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To celebrate Friday’s releases of both 'The Death of Stalin' (in Curzon Cinemas) and 'I Am Not A Witch' (In Cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema), we have curated a collection of satirical gems that boldly challenge issues that affect us. Few films are as potent as Spike Lee's wildly original gun-control musical ‘Chi-Raq’. History, 'Tristram Shandy' and the art of film filmmaking merge to give Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon a wild trip in Michael Winterbottom's 'A Cock and Bull Story', while ‘Listen Up Philip' presents us with a deconstruction of an American literary giant. 'Computer Chess' captures the early days of domestic technology and alternative therapy treatment, while in 'Holy Motors' cinematic conventions are turned on their head. If 'The Brand New Testament' and 'Force Majeure' offer smart examinations of middle class life, then ‘Leviathan’ – echoing Iannucci's critique of Stalin – presents a more urgent challenge to the power of Russia's present commander in chief, Vladimir Putin.
"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
This collection features a range of iconic looks from on-screen characters who ooze finesse, elegance and sophistication. These films run the gamut, from stylish, fabulously kitsch and knowingly-retro takes on the horror genre like 'The Love Witch', to the savvy intelligence of sleek thriller 'Miss Sloane'. Whether it’s the effortlessly chic French icon Isabelle Huppert in the taut ‘Rien Ne Va Plus’, a glamourous Jennifer Aniston in super smart crime caper ‘Life of Crime’, or a woman beginning to discover her true self in the compelling ‘Laurence Anyways’, all of the characters featured in these films express themselves through their bold and individual look. Max Factor, in association with Curzon, is celebrating the big-screen experience by launching a series of online make-up tutorials to recreate the looks of some of the most glamorous and iconic movies. To find out more visit: curzoncinemas.com/maxfactor
From established auteurs to exciting up-and-comers, this collection showcases the 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 female directors will rekindle your love for great on-screen stories. It's important to note that these are only a handful of the compelling films we have to offer from women directors 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
The critically-acclaimed 'Daphne' has arrived on Curzon Home Cinema and to celebrate its release we've curated a collection of films that feature young female protagonists who are determined to forge their own path in life, even if it goes against what's expected of them. They range from teens in the US who refuse to abide by societal norms ('Ghost World', Diary of a Teenage Girl') and a young woman setting out on a journey across the American landscape (Michelle Williams in 'Wendy and Lucy'). From Turkey, 'Mustang' features five siblings battling a restrictive and oppressive household, while a young Mongolian girl boldly challenges the gender divide in 'The Eagle Huntress'. Two very different brave and rebellious women dominate the British films 'Fish Tank' and 'Lady Macbeth', while in 'Sonita' a young Afghan woman uses rapping to voice the precarious position she finds herself in. 'Rosetta' explores a teenage girl's economic plight laid bare, and a Japanese office worker finds her calling on America's open roads in 'Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter'. Finally, in the frenetic, fast-paced and real-time thrill ride 'Victoria', a Spanish traveller becomes embroiled in an overnight heist.
Is cinema just us dreaming in a wakened state? Film has long been associated with dreams, whether they're images that stem from our subconscious or a more fevered state where reality and dreams merge into one. To coincide with the release of 'On Body and Soul' - released exclusively in Cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema Friday 22nd September - in which a relationship is lived out through one couple's dreams, we have curated films that explore the edges of our waking life and, in some cases, tip into nightmares. They span the globe, from the sensuous rapture of the Thai countryside ('Cemetery of Splendour'), the hubbub of Mexico City ('Frida') and bright lights of L.A. ('The Neon Demon') to the deserted streets of Paris at night ('Holy Motors'), a Scandinavian country retreat ('Melancholia') and an Alpine village besieged by a malevolent force ('The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'). Threats come from other people ('Wake in Fright') or unknown spirits ('The Wailing') and forces ('The Falling'). Dreams take over a space explorer's life in Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Solaris', while 'mother!' director Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' finds reality distorted by all kinds of drugs and opiates. And in 'Enter the Void', French enfant terrible Gaspar Noé imagines that beyond our existence are souls dreaming of life.
Louis Malle’s documentaries - made available in HD for the first time in the UK by Curzon - are a fascinating companion to his more famous feature work. From drinking wine on the Tour de France to capturing life on the Indian sub-continent, Louis Malle’s documentaries are a memorable record of worlds gone by. Malle started his career as a documentary filmmaker, winning an Oscar with Jacques Cousteau for their film ‘The Silent World’. Soon after, Malle made his feature debut with the riveting thriller ‘Lift to the Scaffold’. But he never abandoned non-fiction filmmaking, returning every now and again to tackle subjects that interested him. The centrepiece of which is the epic ‘Phantom India’ and its companion, ‘Calcutta’. Like Michelangelo Antonioni’s equally epic 1973 portrait of China, Malle’s films are a stunning document, full of rich and memorable moments.
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'.
Like Road Movies? Meet the master – Wim Wenders. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Wenders directed a body of films that rank amongst the greats of contemporary cinema. They include the loose German road movie trilogy 'Alice in the Cities', 'Wrong Move' and the epic 'Kings of the Road' (The finest European Road movie ever made? We think so). Then there's 'The American Friend', the scintillating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 'Ripley's Game', and 'State of Things', in which the obsession of the filmmaking process, a sci-fi drama and a moving homage to legendary American filmmaker Nicolas Ray are all wrapped up into one striking film. There are masterpieces too. 'Buena Vista Social Club' is both a musical road movie across Cuba and a riveting history of a legendary band. 'Wings of Desire' finds angels watching over the citizens of pre-unified Berlin, just as one of their flock falls in love with a trapeze artist and comes crashing down to earth. And finally 'Paris, Texas', co-written by the late, great Sam Shepard. A wonderful evocation of Americana – both fictional and real – it's a haunting and profound mediation on relationships, individuality and the pain of separation, all set to a haunting, magisterial score by Ry Cooder.
