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The De La Warr Pavilion, in partnership with CINECITY 2006, presents the very first Film Weekend in our auditorium.

Click here to view the CINECITY 2006 film guide.

Below are some fo the films that can be seen.

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS
Director:
Orson Welles.
Cast: Joseph Cotten, Delores Costello, Agnes Moorehead, Tim Holt, Anne Baxter, Ray Collins, Richard Bennett.
USA 1942. 88 mins. (U)

So incensed that the studio took final cut on his film, Welles reportedly declared that it had been edited by the studio janitor. Despite this claim, Welles’s second film remains a masterpiece, astounding for its almost magical recreation of a gentler age when cars were still a nightmare of the future and the Ambersons felt safe in their mansion on the edge of town. Right from the wryly comic opening, detailing changes in fashions and the family’s exalted status, Welles takes an ambivalent view of the way the equality of life would change under the impact of a new industrial age, stressing the strength of community as evidenced in the old order while admitting to its rampant snobbery and petty sense of manners. With immaculate period reconstruction, and virtuoso acting shot in long elegant takes, it remains the director’s most moving film, despite the artificiality of the sentimental tacked-on studio ending.

Fri 1 December, 7pm. Tickets £6, £4 (concs)

ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
Director:
Terry Zwigoff.
Cast: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich. Jim Broadbent, Matt Keesler, Anjelica Huston, Jack Ong 
USA 2006. 102 mins.

Like their former collaboration, GHOST WORLD, director Terry Zwigoff and graphic novelist Daniel Clowes’ ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL occupies the fringe world of the disaffected misfit. Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) leaves his suburban home for an East Coast Art School with the aim of conquering the 21st century art world by emulating his hero Picasso. Arriving on campus surrounded by geeks, poseurs and the most pretentious of instructors he finds his ambitions and influences out of step with the trendy art world. Jerome is further disappointed when he falls for the pretty life model Audrey (Sophie Myles) but fails to impress leaving Audrey free to date his rival Jonah. Life gets more complicated still when a serial murderer gets to work on the campus. Zwigoff’s and Clowes’ caustic humour permeates the film and at times ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL’s darkness brings to mind Todd Solondz’s misanthropic masterpiece STORYTELLING.  Enjoyable cameo performances come from Angelica Huston and John Malkovich as a self-obsessed instructor who only paints triangles. Jim Broadbent is also great as a drunken has-been painter living in a nearby tenement slum.

Fri 1 December, 9pm, Tickets £6, £4 (concs).

Brighton to Bexhill Film Bus
A coach will pick up film buffs from Brighton, taking them to Bexhill and back. On the journey there will be screenings of Smart Alec (filmed in Pevensey) and the pilot for Gallivant, along with commentary by director Andrew Kötting.

Sat 2 December, 2.30 pm pick up from Pool Valley, Brighton, 9.45pm pick up outside DLWP to return.
Tickets: £10 return, please book in advance.

LA BAS (DOWN THERE)
Director: Andrew Kotting.

UK 1994. 20 mins.

Filmed in and around Bexhill LA BAS (DOWN THERE) was conceived as a celebration of the then newly completed Channel Tunnel. Part homage to the Nouvelle Vague this short seeks to add a little Gallic flavour to Kotting's English backdrop.

GALLIVANT (15)
Director: Andrew Kotting.
Cast: Andrew Kotting, Eden Kotting, Gladys Morris.
UK 1997. 100 mins.

Part Travelogue, part home-movie but at the same time so much more. GALLIVANT is the result of Kotting's coastal road trip taken in the company of his ninety year old grandmother, Gladys, and nine year old daughter, Eden. What is perhaps most striking is Kotting's openness in his approach to both style and material. Following 6000 miles of coast around England, Wales and Scotland GALLIVANT is a history lesson and a picture of modern day Britain, a celebration of life's eccentricities and a discourse on mortality (Gladys is aging whilst Eden suffers from Joubert Syndrome). Visually remarkable, Kotting's photography captures with equal brilliance the utterly garish and breathtakingly beautiful. The film never fails to be surprising and it's emotional depth and poignancy is contrasted with an essential upbeat core.

