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The All New Cinema Diet #10

The All New Cinema Diet #10

QUAD Cinema Programmer Adam Marsh brings you another seven days of fantastic film viewing options.

It’s a busy week here at QUAD with a mix of classic Robert Altman films, blockbusters, documentaries, films for toddlers and a classic children’s animation reinvented for a new generation. To supplement your QUAD choices we have a selection of films from the BBC iPlayer, All4 and a great selection of westerns from the Arrow Player (available with a free trial). 

See you at the movies! 

Adam J. Marsh

Day One – QUAD Cinema 

Nashville  

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“Robert Altman’s masterpiece set in country music’s capital as America approached its bicentennial is now widely recognised as the director’s magnum opus offering a sceptical commentary on modern America. Nashville follows a host of credibly colourful characters – musicians, agents, fans, journalists, politicians, locals – over five days in the city’s busy concert schedule. The narrative, seemingly chaotic as reality, is supremely subtle and complex in its interweaving of events, relationships, themes and moods: the tone is at once affectionate and scathing; the songs are musically spot-on; the film’s sheer scale, ambition, wit and intelligence are exhilarating. Beautifully performed, it’s one of the greatest films of the last 50 years – and one that could probably not get made now” – BFI 

Listen to the Cine-Lit podcast all about Robert Altman here - https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/CineLit36 

Check out more films in QUAD’s Robert Altman season here - https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/Altman 

The Long Goodbye 

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Robert Altman propels Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe character from his hard boiled 1940s origins to 1970s Hollywood (contemporary at the time of the film’s release). When private eye Philip Marlowe (Elliot Gould) is visited by an old friend, this sets in motion a series of events in which he is hired to search for a missing novelist (Sterling Hayden) and finds himself on the wrong side of vicious gangsters. An anachronism in the hedonistic ‘70s Gould shambling, cat obsessed Marlowe is magnetic in one of Altman’s best films. 

Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story 

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Lady Boss takes us on an immersive journey through the trailblazing life of Jackie Collins. Spinning together fact and fiction, this feature documentary tells the untold story of a ground-breaking author and her mission to build a one-woman literary empire. Narrated by a cast of Jackie’s closest friends and family, the film reveals the private struggles of a woman who became an icon of 1980s feminism whilst hiding her personal vulnerability behind a carefully crafted, powerful, public persona.  

The screening at 6:30pm on Thursday 22 July will be followed by a recorded Q&A panel, hosted by Mariella Frostrup with Director Laura Fairre, writers Yomi Adegoke, Daisy Buchanan and Julie Cohen. 

Day Two – QUAD 

Shorts For Wee Ones

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Featuring shorts from around the world, these magical films will delight children aged 3+ and are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience. There’s a little mouse quietly obsessed with cleanliness, a thrilling high-speed chase through the streets of a French port (on tricycles!) and a reindeer faced with endless avalanches that keep burying his little cabin in the woods. An adventurous tree emerges from the forest sporting a very fetching pair of wellies, a cartoon cat and dog erase their differences and some pitch-perfect piggies go the whole hog…

Deerskin 

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Georges (Jean Dujardin – The Artist), a 40-year old man who’s just been dumped by his wife, buys a $9,000 western-style suede fringed jacket from an elderly man living in the Alps. The man throws an old camcorder into the deal. This prompts Georges to tell the locals that he is in town working on a film. Denise (Adele Haenel – Portrait Of A Lady On Fire) decides to join him as he makes his mockumentary. Georges becomes increasingly obsessed with his jacket causing him to blow his savings on the film and go to some dark places in this oddball comedy.  

"Deerskin is a deliciously ridiculous farce played largely straight. This is a jacket you will feel the benefit of." ★★★★ - Empire Magazine 

Black Widow 

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In this Marvel universe prequel Scarlet Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) as she jumps into a new adventure that sees her confronted with her past. With Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz and possibly a final appearance from Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. 

Dogtanian And The Three Muskethounds

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Dogtanian is an ambitious young swordsman who dreams of joining the legendary Muskehounds. After proving his skill and earning their trust, he and the three Muskehounds must defend the King from the villainous Cardinal Richelieu’s secret plot to seize power. It’s one for all and all for one! Based on the beloved animated series and inspired by the novel by Alexandre Dumas, this new version is brought to the big screen by writer Doug Langdale (The Book Of Life). 

