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Noir-ish Glory And More At BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival (5-16 October) programme has been announced, and Park Circus is delighted to have a number of new restorations feature in the line up. This year, the festival’s Treasures strand unearths a handful of classics encompassing Golden Age musicals, bricks and mortar Brit Flicks, silent era rediscoveries and more.

The final collaboration between Humphrey Bogart and John Huston, Sony Pictures’ Beat The Devil is a Mediterranean-set suspense yarn about a motley crew of adventurers scheming to gain control of a patch of uranium-rich land. Truman Capote’s script finds playful humour in the story’s not-quite-noirish shadows. Restored by Sony Pictures, Romulus Films and The Film Foundation in 4K. Screening in NFT1, Sunday 9th October (15:00) with script supervisor Angela Allen in attendance and NFT3, Tuesday 11th October (18:30).

ITV Studios’ Hell Drivers is a hard-nosed, iron-jawed slice of social realism that pops the hood on a dangerous world of ex-con delivery drivers chasing bonuses on death-trap roads. Stanley Baker stars in his first leading role alongside a supporting cast that includes key early appearances from the likes of Sean Connery, Patrick McGoohan and David McCallum. Restored by the British Film Institute in 4K. Screening in NFT1, Thursday 11th October (18:15).

Following its world premiere at Venezia Classic 2016, the new 4K restoration of MGM Studios’ Manhattan will receive its first UK screening at LFF. Woody Allen’s urbane study of modern romance, one of the director’s most successful explorations of his regular themes, is set for a wider international activity in 2017. Restored by Park Circus and Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 4K. Screening in NFT1, Wednesday 5th October (21:00) and NFT2, Thursday 6th October (13:00).

The story of a European Countess who causes a stir whilst visiting relatives in the United States, Paramount Pictures’ A Woman Of The World is a culture-clash comedy that perfectly plays off the exoticised persona of its star. Polish actress Pola Negri vamps it up as Elenora, a continental aristocrat who ruffles the social mores of her Midwestern hosts and invokes the ire of a puritanical district attorney. Restored by Paramount Pictures in 2K. Screening in NFT1, Sunday 16th October (12:00).

After his partnership with Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire found his on-screen foil in Rita Hayworth, the then-rising star who had received choreography training from her parents – both professional dancers – from a young age. Following the success of 1941’s You’ll Never Get Rich, the pair successfully reunited the next year in Sony Pictures’ You Were Never Lovelier: a musical about a penniless American dancer who falls for the daughter of a Buenos Aires nightclub owner. Restored by Sony Pictures in 4K. Screening in NFT1, Sunday 9th October (18:00) and Sunday 16th October (14:30).


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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