Big screen classics

A collection of the best the big screen has to offer.

Tickets for these screenings are only £8

May-June

  • Man Hunt

    Man Hunt

    A loose adaptation of Geoffrey Household’s classic ‘Rogue Mail’, distinguished by Lang’s taut direction and fine expressionist camerawork.

  • The Killers

    The Killers

    Siodmak’s classic film noir about amour fou and inevitable betrayal, with Lan-caster and Gardner on top form.

  • The Killers

    The Killers + pre-recorded intro by Imogen Sara Smith, author of ‘In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City’

    Siodmak’s classic film noir about amour fou and inevitable betrayal, with Lan-caster and Gardner on top form.

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success

    Lancaster and Curtis locked together in Mackendrick’s masterly tale of toxic corruption in the media in 50s New York.

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil

    Welles’ brilliant, baroque noir mystery about a murder investigation in a nightmarish border town.

  • Le Doulos

    Le Doulos

    Questions of friendship and loyalty, deceit and betrayal lie at the dark heart of Melville’s labyrinthine thriller.

  • Le Doulos

    Le Doulos + pre-recorded intro by Professor Ginette Vincendeau, King’s College London

    Questions of friendship and loyalty, deceit and betrayal lie at the dark heart of Melville’s labyrinthine thriller.

  • Alice in the Cities

    Alice in the Cities

    Wenders’ touching, lyrical and witty odd-couple road-movie, lovingly shot by the late, great Robby Müller.

  • Bitter Victory

    Bitter Victory

    Richard Burton is at his very best in Ray’s superb, stunningly shot war-movie set in the Libyan desert.

  • The Man Who Wasn’t There

    The Man Who Wasn’t There

    Billy Bob Thornton is terrific in the Coens’ canny combination of crime movie and psychological study of extreme alienation.

  • Cleo from 5 to 7

    Cleo from 5 to 7

    Varda’s classic almost-real-time character study of a young woman wandering Paris as she awaits the results of a medical test.

  • The Big City

    The Big City

    Ray’s meticulously observed, gently satirical tale of a wife deciding to go out to work despite her family’s disapproval in ’50s Calcutta.

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    Welles’ ageless gem about the life and times of a media tycoon reveals further riches with each repeat viewing.

  • Persona

    Persona

    Bergman’s modernist masterpiece about a traumatised actress and a chatty nurse undergoing strange changes during an isolated convalescence.

  • Persona

    Persona + pre-recorded intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large

    Bergman’s modernist masterpiece about a traumatised actress and a chatty nurse undergoing strange changes during an isolated convalescence.

  • The Tango Lesson

    The Tango Lesson

    Part troubled love story, part terrific dance movie, Potter’s tale of a filmmaker fighting creative block is screened too rarely.

  • The Tango Lesson

    The Tango Lesson + pre-recorded intro by So Mayer, author of ‘The Cinema of Sally Potter’

    Part troubled love story, part terrific dance movie, Potter’s tale of a filmmaker fighting creative block is screened too rarely.

  • L’eclisse

    L’eclisse

    Vitti and Delon shine in Antonioni’s cool, subtly stylised account of a relationship floundering amid the distractions of modern life.

  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd star in Peter Bogdanovich’s beautiful evocation of a lost era.

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

    The Gospel According to Matthew

    Pasolini’s classic account of the life of Christ foregoes pomp and piety to present him as a political animal fighting social injustice.

  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Keaton’s brilliantly inventive comedy is set in a painstakingly created Southern riverside town, famously wrecked in the film’s extraordinary finale.

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    In Laughton’s masterpiece, Mitchum excels as a psychopathic preacher hunting down two children in a vividly recreated Depression America.

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter + pre-recorded intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large

    In Laughton’s masterpiece, Mitchum excels as a psychopathic preacher hunting down two children in a vividly recreated Depression America.

  • The White Ribbon

    The White Ribbon

    Haneke’s masterly portrait of life in a quiet north German village just before WW1 examines the education of a troubled and troubling generation.

  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    Lynch’s debut is a deeply eccentric, darkly comic, nightmarish fable about the perils of parenthood, desire and urban existence.

July