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Essential Cinema

The Assassination of Jesse James | 35mm | Fri 19 - Mon 22 Sep

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.