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Greatest Variety Show, Kennington Classics, Kennington Noir, Magnificent Obsessions

The Greatest Variety Show, Saturday December 15th @ 7:30pm

Terry Sanderson introduces the Cinema Museum’s annual seasonal treat in a fabulous celebration of great classic entertainers from yesterday and today.Recorded on film at the height of their careers, these artists represent the very best that variety has to offer.

We have the greatest singers, the best dancers and the funniest comedians – all of whom have thrilled and amused audiences down the years.

But this year we will be making a special feature of ‘speciality acts’ – those, sometimes bizarre, turns that truly put the variety into Variety.  Find out more here.

Advance tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 concessions) and may be purchased from Billetto, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 during office hours.
If you would prefer to buy tickets on the door, the price will be £10 (£7 concessions).

Kennington Classics presents The Full Monty (1997), Sunday December 16th @ 2:30pm

Written by Simon Beaufoy and directed by Peter Cattaneo, The Full Monty(1997) is the story of six Sheffield men who decide to beat unemployment from the steel industry by performing a Chippendales striptease act with the added extra of going ‘the full monty’.

A massive hit both in the UK and abroad, the film mixed comedy with a discussion of serious subjects such as unemployment, fathers’ rights, depression, homosexuality, working class culture and suicide. It was awarded Best Film BAFTA and Robert Carlyle won the Best Actor BAFTA.

Advance tickets are £6 – click below to purchase from Billetto, or call 020 7840 2200 during office hours to purchase direct from the Museum.

Kennington Noir presents; The Crooked Way (1949), Wednesday December 19th @ 7:30pm

Kennington Noir Presents The Crooked Way (1949), directed by Robert Florey, and starring John Payne, Sonny Tufts and Ellen Drew. Featuring the wonderful dark and atmospheric cinematography of John Alton.

Post-WWII films were festooned with amnesiac ex-GIs finding themselves mixed up with crime. In The Crooked Way, John Payne plays memory-deficient veteran Eddie Rice, who runs foul of a mobster (Sonny Tufts) and a police inspector. Both the crooks and the cops seem to have good reason to despise Rice, and he’d like to find out why. He won’t get any help from his wife Nina (Ellen Drew), however, since she is as hostile towards Rice as everyone else. Gradually, Rice puts the pieces together and discovers that he’s far better off not remembering his former self.

Advance tickets are £6 and may be purchased from Billetto, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 during office hours.

 

 

Magnificent Obsessions: The Films of Ross Hunter presents
Airport (1970) Thursday December 20th @ 7:30pm

Single-handledly pioneering what we know today as the “disaster movie,” Airport spawned a slew of sequels, parodies, knock-offs and created a whole subgenre that has been ramped up to apocalyptic-proportions. But after all, this is still Ross Hunter, and he was at the peak of his career, commanding big budgets and all-star casts, and in return for his vaulting ambition came ten Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, the only one of his career.

Burt Lancester is a the manager of an airport, risking all to keep it open during a deadly snow storm while a suicidal bomber has hijacked a Boeing 707 mid-flight. Amongst all the life-threatening hijinks are Dean Martin, Jean Seburg, George Kennedy, Jacqueline Bisset and Helen Hayes in her Oscar-winning role as an eccentric stowaway (sustaining the category of “weird old woman” that won Margaret Rutherford her award for in The V.I.P.s (1963), seven years earlier).

Is it subtle? No. Has it held up well? Probably not. But Airport has a special place in 20th century cinema, a rollercoaster of thrills, with rapid emotional beats to appeal to every audience member. And there’s snow in it. It might as well be a Christmas movie, and there’s no better way to conclude the season.

Advance tickets are £6 – click below to purchase from Billetto, or call 020 7840 2200 during office hours to purchase direct from the Museum.

 

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