August 05, 2004

Forthcoming attractions

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k-punk correspondent, the lovely Karl Kraft, draws my attention to the Frightfest season running at the Prince Charles Theatre, Leicester Square, at the end of August. Lots of interesting stuff, but the PKD-inspired Code 46 seems particularly intriguing.

Also - and you know how it pains me to promote anything at the Institute of Chattering Class Apathy, but Tarkovsky's Mirror is starting a run at the ICA starting a week on Friday. As I've said before, albeit none too articulately, I'd rate this, with Stalker and Solaris as amongst Tarvkovsky's finest work (some accolade, after all, for a director of his magnitude). It's more challenging than Stalker and Solaris which, for all their suspension of action in slow time, retain a conventional narrative. Mirror is much more oneiric, a memory-symphony. Its effect is like the best ambient music, effectuating a slowing of the body, a circumvention of the organism's agitative disontent-babbling. Seeing Tarkovsky at the cinema is always both more powerful and 'easier' than watching it at home on video or DVD: it's far harder to summon the conditions for entrancement in a domestic space full of distractions and business.

Also: me on Tarkovsky's spirtuality here.

Posted by mark at August 5, 2004 09:58 AM | TrackBack
Comments

re: 'Code 46': I'm afraid the words 'disaster' and 'total' leap to mind; it really is a missed opportunity. example: the end of the film has samantha morton in refugee-chic clothing SET TO A COLDPLAY RECORD.

Posted by: Henry Miller at August 5, 2004 11:06 AM

o dear...

Posted by: mark at August 5, 2004 11:15 AM

Deep Red is a wonderful, wonderful film.

Saw the original Toolbox Murders in The Odeon, Yeovil: starting Cameron Mitchell...better known as Buck from the High Chaparal (yikes, how do you spell that?). Currently available on DVD from Vipco for 5.99 from a branch of MVC near you.

Posted by: kek-w at August 5, 2004 08:46 PM

before sunset reminded me of coldplay.

also: I wd implore ppl to go see mirror.

Posted by: cozen at August 5, 2004 10:18 PM

liminema - tht brand of cinema where ppl don't act or talk like you're mind's assumptions project thus causing cognitive dissonance and the 'opening' up of a new, found space wherein the rest is of the action is played out, governed by the threshold's rules (see: lynch, tarkovsky, &... ?)

Posted by: cozen at August 5, 2004 10:41 PM

whres that manifesto then marky?

Posted by: luke.. at August 6, 2004 12:57 PM

Londoners might also be interested that Stalker is being screened at the National Gallery on Sat 14th August at 2.30pm and it's FREE

Posted by: minusone at August 6, 2004 01:08 PM

WHAT! WOW! What is the occasion for that minusone? Luke do you want to come to that with me? And yes, manifesto is on its way, don't worry, I've barely been home since I left you yesterday....

Posted by: mark at August 6, 2004 11:57 PM

it's a tie in with the russian landscapes show - there's a few other good things showing as well but that's the one that stood out

Posted by: minusone at August 8, 2004 08:41 PM

Oh yeh, that makes sense, have you seen that show? Read about it in the paper and was reminded of Tarkovsky --- looks incredible --- think I'll try and catch it before seeing the film...

Posted by: mark at August 9, 2004 08:54 AM

I haven't but I've heard it's good - might just do the same if it's not a scorcher

Posted by: minusone at August 9, 2004 03:49 PM