In light of the pressing technological frontier of the blockbuster, sometimes you need a good classic to remind you what a trip to the cinema is all about.
In light of the
pressing technological frontier of the blockbuster, sometimes you need a good
classic to remind you what a trip to the cinema is all about. As we
approach the second half of 2012 a host of films that pioneered the face of the
industry return to the big screen to mark the foundations of contemporary film.
In the Royal Albert Hall on the last weekend of June violins
were tuned and brass instruments cleaned as the London Philharmonic Orchestra
performed a live score to Jerome Robbins’ and Robert Wise’s West Side Story. Under the watchful
gaze of Jayce Ogren the collective sounds of America and I Feel Pretty
celebrated the 50th anniversary of the stage production, a motion
picture that set ripples of young men clicking their fingers and strutting down
the street into motion. The event was to celebrate the release of the classic
musical, based on the classic Shakespearian tragedy Romeo and Juliet, but the
production is touring the country and you can find out if it’s coming to you HERE
Underway as part of the 2012 London Festival the lovely folk
at the BFI have restored a collection of the early work of Alfred Hitchcock to be accompanied by live music for
audiences. One of Britain’s most
highly regarded directors, The Lodger,
The Pleasure Garden and Blackmail are all initial instalments
from Hitchcock’s silent phase, and are being shown across a series of special
London venues including Wilton’s Music Hall and the Barbican up to the 21st
of July. Musical accompaniments come from composer and songwriter Nitin Sawhney who’s Indian-British
influences will be playing to thriller The Lodger, and the Royal Academy of
Music Manson Ensemble will be striking a chord to The Pleasure Garden, a tale
of love and betrayal. Book your tickets HERE
Also returning in the name of the London Olympics 2012 is
multi Academy Award Winning Chariots of
Fire, which from the 13th of July will be playing in over 100
cinemas thanks to a hefty financial push from the BFI. Snatching 4 Oscars at
the 1981 Academy Awards including best picture and best original screenplay,
the digitally restored feature follows two British Olympic runners, one
Christian, one Jewish, as they battle with personal and religious conflicts.
Such has been the triumph of the rereleases of Lion King and Beauty and the Beast in 3D that Disney has announced a whole
throng of family favourites that will be revamped and thrust back into
theatres. Next on the agenda is everyone’s favourite gimpy fish Fabio, no
Chico? Getting lost all over come September, Marlin and Dorey will be swimming
right into the third dimension to
save little Nemo and making a series of adorable aquatic friends along the way.
Flippers are the trend apparently as Little
Mermaid is next up in 2013.
You perhaps would be uncomfortable going to this one without
a sofa to hide behind, but for those with love for childlike scares,
Manchester’s Cornerhouse will be showing Roald
Dhal’s The Witches from the Friday the 29th of June to Thursday
the 5th of July (book tickets HERE)
The final film that Jim Henson used his puppeteer skills on stars Anjelica Huston and Brenda Blethyn and is genuinely
terrifying account of witches that prey on small children. Watch if you dare.