Weekend Matinees at 11:30am
Sun 26 May
F For Fake
directed by Orson Welles in English starring Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten (1973)
In Orson Welles’s free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career—the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies. Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself.
- From the Orson Welles: Hello Americans collection
Sun 2 Jun
The Gay Divorcee
directed by Mark Sandrich in English starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady (1934)
In this Art Deco musical, Ginger Rogers arrives in England to seek a divorce from her geologist husband. Guided by a domineering, much-married aunt, and an inept lawyer (Edward Everett Horton) she embarks upon an attempt to be “caught” in an adulterous tryst. A seaside resort, and a chance encounter with the amorous Fred Astaire sets the plot in motion, but entrapping the wrong male! Features a stunning rendition of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.”
directed by Mark Sandrich in English starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers (1935)
Fred Astaire comes to London to star in a show produced by the bumbling Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton). While practicing a tap routine in his hotel room, he awakens Ginger Rogers on the floor below. She storms upstairs to complain, whereupon Astaire falls hopelessly in love with her and proceeds to pursue her all over London. Featuring music by both Irving Berlin and Max Steiner.
directed by George Stevens in English starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers (1936)
Lucky (Fred Astaire) is a gambler and dancer engaged to Margaret, but when he’s late to the wedding, Margaret’s father calls the whole thing off. Intent to prove himself, Lucky heads to New York City to earn himself $25,000. But wouldn’t you know, Lucky meets pretty dance instructor Penny (Ginger Rogers) and soon begins to forget all about his fiancée. Hailed as the duo’s best musical, featuring four dance routines each regarded as masterpieces.
Shall We Dance
directed by Mark Sandrich in English starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers (1937)
Peter (Fred Astaire) is an American dancer working for a Parisian ballet company. He yearns to blend classical ballet with modern jazz dancing, and when Peter sees a photo of famous tapdancer Linda (Ginger Rogers), he gets more than one idea about her. Peter contrives to meet Linda, but she’s less than impressed, as these things tend to go – but that doesn’t stop a publicity stunt announcing their engagement! Featuring music by George and Ira Gershwin.