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The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 28 May:
ALPHAVILLE (Jean-Luc Godard, France 1965).
Even when working with genre conventions in his early films Jean-Luc Godard had no interest in making conventional movies and Godard's sole venture into science fiction
is no exception... Pulp-fiction secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine), a character originally created by British writer Peter Cheyney and which Constantine had
already played in many films, travels to the dystopian, technocratic world of Alphaville... where individualism has been all but eliminated... Despite the film's futuristic setting,
Godard uses no special effects and no sets, but only actual locations in Paris, the city's modern (at the time) glass and concrete architecture convincingly signifying its
dystopian vision. The seemingly endless corridors of office buildings through which Raoul Coutard's camera tracks indicates just how impersonal the world had already become.
- Keith Grant, Sight and Sound.
Anyone can join the Film Society in the half hour before the film starts, or immediately on line.
Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. In the Main Cinema, to mark NZ Music Month, a selection of film and TV shows. An episode or two of cult 1980s music show Radio with Pictures,
a doco about a music icon, or catch a feature film with a completely Kiwi soundtrack.
As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.
Film Festivals to note:
Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival 2018,
Embassy 24 May - 10 June.
NZIFF - Wellington 2018. Embassy, Readings, Nga Taonga and suburbs, 27 July - 12 August.
The first few titles have been announced, as well as a central location to replace the Paramount.
If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster
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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 -
Until 10 June. Now in its 7th year, this brings to audiences a large selection of films that showcase the very best in architecture and design from around the world.
This year's festival showcases the lives and lessons of favourite architects, along with delving into landscape and fashion design and looking at new takes on
working with the environment, including the food we grow and eat.
THE BOOKSHOP -
Courage is the central theme of this delightful film about books, passion and dreams. Adapted from Penelope Fitzgerald's novel by Spanish director Isabel Coixet, the film is
replete with a wonderful sense of place as well and its clearly described protagonist who imbues characteristics to which we can all aspire. It is a hero's journey, whereby the
hero is an unassuming widow with the gumption to follow her dream, stand by her principles and simply 'carry on'.
Also Penthouse, Empire, Lighthouse, Coastlands and Shoreline.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY -
Like its title character pulling off a crazy scheme just in the nick of time, this is a swashbuckling success, a space adventure that pays homage to the DNA of the original films
while carving out its own unique space in the canon. It's a sheer delight, but it also has the courage to explore the darker aspects of a character who could have all too easily
been polished to an inoffensive, family-friendly Disney sheen. Solo represents the most refined iteration yet of the new Disney / Lucasfilm formula - and cements
longtime series screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan's place as the defining voice of the Star Wars universe.
Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey and Coaslands.
DUCK DUCK GOOSE -
Released to zero fanfare - arriving with virtually no marketing and not a single pre-release review - this is lowest common denominator animated fare at its most soul-suckingly
bland. Your kids, nephews, nieces and proximate littl'uns - whatever their relation - deserve so much better than this, to say nothing of yourself.
Also Readings Courtenay and Coaslands.
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