Spring Film Series 2018
London & Paris
Passport to Pimlico (1949) Directed by Henry Cornelius. Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, Hermione Baddeley (84 min) DCP
When a prank unearths a parchment confirming a street in London is territory belonging to the Kingdom of Burgundy, the local residents, stifling under the austerity of post-war rationing stage a Brexit of their own. A classic Ealing comedy, penned by the author of The Lavender Hill Mob, it stars a phalanx of cracking character actors. “For British cinema, 1949 was an annus mirabilis. It was the year that Ealing Studios… released not one but three comic masterpieces: Kind Hearts And Coronets, Whisky Galore! and Passport To Pimlico (Empire Magazine). Film notes for Pimlico.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Written and directed by Gurinder Chadha. Parminder Nagra, Kiera Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (112 min) PG-13 DVD
Jess challenges her conservative Sikh parents by her cross-cultural romance—with soccer. This coming of age story spotlights multi-cultural London, and is filled with wisecracks, bouncy music, indelible characters and early star making turns by Knightley, Rhys Meyers and Archie Panjabi. “You seldom leave a theater walking on air, much less float all through a movie. But the joyous Bend It Like Beckham never lets you down” (Washington Post). Film Notes
The Love Punch (2013) Written and directed by Joel Hopkins. Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie (94 min) DVD
When a financial shark gobbles the retirement funds of a divorced London couple, they spin a James Bond-ian caper to recover their pensions. Barely released in the US, this horribly titled film channels screwball comedy and witty 60s caper films. “Take a deep breath, relax and go with it, marveling at how Hopkins managed to put together the perfect cast for this stupid—but brilliant—romantic comedy for the art-house crowd. Honestly, we’ve been starving for a silly yet truly funny movie of our very own (filmjournal.com).
Lost in Paris (2016) Written, directed and starring Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, with Emmanuelle Riva. (83 min) DCP
All films are shown in 35mm when possible, check listings for format
Fridays at 8:00 pm unless noted
The galleries and Iris Restaurant will be open prior to screenings
Box Office: (919) 715-5923
Tickets to most films: $7.00/$5.00 NCMA Members
Special Events may have different pricing
Introductions are by Film Curator Laura Boyes unless otherwise noted.
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