The misconception that, by definition, “art house” cinemas only ever screen dull but worthy movies, often in black and white and almost certainly with subtitles over the Scandinavian dialogue, is well and truly exploded next month by the David Lean Cinema, as its largely volunteer-run programme includes a bio-pic about the Beach Boys, a screwball comedy, a film based on a Guardian cartoon strip, the latest Pixar animation and Crystal Palace supporter Eddie Izzard’s latest big screen appearance, alongside Dustin Hoffman in The Choir.
The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaigners have even bowed to popular demand by deciding to screen again Mr Holmes, Ian McKellen’s take on Sherlock in his dotage which has played to two full houses at the purpose-built cinema in the Croydon Clocktower this month.
Love & Mercy, the story of Brian Wilson and his pop career with one of the biggest pop bands of the 1960s, looks like a particularly attractive choice.
But for hard-core art house cinema devotees, do not despair: there are three subtitled films this month, one of which is in black and white.
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- Tickets for all screenings are £7.50. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £6.
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David Lean Cinema September programme
Tue Sep 1 MR HOLMES (PG) (7.30pm)
2015 UK/USA 104min. Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Milo Parker
Returning to the David Lean due to exceptional public demand! In his 90s and long-retired from detective work, Sherlock Holmes keeps bees on the Sussex coast. Trying to write his memoirs, Holmes battles his failing memory to reflect on an unsolved case. With its novel perspective on a familiar, much-loved subject, Mr. Holmes is a rich and poignant character study.
Thu Sep 3 THE CHOIR (PG)
2015 USA 103min. Director: Francois Girard
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger, Kathy Bates
When 12-year-old Stet’s mother dies, his estranged father packs him off to an elite boarding school, the National Boychoir Academy. Stet’s talent as a singer and his father’s money ensures that he is allowed in, but can the young tearaway fit into this privileged environment and rebuild his family life?
As the choirmaster, Hoffman leads a distinguished adult cast, and the young cast members sing beautifully.
Tue Sep 8 L’ATALANTE (PG) (7.30pm)
1934 France 89min (subtitled). Director: Jean Vigo
Stars: Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Michel Simon
As part of the nationwide Scalarama programme, the David Lean is proud to present an early French classic on 35mm. Juliette (Parlo) marries barge captain Jean (Dasté) and they spend their honeymoon on his craft, L’Atalante. At once simple and delicate, yet also playful and surreal, this is a unique masterpiece with “unforgettable, dream-like images… more modern than anything being made today” (The Guardian).
Thu Sep 10 LOVE & MERCY (12A) (11am and 7.30pm)
2015 USA 121min. Director: Bill Pohlad
Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti
In the 1960s, Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson (Dano) strives to create visionary music (“Pet Sounds”, “Good Vibrations”) despite family resistance and failing mental health; in the 1980s, new girlfriend Melinda (Banks) attempts to rescue Wilson (now played by Cusack) from manipulative therapist Eugene Landy (Giamatti). As Love & Mercy’s creative script cuts nimbly between the two eras, Dano brilliantly portrays the younger Wilson’s frailty and talent (he can really sing, too), while Banks gently brings vitality to an almost saintly role. We’re also great fans of Giamatti’s toupee.
Tue Sep 15 INSIDE OUT (U) 5.15pm
2015 USA 94min. Directors: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Stars: Amy Poehler, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle Maclaughlan
The world of 11-year-old Riley is turned upside-down when she moves home – and we take the journey in the company of her emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.
With this novel, hilarious and moving animation, Pixar have returned to the trailblazing form that brought us Up, WALL·E and the Toy Story trilogy. “An instant classic” (The Independent).
Thu Sep 17 RUTH & ALEX (12A)
2015 USA 92min. Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon
Keaton and Freeman play a long-married couple who cherish their apartment but can no longer cope with it being – to quote the American title – 5 Floors Up. With lead performances that are “perfectly in sync” (New York Times), this is a gentle comedy-drama about the perils of the real estate market and the rewards of growing old together.
Sat Sep 19 INSIDE OUT (U) (2.30pm)
2015 USA 94 mins
Directors: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Stars: Amy Poehler, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle Maclaughlan
Tue Sep 22 EDEN (15) (7.30pm)
2015 France 131min (subtitled). Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Stars: Félix De Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne
Paris, 1992. “It was sort of happy, with a gentle melody. A kind of whistling. Tiny flutes…small sounds.” After discovering garage music at an underground party, teenager Paul lets his studies slide and forms a DJ duo. We follow Paul and his friends and lovers as his star rises and falls over the years to come, and he discovers the joy and pain of pursuing his dream. Eden is both a fine character study and, surely, the most realistic movie ever about clubbing life, with an outstanding soundtrack (Daft Punk, Frankie Knuckles and many, many more).
Thu Sep 24 GEMMA BOVERY (15)
2015 France/UK 99min (partially subtitled). Director: Anne Fontaine
Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Atherton, Jason Flemyng
Martin (Luchini), an ex-Parisian with a deep appreciation for Gustave Flaubert, has settled in a Normandy village as a baker. An English couple, Gemma (Arterton) and Charles Bovery (Flemyng), move into an old property across the road. As Martin engages with them, he observes that their actions, as well as their names, echo those of the leading characters in Flaubert’s 1856 masterpiece Madame Bovary.
Based on the comic strip and graphic novel by Posy Simmonds.
Tue Sep 29 MISTRESS AMERICA (15) (7.30pm)
2015 USA 84min. Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung
Tracy (Kirke) is a lonely and disillusioned college freshman – until she’s swept up in the whirlwind created by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke (Gerwig). Can Brooke’s adventurous spirit and crazy schemes conquer all? Reuniting Baumbach’s twin muses – Gerwig and New York City – after the wonderful Frances Ha, and “bristling with kinetic energy” (Variety), Mistress America is a long-overdue reinvention of screwball comedy.
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