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Thursday, September 11, 2008

This week at SFC: The Last Mistress


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** STUDIOFILMCLUB is pleased to be part of this years Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and we are thrilled that UK/ St Lucian artist filmmaker Isaac Julien will be coming down to screen two nights of his films. Next thursday Isaac will screen DEREK his new film about British artist and film maker the late Derek Jarman. We will also be screening some of Derek Jarman's seminal short music films that he made for the Smiths, Pet Shop Boys and Marianne Faithful amongst others.

STUDIOFILMCLUB is located in the front foyer space of building 7.

Our screenings are FREE and all are welcome to ALL.

THURSDAY 11th September

Tonight we screen our second film by Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl screened two years ago) - THE LAST MISTRESS - possibly her most ambitious film to date an adaptation of the novel by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, the film is set in 19th-century France, when the world was a seemingly much more innocent place... starring Asia Argento

7:45 pm

Midnight Movies : From the Margins to the Mainstream (Stuart Samuels/USA/2005/45') part 2 of 2

A testament to the days when word of mouth was carried by live voices rather than group email, Stuart Samuels’s marvellous documentary offers case studies of the half-dozen key titles that defined the alternative film-going circuit of ’70s America. With deft cultural, political and industrial contextualisation and contributions from numerous well-placed sources – including all six titles’ directors – ‘Midnight Movies’ consitutes a warm, rich tribute to an era of fecund perversity, even if it’s as formally conservative as its subjects were transgressive.

Its story starts with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s brilliantly bonkers ‘El Topo’ (1970), which set the midnight movie template by unexpectedly settling into triumphant, dope-suffused residency at New York’s Elgin cinema. ‘Night of the Living Dead’ offered American audiences a more locally identifiable tranche of oppositional excitement that – like ‘Pink Flamingos’ – deployed shockingly coarse corporeal spectacle in the service of a militantly liberal sensibility. ‘The Harder They Come’, meanwhile, married political indignation to a sensationally popular musical form new to the US. We end with a couple of anomalies among such anomalous company: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, made by a major studio but only at home among the freaks, and ‘Eraserhead’, which is undoubtedly transgressive but not exactly a rollicking party of a picture.

Nodding at the scene’s revival of ’30s oddities and its influence on the later mainstream, ‘Midnight Movies’ leaves some tensions unexplored (could these screenings both hark back to committed ’60s activism and herald the ‘birth of irony’?) but shows a keen eye for practicalities. In many ways, it’s a document of a dying technology, a celluloid cottage industry whose means of production, distribution and exhibition are alien to today’s aspiring auteurs. Most of all, it’s a celebration of cinema-going as a ‘ritual experience or trip’, a communal adventure with no real equivalent in the exquisitely atomised YouTubeverse.

8:30 pm

THE LAST MISTRESS (Catherine Breillat/France/2007/102')

Two of cinema's most thrilling and dynamic female talents - the provocative Asia Argento and the controversial director Catherine Breillat - join forces in this audacious and sexually-charged tale of lust and seduction. Argento gives an electrifying performance as Vellini, the beautiful and headstrong mistress of Ryno de Marigny (Fu'ad Aït Aattou), an aristocrat who has just taken the young and innocent Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida) as his bride. Lacking the emotional connection and carna passion in his marriage that he shared with Vellini, Ryno attempts to resist temptation bu eventually succumbs to desire, rekindling the illicit affair with tragic consequences


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