As always, there are some fab film events happening in London this week. Here are five of the best:
1.LOCO: ‘Dr Strangelove’ 50th Anniversary
The London Comedy Film Festival, or LOCO, is only a couple of years old, but it’s swiftly grown into the capital’s foremost celebration of funny films. This year’s festival kicks off with US indie comedy ‘Doomsdays’ about a highly unorthodox hiking trip, and includes strands dedicated to Mexican comedy (it’s the new big thing!) and British classics from ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’ to ‘Four Lions’, plus a handful of previews including the wonderful ‘We Are the Best!’ and ‘Gone Too Far!’ (see below). But the event that caught our eye was this celebratory screening of Stanley Kubrick’s satirical masterpiece ‘Dr Strangelove’, featuring a chance to hear the director’s widow, Christine Kubrick, and his longtime producer Jan Harlan discuss their memories of the making of the film. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. 6pm. Sat Jan 26 – £8.50-£12.10.
2. Eyes Without a Face
Now here’s a unique opportunity: to catch a screening of one of the eeriest, most influential horror movies inside a temporary ’60s-style picture palace built for the National Theatre’s immersive stage production ‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable’. ‘Eye Without a Face’ is an incredible amalgam of horror and fairytale in which scalpels thud into quivering flesh and the tremulous heroine remains a prisoner of solitude in a waxen mask of eerie, frozen beauty. Illuminated throughout by director Georges Franju’s unique sense of poetry, it’s a marvellous movie in the fullest sense. Temple Studios, 31 London Street, W2 1DJ. 1.30pm, Sun Jan 26 – £50 with play, £15 without.
3. The Good, the Bad, the Unseen: Monochrome Madness
A double bill of black ’n’ white horrors, kicking off with legendary Mexican madman Coffin Joe’s deranged 1964 shocker ‘At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul’, in which the writer-director-star plays a gravedigger on the search for a suitable female to bear his twisted offspring. The night continues with a more recent (and, it must be said, inferior) effort, 1990’s ‘Singapore Sling’, the tale of a displaced shamus caught up in a bizarre sexual charade ritualistically enacted by a mother and daughter. No taboo is left unbroken as the film contorts itself into an explicit orgiastic nightmare of role-playing, degradation and fetishism. Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, E1 4UJ.7pm. Fri Jan 24 – FREE.
4. Alibi Film Club: ‘Salem’s Lot’
The rare theatrical cut of the surprisingly successful 1979 small screen adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire novel. In the Maine town of Jerusalem’s Lot, it slowly dawns on a writer that an antique dealer is a harbinger of blood-sucking evil. Edited down from the 190-minute, two-part TV movie, this cinema release version is slightly gorier and tighter than the original. Paring away the excessive plot exposition of Paul Monash’s teleplay, it places the emphasis on Hooper’s fluid camerawork, creepy atmospherics, and skilful handling of the gripping climax. The Alibi, 91 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB. 8pm. Mon Jan 27 – FREE.
5. A Nos Amours: ‘News From Home’
This highbrow film club continues its celebration of all things Chantal Akerman. In this 1976 essay film, Akerman explores the disjunction between European myths about New York – with its monumental cityscapes and cinematic glamour – and the reality, a place of hopeless ghettos and monotonous suburbs. In counterpoint to cinematographer Babette Mangolte’s powerful images of the city, the soundtrack consists of banal letters from a petit bourgeois Belgian mother to her daughter in New York. A considerable contribution to the hinterland area between narrative cinema and the avant-garde. ICA, Nash House, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. 7pm. Thu Jan 23 – £10, £8 concs.
For the full list, go to Time Out’s film events page.