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British Cinema
Topic by: Eoliano
Posted: January 23, 2003 - 1:38 PM PST
Last Reply: February 5, 2003 - 9:24 AM PST

author topic: British Cinema
Eoliano
post #1  on January 23, 2003 - 1:38 PM PST  
News Item: Anthony Minghella takes over as bfi Chair

The British Film Insitute

Sight & Sound Magazine.
jaquestati
post #2  on January 23, 2003 - 2:16 PM PST  
not sure if this is good or bad..... lord knows hes a better influence than the scott brothers who have been wielding influence lately..... but i'm not a big minghella fan........

the free cinema movement of lindsay anderson reiz Walter Lassally etc was about as much a real group/movement as lars and the dogma group....... really aside from karl and linsday kinda pointless.....

(i think of the group only Walter Lassally survives now that reiz is gone) Lorenza Mazzetti is more famous for her book and movie from it than anything she ever directed in england....

england has really gone to pot film wise for almost 20 years if you ask me........

when people like losey and anderson and reiz could not even get movies made thier last decades in life what do you expect :( now they are all gone anyways..... such a waste........

jonathan Glazer may be a hope..... sexy beast was a nice modern take on pinter/losey that didnt take itself too seriously..... but i dont see alot of other great young talent comin up.....

tv folks i thought would have a greater impact have had none really.... people like antonia bird, stuart orme,Alastair Reid, John Madden etc......

i'm obsessed with uk tv but film wise its a wasteland :(

theres nothing as good as say The Office on the screens over there as near as i can see....
NeilCresswell
post #3  on January 23, 2003 - 3:16 PM PST  
Eww... my home turf. :>

Now I can rant and rave over Ealing studios and glorious oldies missing on DVD like Passport to Pimlico. Yeah, I used to love opening a box of choccies on a rainy Sunday afternoon (and memory of home reminds me that there were quite a few rainy Sundays in ole blighty) and kicking back with a good home-grown B&W.
NeilCresswell
post #4  on January 23, 2003 - 3:17 PM PST  
Yeah, the golden age is over but don't discount everything recent. What about movies like Trainspotting or The Crying Game?
NeilCresswell
post #5  on January 23, 2003 - 3:22 PM PST  
I've been enjoying the guessing games on other threads. How about one here for British cinema? I'll start: I'm thinking of a double billing - two movies. Try and guess the movies and then tell me what links the two of 'em together. I'm not thinking of anything too esoteric and one of the movies was quite popular in the 60s.

Lets refer to the first movie as A and the second one as B.
Eoliano
post #6  on January 23, 2003 - 3:35 PM PST  
It's terrific that Minghella has become the head of BFI instead of a broadcaster. What better-equipped person than a filmmaker to lead BFI.

I love watching those old Ealing films too as they readily recall my truant youth, which was not really misspent, as I haunted all those old art houses watching as many movies as I could afford.
Eoliano
post #7  on January 23, 2003 - 3:41 PM PST  
Neil, are you from London? Did you go to the NFI and Everyman Cinema in Hempstead?

dpowers
post #8  on January 23, 2003 - 4:22 PM PST  
> I've been enjoying the guessing games on other threads. How about one here for British cinema? ... Lets refer to the first movie as A and the second one as B. <

to conserve space on the front page message listing i carried this over to guess that movie # 3.
NeilCresswell
post #9  on January 23, 2003 - 6:27 PM PST  
Yup I'm from London but quite a ways from the places you mention so I didn't hang out there.
Eoliano
post #10  on January 23, 2003 - 7:28 PM PST  
The NFT used to be below Aldwych Bridge on the South Bank, but is now part of the huge complex with the National Theatre etc. The Everyman was just a short tube ride from central. Shame on you! = : < ) >
NeilCresswell
post #11  on January 23, 2003 - 9:57 PM PST  
Both of which were over an hour from where I used to live (Upminster - end of the District line).

:p
Eoliano
post #12  on January 24, 2003 - 7:28 AM PST  

> Both of which were over an hour from where I used to live (Upminster - end of the District line).

A day's outing would have made it worthwhile - lunch and a museum or even an evening in the West End at the theatre - or a Sunday at Albert Hall. Okay, tell me that you at least attended the Proms just once?

Time, time...what is time?
NeilCresswell
post #13  on January 24, 2003 - 2:06 PM PST  
Ah, you caught me: was more into music and opera rather than film if I was in the City for the evening.

Ever since I was 6 until I left England, I've attended about 10 to 20 Proms performances every summer and it's always been a family tradition for everyone to go together on the penultimate night every year for what is usually Beethoven's 9th. The RAH is a great place to perform in. You always get such a buzz.

I will also sneakily confess that for 7 years I worked in the city near St. Paul's so I really don't have an excuse, do I? If it helps to let you know that I often went to lunchtime concerts and always went to one or two evening performances every week then maybe you won't think me such a philistine.
Eoliano
post #14  on January 24, 2003 - 3:55 PM PST  
I knew it. It had to be music or theatre. Yeah, RAH is a wonderful venue, indeed. I managed to hear quite a few concerts there as well as RFH, Covent Garden and god knows where else, after all, it was 35 years ago. However, since I was into the theatre arts there, but was also, and always have been, a filmgoer. I did see innumerable plays, too. RSC and Old Vic, as well as in the West End and Royal Court. It was something of a golden era.

Eoliano
post #15  on January 25, 2003 - 6:23 PM PST  
>> not sure if this is good or bad...but i'm not a big minghella fan...

I doubt that whether one likes Minghella's films or not has anything to do with his capabilities of running BFI, and since BFI is not an exclusive club for British cinema, what matters, what is really important, is that someone who is dedicated to World Cinema is at the helm.

Eoliano
post #16  on January 30, 2003 - 7:14 PM PST  
>> I will also sneakily confess that for 7 years I worked in the city near St. Paul's ... If it helps to let you know that I often went to lunchtime concerts and always went to one or two evening performances every week then maybe you won't think me such a philistine.

That makes up for quite a bit! Did you ever get St. Martin's?
harrizonn
post #17  on February 5, 2003 - 9:24 AM PST  
I really enjoyed 24 Hour Party People... best english film i've seen a while...

steven

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