An archive of the Film Appreciation Close-Ups that have been held during 2018
PUBLIC ENEMIES ON SCREEN
The crime wave that spread across America in the mid-1930s was unprecedented, and produced a number of outlaws – Public Enemies – whose names have resonated down the decades; Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd, Ma Barker, ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, ‘Baby Face’ Nelson. Inevitably the cinema has sought to portray these outlaws, and the FBI officers who hunted them down, usually mythologising them along the way, and this talk will look at how our perceptions of this short-lived era — essentially 1933-1936 — have been shaped by the cinema, including films such as Dillinger, Bloody Mama, G Men, Public Enemies and, above all, Bonnie and Clyde.
HONG KONG AND TAIWANESE CINEMA
Separated from the Chinese mainland by colonialism and revolution, the respective cinemas of Hong Kong and Taiwan developed very different industries, genres and auteur styles. Filmmakers as diverse as King Hu, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Wong Kar Wai have delighted both their domestic and international audiences through spectacle, thrills and visual poetry, while a close look at martial arts and crime film reveals some extraordinary depths. Plus, there’s Jackie Chan!
Films to be discussed will include: In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000), A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1971), Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, 2002) Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee, 1994) and A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000).
THE SOUND OF SILENTS
Silent films were anything but. The popular image of flickering black-and-white movies — accompanied by a tinny piano struggling to drown out the clanking projector — has concealed the real truth of a complex and sophisticated side of the fledgling film industry. Spend two hours with writer, teacher, composer, and silent film lover Christopher Budd exploring the creative work of composers and music editors in the silent era.