Louis Malle is one of the greatest French directors. Never recognised officially as a member of the French New Wave, Louis Malle’s feature career began at the same time and with a similar level of exuberance. After co-directing the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Silent World' with Jacques Cousteau, Louis Malle made his debut with the Miles Davis-scored 'Lift to the Scaffold'. An electric jolt of a thriller, it made a star of Jeanne Moreau, who also appeared in the director’s second film 'The Lovers' which caused major controversy because of the film's sexual nature. Malle caught the craziness of the 1960s with the delightful 'Zazie dans le Metro' and made one of his most intense films of that decade with 'The Fire Within'. Over the next 30 years, he produced an eclectic body of work that spanned youth angst and the rise of the feminist movement in the 1970s ('Black Moon'), social drama ('Milou en Mai') and a frequently hilarious deconstruction of the art of drama ('My Dinner with Andre'). Above all, Malle is likely to be best remembered for two of the most powerful films about occupied France. 'Lacombe, Lucien' was shocking in its time for the way it challenged assumptions about the role of the Resistance during the Second World War. While the semi-autobiographical 'Au Revoir les Enfants' is a moving tale of two boys’ – one Jewish, the other gentile – experiences under Nazi rule. This collection is the perfect place to begin a journey into this extraordinary director’s work.
How safe is your home? From domestic drama and psychological thriller to grindhouse horror and war film, the domestic space has been the perfect location to explore the frailties of both our body and psyche. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Philippe Van Leeuw's powerful drama 'Insyriated', now showing exclusively in Cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema. To accompany the release of this film, we've curated a selection of powerful dramas that transform the home into a place of threat. It can come from within ('Bug', 'Mustang', 'Childhood of a Leader, 'Goodnight Mommy'), from the arrival of strangers ('Berlin Syndrome', 'Funny Games', 'Disorder'), the people that govern us ('Leviathan') or something supernatural ('Under the Shadow'). Home is not always where the heart is.
From the streets of Cuba to Brighton seafront, these music documentaries 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.
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.
We focus on the environment in this collection as we take a look at films that explore our surroundings and people's relationships to them. We follow 82-year-old glaciologist Claude Lorius to the icescapes of Antartica as he sounds the alarm for the global warming crisis in 'Ice and the Sky'. The Jacques Cousteau biopic 'The Odyssey' tells the story of one man's passion for the natural world before our impact on it became fully apparent. Its extraordinarily beautiful marine sequences are matched by the rapture of the images in Amazonian drama 'Embrace of the Serpent' and the austere look of the Palme d'Or winner 'Winter Sleep', which transforms the Anatolian countryside into a painterly series of landscapes. Our engagement with the wild is the subject of two celebrated documentaries (Werner Herzog's 'Grizzly Man' and Wim Wenders' 'The Salt of the Earth'), and also a hilarious comedy ('Hunt for the Wilderpeople').
Historically, Cinema has often done a poor job of portraying both the lives and characters of older people in an accurate and interesting way, often slipping into clichés. These films, however, are some of the exceptions; telling stories in which their central characters are often adventurous, energetic, strong, funny and, importantly, completely central to the narrative. As these films show, growing old can be as novel and perplexing as growing up, and equally as entertaining.
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.
In cinema at least, the road has always been mankind's great leveller. Synonymous with virtually all styles and genres, the road movie never ceases to reinvent itself, often powerfully reflecting the times in which it was made.
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.
Ever the hotbed for innovative and uncompromising film making, we celebrate the independent spirit of American Cinema with this eclectic selection of films.
Since Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' showed that documentary could compete with blockbusters, a rich array of documentary films have passed across our screens. We've picked a selection of the very best that entertain, provoke and open a window on worlds far and near. From war zones to race tracks, a life in photographs to religious induction, this selection offers some of the best documentary features from around the world.
From Pablo Larraín's satire about the movement against Pinochet's re-election in 1988 Chile ('No'), to the Oscar-nominated documentary that initiated a confrontation with the perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide ('The Looks of Silence'), we pay homage to the enduring spirit of activism.
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.
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.
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.
A filmmaker whose strong visual style is as bold as is his engagement with society past and present, Pablo Larraín has rapidly risen to the top rank of world cinema. As well as directing films, Larraín has producing credits on 'Nasty Baby' and 'Gloria'. After attracting acclaim for his 2005 debut ‘Fuga’ - only on Curzon Home Cinema, ‘Tony Manero’ skilfully explored contemporary Chile life through the eyes of a man obsessed with John Travolta’s anti-hero from ‘Saturday Night Fever’, even down to his wearing that flared white suit. Larraín bagged an Oscar nomination for ‘No’ - an account of the movement that led to Pinochet being democratically deposed which balances drama with a satirical edge, shifting seamlessly between docudrama and outright farce. ‘The Club’ is arguably Larraín’s most fully realised film to date – a searing indictment of corruption in the Catholic church and an extraordinarily beautiful drama. Larraín’s most recent films explore a more personal side to history. Shot back-to-back, ‘Jackie’ gives us a portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy’s coming to terms with her husband’s death and the wholesale upheaval of her world in the days following JFK’s assassination, while ‘Neruda’ is a playful exploration of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet’s escape from his country in the 1940s. Both films excel at imagining the interior lives of their characters – flawed human beings made immortal by the trappings of fame.
Although love - falling into and out of - is a cinema staple, marriage often doesn’t feature until just before the credits role. These films are some of the exceptions and although dramatically different in their portrayal of married life they all address head-on the wonderful complexities of sharing your life with another person. Like all great storytelling what is seemingly one thing at the start is, by the end, something else entirely.