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Essential Cinema

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 Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford / 15

Fri 19 - Mon 22 Sep - SHOWTIMES & TICKETS
Dir: Andrew Dominik
Cast: Casey Affleck, Brad Pitt
USA 2007, 2hrs 40mins, 35mm

Despite a soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Roger Deakins as cinematographer and a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell, Casey Affleck and Sam Shepard, Andrew Dominik’s film has remained criminally-underrated. A young 19-year-old who idolises the outlaw Jesse James joins his gang, but becomes resentful of the power his hero wields over him. An epic, elegiac Western presented as it should be - on 35mm, on the big screen, where it can be rightly heralded as a masterpiece.

The Deer Hunter /18

Fri 3 - Sun 5 Oct - SHOWTIMES & TICKETS
Dir: Michael Cimino
Cast: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep
UK/USA 1978, 3hrs 2mins, subs (parts)

"★★★★★ - The movie won five Oscars and, if anything, improves with age." - The Times
An unforgettable epic now digitally-restored, The Deer Hunter moves from the steel mills outside Pittsburgh to the jungles of Vietnam as it explores the devastating effect of war on a tight-knit American working class community.