This January sees Barbican Cinema regulars continue with their endlessly varied programme, Live Performance screenings from the MET and National Theatre, and special events and festivals including Elvis at 80: Viva Las Vegas, screenings of Les Enfants du Paradis and The National Gallery.
Thursday 8 January 2015 marks 80 years since the birth of Elvis Presley, celebrated by a screening of Presley’s Viva Las Vegas after an hour-long talk by Adrian Wootton, recounting Elvis’s extensive career on the silver screen from 1956 to 1973. As Elvis stopped touring between 1958 and 1970, his films were the only way for his immense worldwide fan base to see and hear their hero in action. His films were incredibly popular and included the very songs that went on to become classics of his repertoire.
Les Enfants du Paradis, produced in France in 1945 and directed by Marcel Carné, meanwhile, is an epic romance story set in the Parisian theatre scene of the 1920s, following the beautiful actress (Arletty) and the four men who all fall in love with her. Finally, Frederick Wiseman’s new film The National Gallery takes a behind the scenes tour into the heart of London’s National Gallery, its inner-workings and its relationship with its staff, public and paintings.
Barbican regulars in January will include Silent Film with Live Music and Rep screenings: Berlin Calling; a season of five films from ‘70s and ‘80s West Berlin, a city whose reputation for radicalism and experimentation made it a mecca for artists, writers and musicians. There will also be Architecture on Film: Bernardes, a documentary tracing the life of Brazilian architect and playboy mid-century design star Sergio Bernardes; Punch-Drunk Love – a revisit of a classic romantic comedy featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson; and for families there are the Parent and Baby screenings and the Framed Film Club which will be all about grand adventures in January.
Performance Cinema meanwhile, include screenings of the MET Opera Live: Les Contes d’Hoffman and The Merry Widow – Susan Stroman’s MET début, a ?lavish staging of Lehár’s effervescent operetta, performed in English – National Theatre Live: Treasure Island, and Royal Opera House Live: Andrea Chenier which sees this fictionalised account of the last years of French poet Andrea Chénier return to the Royal Opera House for the first time since 1985.
Also screening in Barbican’s cinemas this January will be thrilling new releases including The Theory of Everything, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Whiplash and Inherent Vice.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.
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