This week’s screenings: Dollars / Daisies / Last Laugh
June 7, 2010
— Electric Sheep Magazine
This week’s screenings: Daisies (1966) / Der Letzte Mann [The Last Laugh] (1924) / For a Few Dollars More [Per qualche dollaro in più] (1965)
Electric Sheep Film Club: For a few Dollars more
WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE, Prince Charles Cinema 8:15pm : FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
In Sergio Leone’s masterful follow-up to A Fistful of Dollars, Clint Eastwood is a laconic money-driven bounty hunter who forms an uneasy partnership with Lee Van Cleef’s justice-seeking Colonel Mortimer as they pursue Gian Maria Volonté’s deranged, psychotic bandit. Add Klaus Kinski to that already phenomenal cast, and you have one hell of a movie, with Leone’s cynical world view, sadistically inventive violence, black humour and epic grandeur enriched by Ennio Morricone’s lush score. This one absolutely has to be seen on the big screen to appreciate its full splendour!
Guest speaker: Ian Rakoff, screenwriter, film editor, comic book collector, author of Inside The Prisoner: Radical Television and Film in the 1960s, and writer of ‘Living in Harmony’, the Western episode of Patrick McGoohan’s TV series The Prisoner, who will introduce the screening with a discussion of Westerns with Electric Sheep’s Alex Fitch.
Listen to Alex’s first interview with Ian, about writing The Prisoner and his experiences in the world of film…
FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of For a Few Dollars More and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. Howard Hughes, author of Spaghetti Westerns (Kamera Books), a well-researched, detailed analysis of the genre illustrated with rare colour posters and stills, will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 24 June. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in July
8.15PM, WEDNESDAY 9 JUNE
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY
The Roxy’s Extraordinary Film Season – Daisies + Live Jazz rescore
Daisies (Chytilová 1966) – A fabulous, entertaining Czech surrealist film, with a live jazz improv score from band Monkey See Monkey Do, and introduced by Electric Sheep magazine editor Virginie Sélavy.
Part of the Czech 60’s new wave and made with the support of a state-sponsored studio the director Věra Chytilová was subsequently blacklisted because of the supposed waste of food and the lack of important message. Exactly the kind of anarchistic, punk movie we like then. The loose narrative follows the adventures of two girls as they revolt against a decaying and oppressive society through various pranks, mischief and an epic food fight. Hilarious, entertaining and wholly unique. And if that wasn’t enough, the excellent Monkey See Monkey Do* jazz group will be performing an improvised live score to the film. One of the highlights of the season. Read the review in Electric Sheep Magazine…
*Monkey See Monkey Do, a live electronic jazz group from Leeds, debuted their first Film Club project at the 2008 Green Man Festival, performing an improvised accompaniment to the Czech classic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. This was followed by the first performance of their new score for Daisies at a special event at the 2009 Leeds International Film Festival. Their score for Daisies mixes free jazz and blues with electronic and ambient sounds, topped off with large amounts of collective improvisation to create a very immediate and personal reaction to the film. Watch out for future projects at www.monkeyseemonkeydouk.com
(£5 cover charge / £2.50 members)
8pm, Monday 7th June, Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB
The Roxy’s Extraordinary Film season – The Last Laugh + live rescore
F.W. Murnau’s groundbreaking early movie, with a live rescore from The McCarricks and introduced by Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch.
The Last Laugh (Murnau 1924) is appropriately’ the last of the season at the Roxy, but certainly by no means the least, we finish on a high with the first live performance of a specially-commissioned rescore by The McCarricks to a movie that shocked and amazed on its release with its never before seen use of moving camera and point-of-view shots replacing any intertitles or dialogue. With director F.W. Murnau and lead actor Emil Jannings (who also contributed the idea for the ending of the film) at the height of their powers this was a masterpiece of the German Expressionism movement and a landmark movie in cinema history.
Read the review in Electric Sheep Magazine…
(£5 cover charge / £2.50 members)
8pm, Tuesday 8th June, Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB