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British cinema has never been so exciting. Gone are the days when audiences could only expect to see country houses or council estates in a British film. A new age of filmmakers, writers and actors around the country and from all walks of life have made British cinema more vibrant and diverse than it's ever been.
Can we ever really capture a life on film? This collection offers a wide range of portraits, both in close up and from the widest perspective, of historical figures. What emerges is less an accurate history of each subject than an interpretation of their life, aiming for a truth that embodies their struggle, work or how they related to others. From royalty, in Alberto Serra's intimate account of the dying days of the great French monarch in 'The Death of Louis XIV', to artists, writers and first ladies, this collection presents a compelling tapestry of past lives.
Experience the world through the eyes of one of France's greatest filmmakers. Agnès Varda was making new wave films before the French New Wave existed. This curated retrospective shows why she is a vital presence on the landscape of cinema. Her first feature was 'La Pointe Courte' (1955), a drama set in a fishing town that appeared four years before the debut of Truffaut and Godard. 'Cléo from 5 to 7' (1961) captured the carefree atmosphere of early 1960s Paris through its real-time portrait of a pop singer awaiting important news, while the rapturously colourful 'Le Bonheur' (1965) exposes hypocrisy and the fairness of gender relations in family life. If 'Vagabond' (1985) presented a raw account of life for one rootless woman – featuring a stunning performance by Sandrine Bonnaire – and 'Jacquot de Nantes' (1991) presents a lyrical portrait of Varda's late husband Jacques Demy's early life, her more recent films engage in her own style of personal documentary. Taken together, 'The Gleaners and I' (2000) and 'The Beaches of Agnès' (2008) are joyous celebrations of the world around us and the people that inhabit it.
The inimitable French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in more than a hundred films over the past four decades, honing an unparalleled talent. As well as gathering numerous accolades including a BAFTA and Best Actress Awards in Cannes, she has worked with an astonishing array of directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Michael Haneke, and Claire Denis. Huppert has a unique flair for bringing to life complex, interesting, and three-dimensional women characters. Her onscreen intensity and strength have firmly cemented her as one of the most beguiling actors of her generation.
Lurking in the shadows of mainstream cinema, this collection of films have acquired fame and influence thanks to their ultra-committed cinephile followers, revelling in their genre-bending, boundary-pushing and explicit content. Whether you are eager to experience the thrill of watching a long-lost favourite or making your first underground discovery, you’ll experience the same strange and wonderful feeling after hitting the play button.
A special selection of brave, fearless tales from some of the LGBT community's best loved, funniest and most provocative filmmakers. This collection explores the blood, sweat and substance of modern gay life, as well as looking back at the weirdos and outcasts who fought fabulously for the freedom that queer people, and queer cinema, enjoy today. Exclusively curated by Peccadillo Pictures.
From the streets of Cuba to Brighton seafront, these films explore the lives, loves and extraordinary careers of our most favoured (and most loathed) musical icons. Whether you're a soul fiend or a die-hard Pistols fan, this eclectic mix of iconic and inspirational artists has something for every eye and ear.
Ever the hotbed for innovative and uncompromising film making, we celebrate the independent spirit of American Cinema with this eclectic selection of films.
From established auteurs to exciting up-and-comers, this collection showcases boundary-pushing films made by cinema’s most talented women. With a variety of themes, a plethora of complex characters, and an assortment of technically outstanding cinematographic techniques, these directors will rekindle your love for great on-screen stories. These are just a handful of the compelling films we have to offer from women directors. Discover more in the Curzon Home Cinema catalogue.
To all new customers, welcome to Curzon Home Cinema! We're really pleased that you've taken the time to register, so we'd like to offer you your first film for free. This curated selection of films showcases what we're all about and we're confident you'll enjoy what we have to offer. Choose a film from this collection and then apply the voucher code linked to your welcome email to enjoy a film for free. For more info please visit: welcome.curzonhomecinema.com
Fancy taking the ride of your life? Retribution, distrust, anger and violence form the heart of these mind-bending, atmospheric and suspenseful thrillers that will have your heart pounding long after the credits have rolled. There's something of the surreal in director Denis Villeneuve's ('Arrival') 'Enemy' and more than a pinch of the baroque in Nicolas Winding Refn's ('Drive') 'Only God Forgives'. And if perceptions of reality are warped in 'Disorder', 'The Gift' and 'The Girl on the Train', 'Stranger by the Lake' suggests that the cat isn't the only thing at risk when our curiosity is piqued.
"As a reasonably longstanding Oxford resident, the arrival of a Curzon in the rebuilt Westgate shopping centre is fantastic news for the city's cineastes. I can't say Oxford itself has a massive cinematic tradition, though it gets by on providing the backdrop for numerous student-oriented literary films such as 'Brideshead Revisited' and 'Testament of Youth'. (Quite where 'Oxford Blues' fits into all this is anyone's guess.) The list I've come up with is a sort of secret playlist of the films I'd like to see the Oxford Curzon programme at some point – all of them personal favourites of one kind or another. One of them – the Oscar winning 'Ida', directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, has hidden associations with Oxford: one of the key characters, the state prosecutor, was inspired by someone he met and became friends with while he lived in the city." - Andrew Pulver, Film Editor at The Guardian
Curzon Home Cinema is please to be partnering with The New Black Film Collective in delving into titles from around the African Diaspora. The selection reflects the variety and complexity of the black experience but also demonstrates the common humanity that should unite us rather than divide, especially in these politically uncertain times. We explore the history of racism in the United States through the reminisces of author James Baldwin in the Oscar-nominated 'I Am Not Your Negro'. Spike Lee transports Aristophanes' classical play 'Lysistrata' to downtown Chicago in 'Chi-Raq' and we are blessed with the home-grown 'Gone Too Far', set in London's Peckham. From documentary to supernatural horror, these titles bust through the stereotypes to honour the familiar everyday lives of black people.
The work of Cult Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki has been made available in HD for the first time in the UK by Curzon. Kaurismäki is internationally-renowned for his distinctively spare yet heartfelt character studies of society’s underdogs. Characterised by their sardonic and humanist power, this collection seeks to celebrate the deadpan, ironic and idiosyncratic works that have established Kaurismäki as one of contemporary European cinema’s most accomplished directors.
This selection of films all take unique perspectives on the process of filmmaking and most compellingly give an insight into the people who make them.
When it comes to sex, nothing is conventional... Let us take you on a journey to the more explicit side of intimacy. Sure, there's more than a little romance here, but in their portrayal of unbridled desire these films pull no punches. Danger lurks around the corner, but lust can be all consuming. Just be careful who you watch these with. Most importantly, turn down the lights, sit back and 'chill'.