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  • July 30, 2015
    Young Talk – Teddy Girls

    Teddy Girls (1969)

     

    Teddy Girls

     

    1969/Color/107mins/Cantonese 
    Director: Lung Kong
    Cast: Siao Fong Fong, Sit Ka Yin, Tsang Kong, Lung Kong, Shum Din Ha

     

    Date: Jul 30 (Thu)
    Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm 
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque 

  • July 28, 2015
    Martin Scorsese’s Film School – The Magic Box
    The Magic Box
    The Magic Box
     

    1951/Color/118mins/English with no subtitle
    Director: John Boulting
    Cast: Robert Donat、Margaret Johnston、Maria Schell

     

    The Magic Box was the English film industry’s contribution to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Its all-star cast generously forsook their usual salaries for the privilege of paying tribute to that unsung pioneer of cinema, William Friese-Greene, here played by Robert Donat. Adapted by Eric Ambler from the controversial biography by Ray Allister, Magic Box contends that Friese-Greene was the true father of motion pictures, and not such upstarts as W. K. L. Dickson and Thomas Edison. Told in flashback, the film details Friese-Greene’s tireless experiments with the “moving image,” leading inexorably to a series of failures and disappoints, as others hog the credit for the protagonist’s discoveries. The huge cast includes such British film luminaries as Joyce Grenfell, Miles Malleson, Michael Redgrave,Eric Portman, Emlyn Williams, Richard Attenborough, Peter Ustinov, Cecil Parker, Kay Walsh, and, best of all, Laurence Olivier as the confused bobby who witnesses Friese-Greene’s first motion picture demonstration.

     

    Date: Jul 28 (Tue)
    Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speaker: Anna

  • June 30, 2015
    Martin Scorsese’s Film School – The Red Shoes

     The Red Shoes

     

    The Red Shoes

     

    1948/Color/133mins/English subtitle
    Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
    Cast: Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer, Marius Goring

     

    The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, now dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist.

     

    Date: Jun 30 (Tue)
    Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm
    Venue: 1/F Broadway Cinematheque
    Speaker: Anna

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  • ' Inglorious Basterds '
    — Quentin Jerome Tarantino

    A Tarantino film resists categorization and Inglorious Basterds is definitely not your run of the mill WWII film. Structured as five chapters, the story evolves around three iconic characters: the Hero, the Nazi and the Girl. Big, bold and audacious, this Category III version shown here is the only version that does the film justice. Christopher Waltz gives a kick-ass performance as the sardonic and absurd Nazi, sweeping awards at Cannes, Oscar and BAFTA.

     

     

  • ' Like Grains of Sand '
    — Ryosuke Hashiguchi

    How much could happen when the love bug bites a group of high school students? A lot. While Yoshida cannot reciprocate Ito’s loving feelings, he is not exactly happy with the girl he is dating either. Instead he finds himself increasingly drawn to Aihara, the new girl in class. When Aihara disappears, Yoshida and Ito look for her until they find her in the beach town where she grew up. Will they finally manage to sort out their feelings and relationships?

     

     

  • ' Drifting Flowers '
    — Zero Chou

    Through three stories, director Zero Chou explores three kinds of love. The young Meigo lives with her blind sister the lounge singer Ging. While the androgynous accordionist Chalkie falls for Ging, Meigo’s young heart beats for Chalkie. Lily loves a certain woman, but she is married to Yen, who loves men. In their peculiar way, the two takes care of each other and form a strong bond. The last story concerns the young Chalkie and how she eventually understands her sexuality.

  • ' Soundless Wind Chime '
    — Kit Hung

    Nominated for the 2009 Berlin Film Festival Teddy Award, Soundless Wind Chime chronicles the story between Ricky, a Chinese, and Pascal, a Swiss. Like any other couple they struggle though good times and rough patches. Years after the relationship ended, Ricky goes to Switzerland and encounters Ueli who looks just like Pascal. As this new relationship grows, we also learn about what really happened to Pascal and Ricky….

     

  • ' Synecdoche New York '
    — Charlie Kaufman

     Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener play a pair of married artists, living in Schenectady, NY. She is a visual artist, and he is a director. The marriage is coming apart. She sometimes wishes he would die. In fact, he might be dying. He has a succession of alarming symptoms. He is working on a novelty production of “Death of a Salesman”. This is not a film about the theater, although a theater director is an ideal character for representing the role Kaufman thinks we all play. In its strange, comic and ultimately Kaufmanesque way, Synecdoche New York deals with the biggest terrors and issues of life: loneliness, sickness, futility, death.

     

     

  • ' The Way We Are '
    — Ann Hui On-Wah

    The Way We Are centers on the widow Kwan, her teenage son Ka On, and their elderly neighbour Granny. The problems they face range from the mundane (what to eat for lunch) to heavier subjects (death & estrangement in the family). The power of these documentary-type vignettes comes from its setting. Kwan and Granny, despite their lacks, find contentment in life. Tin Sui Wai is notorious for its crime but misery but Ann Hui shows none of that. What she shows is that people in Tin Shui Wai are after all ordinary people who experience life as it happens.

     

  • ' A Summer’s Tale '
    — Éric Rohmer

    The third film in Rohmer’s Tale of Four Seasons cycle covers a few summer weeks in Gaspard’s life and his encounters with three women: Margot who isn’t interested in more than a friendship, Solene who wants an exclusive relationship, and Lena whose ambiguous romantic attitude keeps him in a state of constant consternation. In a non-patronising way, Rohmer throws four people into a mixing pot and explores what happens when that traditional happy ending is not mandated.

     

  • ' Seraphine '
    — Martin Provost

    Seraphine de Senlis, an aging, overweight, penniless house cleaner in a small French town, was also a painter who believed she was channeling divine messages. The fruits and flowers she painted at first look merely decorative, but that on closer examination are charged with a marvelous and unsettling power. Martin Provost’s interpretation begins from the point just before her discovery, in the early 1910s, by the German critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde. Yolande Moreau’s passionate and fascinating performance won her a Cesar (Best Actress), one of the seven Cesars Seraphine was awarded.

     

  • ' Milk '
    — Gus Van Sant

    With Milk, Van Sant weds a straightforward linear narrative and high-profile cast with a subject matter that has genuine resonance for him. Using the account of one of USA’s first openly gay public officials Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978, Van Santinvests the gay rights movement with mythic grandeur. As Milk, Sean Penn has an uncanny physical resemblance from some angles; but themost striking is the spiritual transformation. Playing the man who ultimately killed Milk, Josh Brolin’s remarkable performance is a chilling study in weakness. Van Sant mixes archival footage with new footage and it’s fascinating to see San Francisco in the ’70s.

     

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