Spring Film Series 2018

London & Paris

April 13:

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.

 

April 20:

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

 

May 4:

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).

May 11:

Lost in Paris (2016) Written, directed and starring Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, with Emmanuelle Riva. (83 min) DCP
A timid Canadian librarian embarks on a long dreamed of trip to Paris to locate her distressed 88 year old Aunt Martha (French New Wave icon Riva in her last performance). Thoroughly inspired by Jacques Tati and the great silent clowns, the film is streaked with bright color, rattled by witty sound effects and splashed with slapstick.  “Thank goodness for burlesque duo Abel and Gordon. They are, simply put, the two funniest clowns working in cinema today” (variety.com).

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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.

For more information about the NC Museum of Art: ncartmuseum.org

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