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Femme Fatales

Femme fatales

Production still from A Daughter Of Destiny

Alraune aka A Daughter Of Destiny 1927 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 108 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN INTERTITLES, DANISH SUBTITLES (LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: HENRIK GALEEN / ORIGINAL STORY: HANNS HEINZ EWERS / CINEMATOGRAPHER: FRANZ PLANER / PRODUCTION CO: AMA-FILM GMBH / PRINT SOURCE / RIGHTS: BUNDSARCHIVE 

A scientist (Paul Wegener) creates a female demon (Brigitte Helm) originally born to a hanged criminal and streetwalker. Raised as the scientist's daughter, Alraune quickly reverts to type, becoming a perverse seductress who plots a terrible revenge on the man who created her.

Wed 12 Nov 4.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from Pandora’s Box

Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora’s Box) 1929 PG
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 131 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN INTERTITLES (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: GEORG WILHELM PABST / SCRIPT: LADISLAUS VAJDA, NACH FRANK WEDEKIND / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GÜNTHER KRAMPF / EDITOR: JOSEPH R FLIESLER / PRODUCTION CO: NERO-FILM AG, BERLIN / PRINT SOURCE: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE / RIGHTS: PRAESENS FILM

In the role that made her an icon, Louise Brooks plays Lulu, the magnetic, impassive vamp. A masterpiece of atmosphere, this is also one of the most sexually charged films ever made, thanks to Brooks' incendiary performance and the peculiar tastes of director Georg Wilhelm Pabst.

Wed 19 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema B

Production still from Diary of A Lost Girl

Tagebuch Einer Verlorenen (Diary of a Lost Girl) 1929 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 120 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN INTERTITLES (LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: GEORG WILHELM PABST / SCRIPT: RUDOLF LEONHARDT / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SEPP ALLGEIER / PRODUCTION CO: PABST-FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: TRANSIT FILM GMBH

Georg Wilhelm Pabst's second film with Louise Brooks, and like the first one (Pandora’s Box) ruthlessly attacked by the censors and cut everywhere it was shown. The restoration reveals another dark jewel. An unwed mother (Brooks) escapes from a brutal home for delinquent girls into the security of a brothel.

Wed 5 Nov 4.00pm / Cinema A

     

Production still from Blue Angel

Blaue Engel (Blue Angel) 1930 PG
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 109 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN / ENGLISH INTERTITLES / DIRECTOR: JOSEF VON STERNBERG / SCRIPT: ROBERT LIEBMANN, KARL VOLLMOELLER, CARL ZUCKMAYER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GUENTHER RITTAU, HANS SCHNEEBERGER / EDITOR: SAM WINSTON / PRODUCTION CO: UNIVERSUM-FILM / PRINT SOURCE: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE / RIGHTS: TRANSIT FILM GMBH

Marlene Dietrich’s defining role as the langourous sex goddess who brings down an inflated, self-pitying school teacher (Emil Jannings). This is the sardonic cabaret film that put German talkies on the map and brought Dietrich to America.

Sun 2 Nov 1.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from The Scarlet Empress

The Scarlet Empress 1934 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 110 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JOSEF VON STERNBERG / SCRIPT: CATHERINE II, MANUEL KOMROFF / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BERT GLENNON / EDITOR: SAM WINSTON, JOSEF VON STERNBERG / PRODUCTION CO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO LENDING SERVICE / RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT

Josef von Sternberg’s version of Catherine the Great’s Life. The director himself characterized the film as “a relentless excursion into style” dominated by Marlene Dietrich and her brilliant fantasist of a fashion designer Travis Banton. Dietrich brings to the role what Judy Bloch calls her female machismo, and Sam Jaffe gives a worrisome performance as her bug-eyed royal husband.

Sun 2 Nov 3.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from Careful

Scarlet Street 1945 All ages
 35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 103 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: FRITZ LANG / SCRIPT: DUDLEY NICHOLS / ORIGINAL STORY: GEORGES DE LA FOUCHARDIÈRE, ANDRÉ MOUÉZY-ÉON / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MILTON R KRASNER / EDITOR: ARTHUR HILTON / PRODUCTION CO: FRITZ LANG PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

Inspired by Jean Renoir’s La Chienne, this is one of Frtiz Lang’s most visually intense and enigmatic Hollywood films. A homely, bourgeois Sunday painter (Edward G Robinson) rescues bewitching Joan Bennett from a fake assault. It’s a set-up, but here the victim turns dangerous and in the finale, works extraordinary variations on the classic German Street film formula.

Fri 7 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A