THE CINEMA MUSEUM: Evening With Kevin Brownlow, Wizards (1977), Afternoon With Tod, Celluloid Sorceress
Evening With Kevin Brownlow, Jan 29th
Wizards (1977), Jan 31st
Afternoon With Tod, Feb 1st
Celluloid Sorceress Feb 2nd
Time for another special Kennington Bioscope evening of 9.5mm films presented by Kevin Brownlow. For the benefit of newcomers, Kevin began his career in the 1950s as a collector of home-movie prints on the 9.5mm gauge, a pioneering format introduced in the 1920s that preserved many subjects that are now either lost or difficult to obtain in 35mm. 9.5mm has a frame size similar to 16mm and was usually copied from the original 35mm elements, thus providing superb quality images. Live piano accompaniment is provided by John Sweeney, Costas Fotopolous and Colin Sell.
Among the highlights will be The Overland Limited, a 1925 railroad drama known on 9.5mm as The Mad Train. Directed by Frank O’Neill, it stars Malcolm McGregor, Olive Borden, Ralph Lewis and Alice Lake. Postponed from a previous 9.5mm evening is the 1927 French drama La Glu, directed by Henri Fescourt with Germaine Rouer and Francois Rozet in the principal roles.
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Tickets are £6, but seats are limited. To avoid disappointment, please request an invitation via email; [email protected]
Wizards (1977) may feature magic, fairies and princesses, but it is very far from the typical Disney fairy tale. A high fantasy epic conceived by animator Ralph Bakshi, the film is a counter-cultural marvel of the 1970s, one that blends a series of innovative animation styles with a story designed to stick two fingers up at the man with its heady mixture of psychedelia, allegory and fantasy.
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Reserved tickets are £6 click below to purchase from Ticketlab or call 0207 840 2200 to purchase direct from the museum.
Jasper Sharp presents a 35mm double-bill of Tod Slaughter’s Crimes at the Dark House (1940) and The Face at the Window (1939).
14.00 Doors open
14.30 Introduction by Jasper Sharp
14.45 Screening of Crimes at the Dark House (1940)
16.00 Introduction by Kip Xool
16.15 Screening of The Face at the Window (1939)
Hemlock Books will be in attendance selling the brand new Tod Slaughter biography, with authors in attendance to sign copies.
Tickets for the double-bill £13 in advance or £15 on the door. Individual films £7.50 in advance or £8.50 on the door.
Advance tickets may be purchased from Billetto, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 in office hours.
William Bashler’s 1973 novel The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is loosely based on real players and incidents and was voted in 2002 as one of the greatest books about sport of all time by Sports Illustrated magazine. Bringing together its own all-star African-American cast the 1976 film version, from Berry Gordy’s Motown Productions remains a classic comedy of the #BlackStar canon.
The first theatrical feature of director John Badham – Saturday Night Fever (1977), WarGames (1983) – stars Billy Dee Williams as Bingo Long, optimistic showman playing ball in the “Negro Leagues” of the segregated America of the 1930s. Considering the owners of the Negro League clubs no better than their white counterparts, Bingo assembles a breakaway team of rogue players, including James Earl Jones, DeWayne Jessie and Richard Pryor as Charlie Snow, a player determined to break into the white Major Leagues posing as a Cuban.
Heading out on a barnstorming tour of the American Mid-West, Bingo and his team of all-stars attract the attention of both the white and black leagues alike, and go on to challenge the colour barrier in American Baseball.
Advance tickets are £8 (£6 concession) click below to purchase from Billetto, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 in office hours.