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Met Opera Live, Nationwide
Opera is supposed to be elitist and inaccessible, but ironically cinema is coming to its rescue. New York's Metropolitan Opera has become a global leader in the field, and three of its productions stream live in HD in cinemas across the country this month: Mozart's La Clemenza Di Tito, Verdi's Un Ballo In Maschera (updated to a film-noirish context) and his Egyptian epic, Aïda. It might not be the same as the live experience, but it's a damn sight cheaper, and truly different.
Picturehouse & Curzon cinemas & various venues, Sat to 27 Dec
Jonas Mekas, London
Mekas is just about the last surviving link to the golden postwar age of American avant garde film-making, which has been a well of inspiration for modern cinema, indie and mainstream. He helped preserve the work of Andy Warhol, »
- Steve Rose
The funny thing about reviewing films not in the English language is that it can be all too easy to assume that just because you’re reading subtitles, you’re watching a work of major artistic quality. This can simply be because somewhere in your mind you make the equation ‘subtitles = clever’, or in slightly more complex terms, why would distributors bother releasing a film in a foreign territory if there wasn’t something special about it that will attract an audience?
Reykjavík-Rotterdam is an Icelandic thriller about a former smuggler who takes on ‘one last job’ when faced with considerable financial difficulties. The thing is, whilst it’s a fairly competent film in its own right, it’s not really clear what makes it stands out from your »
- Jack Kirby
2 items from 2012
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