style.

  • The Chase

    The Chase

    Smalltown Texas in the early 60s, replete with inequality, injustice, rivalries, racism… and a cast to die for.

  • Miller’s Crossing

    Miller’s Crossing

    The Coens’ take on Prohibition gangster wars is remarkable for its wondrous labyrinthine complexity.

  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker

    Bigelow’s multi-award-winning movie about a US bomb disarmament squad in the Iraq War is tense, insightful and superbly acted.

  • The Trial

    The Trial

    Orson Welles’ woefully underrated Kafka adaptation sees a guilt-ridden man struggling to prove his innocence in an apocalyptic world.

  • The Night of the Hunter + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

    The Night of the Hunter + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

    Charles Laughton’s one-off directorial masterpiece is a powerful fable about good and evil, set in Depression-era America.

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    Charles Laughton’s one-off directorial masterpiece is a powerful fable about good and evil, set in Depression-era America.



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