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Essential Cinema

The City of Lost Children | 26 July

Every month we present ‘Essential Cinema’ a screening of a forgotten masterpiece, a new digital restoration, or simply a fantastic film we want everyone to see.

The City of Lost Children (La cité des enfants perdus) / 15

Sat 26 Jul, 3pm - BOOK TICKETS
All tickets £3

Dir. Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork
France/Germany/Spain 1995, Format: DVD, 1hr 48mins, subtitled
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To mark the arrival of Jeunet’s wonderful family film T.S. Spivet we wind the clock back to screen his second feature film, 1995’s surreal masterpiece The City of Lost Children. In an alternative steampunk society, crazed scientist Krank kidnaps children to steal their dreams in the hope it will slow his ageing process. When ex-strongman One’s little brother is taken, he teams up with resourceful orphan Miette to rescue him from Krank’s off-shore lair. Bursting with ten times the ideas and energy of mainstream cinema, it’s a dark, inventive and strangely heart-warming work.

The Big City [Mahanagar] / PG

Sat 9 & Sun 10 Aug - SHOWTIMES & TICKETS
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Cast: Madhabi Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee
India 1963, 2hrs 13mins, subtitled
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As we are screening Charulata at the end of August we present Mahanagar, another film from Satyajit Ray, a key filmmaker in the history of Indian cinema. Restored last year by the BFI, Mahanagar is a warm and witty account of housewife Arati in mid 1950’s Calcutta, who offers to help her struggling husband support his extended family by going to work as a door-to-door saleswoman. As she thrives in her new career, Arati faces opposition from her increasingly insecure husband and conservative father-in-law.