Sat 2 December. Las Bas 4pm and Gallivant 4.30pm. Q&A with director Andrew Kötting 6.10pm. Tickets (for both films and Q&A) £6, £4 concs

FAST FOOD NATION (15)
Director:
Richard Linklater. 
Cast: Patriciai Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Dano, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristifferson, Ashley Johnson. Bruce Willis.
USA 2006. 112 MINS.

Based on Eric Schlosser’s best non-fiction seller Linklater (BEFORE SUNSET, A SCANNER DARKLY) fashions a customary slacker movie, which goes to the heart of the American meat industry. A tapestry of roughly interconnected lives that feed off and into the industry provides both comedy and drama. Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear) an inquisitive marketing rep for a burger giant is sent out to investigate when cow manure is found in the company product. His trail takes him to Colorado where he discovers an industry populated by cheap immigrant labour, and an overly pragmatic cattle farmer played by Bruce Willis. Linklater’s laid-back approach to the subject matter brings a lightness of touch to the much discussed issue of where our food comes from and what we eat, although FAST FOOD NATION may still result in one or two extra vegetarians in the world.

Sat 2 December, 8pm, Tickets £6, £4 (concs).

TOUCH OF EVIL (12)
Director: Orson Welles.
Cast: Janet Leigh, Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, Ray Collins, Akim Tamiroff, Joseph Calleia, Dennis Weaver.
USA 1958. 95 mins.

Classic film noir, directed by and starring Orson Welles, A TOUCH OF EVIL tells of a corrupt cop who runs up against a Mexican official investigating drug trafficking. Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston), newly married to Susan (Janet Leigh), becomes obsessed with exposing Hank Quinlan (Welles) as a rotten apple: 'Quinlan exudes the stench of corruption from every pore of his distended, heaving carcass, yet his fellow officers are in awe of him and his reputation. He drags evil-doers to justice and, frankly, they don't care how he does it; the ends justify the means.' The twist is that his outlook has been poisoned since the brutal murder of his wife, decades ago. The constant pain fuels a personal vendetta. Featured among the ensemble are Marlene Dietrich as a gypsy fortuneteller and Dennis Weaver as a nervous motel clerk.

Sun 3 December, 2pm. Tickets: £6, £4 concs 

Sunday 3rd December
4.30pm

THE THIRD MAN (PG)
Director: Carol Reed.
Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli.
UK 1949. 100mins.

Based on the novel by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed this cinematic classic is generally considered to be the best work of both of these estimable talents. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton), a pulp-novelist, arrives in post-WWII Vienna with the promise of work from his friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). When he finds that Lime has just been killed in a questionable car accident, he decides to remain in the city to investigate his friends' demise. Chasing Lime's shadow through the war torn streets of Vienna Welles is barely seen throughout the film but still gets to deliver one of the most quotable speeches in cinema history to justify his black market profiteering …… ' In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and five hundred years of peace, and what did that produce? ….. the cuckoo clock'.

Sun 3 December, 4.30pm. Tickets: £6, £4 concs.

 

Continuous gallery DVD presentation on plasma screen.

CITIZEN KANE
Director: Orson Welles.
Cast: Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead.
USA 1941. 119mins.

Welles’s first and finest film is the life story of newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Welles), a thinly veiled incarnation of newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. The film is renowned for its technological advances in cinematography with its pioneering ‘deep focus’ technique - perhaps the most auspicious debut in Hollywood’s history.
Showing 10am–6pm everyday. Free

MACBETH
Director: Orson Welles.
Cast: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Roddy McDowall.
USA 1948. 89 mins.

Also screening in the gallery is Orson Welles' infamous attempt to film Shakespeare's Macbeth in just twenty-one days.

Showing 10am–6pm everyday. Free

 
Fri 1 Dec 2006-
Sun 3 Dec 2006

Tickets: £4.00 - £6.00

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