Day Three – BBC iPlayer 

The Duchess  

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Sumptuous historical drama starring Keira Knightley as eighteenth century aristocrat Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire, who was known for her glamorous and extravagant lifestyle. Married at a young age to the older Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes), Georgiana becomes a fashion icon and a shrewd political operator as well as a doting mother and darling of the common people. However, trapped in an unhappy triangle with her husband and his mistress, her search for love becomes increasingly desperate. When she begins a passionate affair with an ambitious young politician, the scandal causes bitter conflict with her already distant husband. 

The Limehouse Golem 

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Adapted from Peter Ackroyd's novel, the film follows Inspector John Kildare (Bill Nighy) as he investigates a series of brutal murders in Victorian East London. When the husband of famous music hall singer Elizabeth (Olivia Cooke) turns up dead, Kildare takes her in for questioning. However, suspecting that Elizabeth's husband was in fact the serial killer he had been hunting and that he poisoned himself to avoid capture, Kildare faces a race against time to uncover the truth and clear Elizabeth's name. 

Scott Of The Antarctic 

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A documentary-style dramatic depiction of the ill-fated 1911 expedition to the South Pole. Determined to lead the first expedition to reach the South Pole, naval officer Scott assembles a team to try to beat a Norwegian attempt. However, the conditions the men face in the Antarctic prove draining and disastrous. 

Liam Gallagher: As It Was 

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British documentary following the life and career of singer and songwriter Liam Gallagher. Following the disbanding of Oasis in 2009 and the turbulent relationship with his former bandmate and brother, Noel Gallagher, footage and interviews show highlights of Liam's life as he deals with media circuses and personal struggles and endeavours to step into the spotlight once again as part of his new project, Beady Eye, then eventually as a solo artist. 

Day Four – BBC iPlayer 

Wilde 

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Dramatisation of the fall from grace of author Oscar Wilde. Wilde (Stephen Fry) returns from a successful 1882 lecture tour of America to wed Constance Lloyd (Jennifer Ehle). However, he admits to himself that he is really attracted to men, and embarks on an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas (Jude Law), known as 'Bosie'. Although winning critical success with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', Wilde's homosexuality looks set to land him in hot water with strict Victorian society. 

Gravity 

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Dr. Ryan Stone (Oscar winner* Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Oscar winner* George Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the darkness. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go farther out into the terrifying expanse of space. 

Dunkirk 

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Christopher Nolan writes and directs this war drama that tells the story of the Dunkirk evacuation during the Second World War. In May 1940, in the early days of the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk after being pushed back by the German army during the Battle of France, prompting a massive rescue operation to evacuate them. As the evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, gets underway, the soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force holds a shrinking position as the Nazi's advance upon them. Meanwhile, civilian sailors back home are called upon to use whatever vessels they have to aid the rescue effort across the Channel and the Royal Air Force tries to defend the vulnerable troops on the ground from the skies. 

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars 

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Lili Fini Zanuck directs this documentary which charts the life and career of renowned rock and blues guitarist Eric Clapton. Considered by many to be one of the most influential rock musicians of his era, Clapton gained success with bands such as The Yardbirds and Cream in a career which has spanned five decades. The film features archive footage, interviews with Clapton himself and contributions from fellow musicians including George Harrison, Steve Winwood and John Mayall. 

Day Five – All4 

Feedback 

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Jarvis Dolan (Eddie Marsan) is the star journalist of a successful London late-night radio show. He plans to reveal evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit process on his program. When two armed men burst into the studio, he is forced to continue with the live program and follow the script of the assailants, without ever revealing that he is in danger. Jarvis Dolan's night soon becomes a nightmare. 

Catch Me If You Can 

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks star in this crime-caper by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of Frank W. Abagnale Junior. As a teenager, Abagnale (DiCaprio) discovers he has a talent for impersonating officials, beginning with posing as a substitute teacher. Finding solace in his new gift - his mother leaves his father (Christopher Walken) after she discovers he is heavily in debt to the IRS - Abagnale goes on to impersonate airline pilots, doctors and even a lawyer, whilst also managing to con banks out of over $2 million. However, his escapades soon attract the interest of FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Hanks) who seems to be always one step behind. That is until Abagnale decides to settle down and discovers that his future father-in-law (Martin Sheen) is the D.A of New Orleans. The real Abagnale appears in a cameo and, after serving time in prison, now works as a consultant for preventing forgery and fraud. 

Beast 

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Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn star in this British drama written and directed by Michael Pearce. Set in Jersey, the film follows Moll (Buckley), a young girl haunted by events from her past who strikes up a relationship with mysterious poacher Pascal (Flynn). However, when a number of young girls are murdered, the police soon turn their attention to Pascal, leaving Moll facing some big decisions as she goes against the wishes of her family to stand by her man. 

Naked  

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Mike Leigh's violent and disturbing look at the milieu inhabited by London's homeless. David Thewlis is the motor-mouthed protagonist; bitter, cynical and on the run from Manchester after raping a woman. He arrives in London, shacking up with his ex-girlfriend and her gothic flatmate, before drifting onto the streets - undergoing a series of encounters which convince him of the spiritual emptiness of modern life. As with many of Leigh's films, the dialogue was often improvised by the cast. 

Day Six – Arrow Player – Vengeance Trails 

Massacre Time 

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Franco Nero (Django) and George Hilton (The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail), two of Italian cult cinema’s toughest leading men, team up in this explosive, revenge-soaked western from the Godfather of Gore himself, director Lucio Fulci (Four of the Apocalypse, Zombie Flesh Eaters)! Nero stars as Tom Corbett, a gold prospector summoned back to his hometown to discover it languishing in the grip of powerful business magnate Jason Scott (Giuseppe Addobbati, The Conformist) and his sadistic son Junior (Nino Castelnuovo, Strip Nude for Your Killer), who’ve seized control in his absence. Teaming up with his drunken brother Jeff (Hilton), Tom resolves to bring down the Scotts and restore peace to the troubled township. With a sharply cynical script by Fernando Di Leo (Milano Calibro 9), and with flashes of the penchant for savage violence that would define Fulci’s later career, Massacre Time ranks among the most misanthropic examples of the genre – a dark, stylish western featuring a star-making turn from Hilton and cementing Nero, fresh from his success in Django, as one of the most bankable gunslingers in the business. 

My Name Is Pecos 

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Robert Woods (Johnny Colt, Seven Guns for the MacGregors) stars as the eponymous Mexican gunslinger in My Names is Pecos, an action-packed, revenge-fueled western directed by Maurizio Lucidi (Motel of Fear). Pecos Martinez returns to his hometown, determined to settle a long-standing score with Joe Clane (Pier Paolo Capponi, The Cat O’ Nine Tails), the gangster who wiped out his entire family and now holds the entire town in a vicelike grip. But Clane has other concerns – namely the sum of money stolen from him by one of his own men after a recent bank heist. They say it’s never wise to antagonize a desperate man, and Pecos’ return soon sets him and Clane on a collision course from which only one man can possibly emerge victorious… With a suave, laconic screen presence to rival Franco Nero’s Django and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, Woods’ Pecos was an instant hit with audiences, and the film’s success spawned a sequel, Pecos Cleans Up, again directed by Lucidi and with Woods in the lead role. Co-starring Lucia Modugno (The Girl Who Knew Too Much) and George Eastman (Rabid Dogs), My Name is Pecos is a thrilling, timeless example of the western genre, shot through with striking visuals and nihilistic violence. 

Bandidos 

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Massimo Dallamano (What Have You Done to Solange?, Colt 38 Special Squad), cinematographer of the first two instalments in Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy, steps into the director’s chair for the first time with Bandidos, an action-packed and visually sumptuous western from the peak of the genre’s popularity.Top marksman Richard Martin (Enrico Maria Salerno, Savage Three, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) is inadvertently caught up in a train heist staged by his former protégé, Billy Kane (Venantino Venantini, City of the Living Dead). Brutally maimed and no longer able to fire a gun, Martin ekes out a living as a traveling showman – until the day he meets Philip Raymond (Terry Jenkins, Paint Your Wagon), an escaped convict framed for murder. Taking Raymond on as his apprentice, Martin plots to use him to extract his revenge on Kane, entangling the destinies of all three men and setting the stage for a brutal showdown. With a tightly written script and Dallamano’s keen eye for striking compositions, Bandidos ranks as one of the very best Italian westerns outside Leone’s trilogy, its success granting Dallamano a tragically brief but extremely fruitful career as a director. Thrilling from its first frame to its last, this is one western not to be missed! 

And God Said To Cain 

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The inimitable Klaus Kinski (Double Face) gives an uncharacteristically restrained performance as a wronged man chasing justice in And God Said to Cain, a dark, uncompromising western from celebrated Italian horror maestro Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocalypse).Kinski plays Gary Hamilton, a former Confederate officer recently pardoned following ten years of hard labor for a crime he didn’t commit. Armed only with a solitary rifle, Gary descends on his former hometown – a silent, steely-eyed assassin bent on the destruction of the man who framed him, the nefarious Acombar (Peter Carsten, My Name is Pecos). But as night and a fearsome tornado both draw in, and with the full might of Acombar’s forced ranged against him, can he possibly succeed in his one-man mission of vengeance? Distinctive for taking place largely in darkness and for its atmosphere of creeping dread, And God Said to Cain sees its director channeling the same instincts for instilling tension and fear that he exploited to such success in earlier horror films such as Castle of Blood. Co-starring Marcella Michelangeli (The Big Racket) and Luciano Pigozzi (Baron Blood), Margheriti’s “gothic western” is a treat for fans of horror and westerns alike. 

Day Seven – Arrow Player 

Giants And Toys 

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Giants and Toys is a sharp and snappy corporate satire revolving around the ruthless machinations of a group of admen working in the confectionary industry. As a new recruit to the marketing department of World Caramel, fresh-faced graduate Nishi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi) is eager to impress his ambitious and hard-nosed boss Goda (Black Test Car’s Hideo Takamatsu), even if it strains his relationships with his college friend Yokoyama (Koichi Fujiyama) and budding love interest Masami (Michiko Ono), who work at the rival companies of Giant and Apollo. With World’s lead over its competitors slipping badly, the two spot a chance to get back in the race in the shape of the pretty but unsophisticated 18-year-old, Kyoko (Hitomi Nozoe). Goda and Nishi get to work polishing this rough diamond as their new campaign girl, but as the three rival confectionary companies pitch themselves into an all-out advertising war that spills out onto the streets of Tokyo as it escalates to ludicrous extremes, Kyoko’s newfound fame starts going to her head. 

Irezumi 

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Drawn from the pen of one of Japan's foremost writers of the 20th century, Junichiro Tanizaki (A Fool's Love, The Makioka Sisters), Irezumi is a stylish tale of lust, betrayal and revenge directed by Yasuzo Masumura (Giants and Toys, Blind Beast). Masumura's muse Ayako Wakao (The Blue Sky Maiden, Red Angel) stars as Otsuya, the daughter of a rich merchant, who is tempted by her lover, Shinsuke, a lowly employee of her father's, to elope. During their flight, Otsuya's beauty attracts the gaze of Seikichi, a mysterious master tattooist who sees her pristine white skin as the perfect canvas for his art. The image of the large demonic spider that he emblazons across Otsuya's back marks her as the property of another man, radically altering her relationships with all around her as her personality transforms under its influence. Available for the first time outside of Japan in a new restoration, Irezumi sports some of Japanese cinema's most respected talent of its day both in front of and behind the camera. The bewitching cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu) captures the sensual atmosphere of the period setting, while the script by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba, Kuroneko) lends a modern twist to this feverish meditation on obsession and the act of creation. 

Matinee 

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HALF MAN… HALF ANT… ALL TERROR! So says the advertising campaign for Mant!, the latest low-budget schlock-horror classic from cigar-chomping producer Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman, The Big Lebowski), who more than makes up for his films' lack of production values by festooning them with gimmicks that would turn even William Castle (The Tingler) green with envy. But the most potent gimmick of all is accidental: Woolsey schedules a sneak preview of Mant! in Key West, Florida, in October 1962, unaware that the Cuban missile crisis is about to flare up. Will the threat of genuine nuclear war distract the locals from the movie, or will they find it doubly terrifying? 

Directed by the legendary Joe Dante (The ’Burbs), this delightful film isn’t just an affectionate love-letter to the sci-fi and horror films that he grew up with in the 1950s and 60s, it’s also a witty and intelligent exploration of the way that the most successful genre films worked by preying on the very real fears of their audiences about everything from Soviet satellite launches to atomic mutation. 

Malatesta’s Carnival Of Blood 

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You'll Shriek With Horror! Roll up, roll up! Step right up for Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood – the grisliest, freakiest show in town! Virtually impossible to find until its revival on DVD in the early 2000’s, this 1973 cult oddity, from one-time director Christopher Speeth, is a cinematic experience like no other. Arriving at a creepy, dilapidated fairground under the premise of looking for work, the Norris family are hoping to track down their missing son, who, they believe, is somewhere in the park. But it’s not long before they find themselves at the mercy of the fairground’s fiendish proprietors and the cannibalistic ghouls lurking in the caverns below. Filmed out of hours at the rundown Willow Grove amusement park in Pennsylvania, Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood is a mind-melting phantasmagoria of carnie craziness which blends elements of Night of the Living Dead and Carnival of Souls, adding an (un)healthy dose of Herschell Gordon Lewis-style gore for good measure.