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Jim Jarmusch Presents…

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Culture Shock roundel-01Culture Shock and Picturehouse Central has proudly teamed up with iconic American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch for an exclusive season of films that inspired him.

Jarmusch’s latest cinematic treasure, Paterson starring Adam Driver, arrives in cinemas on Friday 25 November. Picturehouse Cinemas are hosting exclusive previews on Sunday 20 November. Book tickets.

Visit picturehouses.com/jimjarmuschpresents to book tickets for the Culture Shock season at Picturehouse Central. Programme details below.


Tuesday 6 December

The Night Of The Hunter (12)

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Director: Charles Laughton.
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce. USA 1955. 93 mins.

In rural America in the Depression-ridden 1930s, two children are menaced by a psychotic preacher (Mitchum) on the trail of money stolen by their desperate father. Part expressionist thriller, part magical fantasy of evil defeated by goodness and innocence, Charles Laughton’s only film as director is one of the most influential and celebrated of cult movies.

Contains theme of threat to children.

Jim Jarmusch’s Verdict:
Charles Laughton’s only film as a director, featuring Robert Mitchum’s scariest character (second only to his role in Cape Fear). Beautifully photographed in black and white by Stanley Cortez.


Tuesday 13 December

Point Blank – 35mm (15)

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Director: John Boorman.
Starring: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson u. USA 1967. 92 mins.

One of the definitive films to emerge from Hollywood in the late ’60s, this hard-nosed adaptation from Richard Stark’s The Hunter owed much to European influences that Boorman brought with him from England.

Jim Jarmusch’s Verdict:
John Boorman’s post-noir masterpiece, based on the dark, existential crime fiction of Richard Stark (Donald Westlake). With one of Lee Marvin’s best performances, and a fantastic Angie Dickinson.


Tuesday 20 December

Performance (18)

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Directors: Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell.
Starring: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michele Breton, Anthony Valentine. UK 1970. 105 mins. Colour.

Unique, psychedelic and kaleidoscopic, establishing Roeg at a stroke as a major and inimitable talent in British cinema in the 70s.

Jim Jarmusch’s Verdict:
Nic Roeg and Donald Cammell’s psychedelic “gangster” film set in London, with indelible performances by Mick Jagger, James Fox, and Anita Pallenberg. One of my favourite rock ’n’ roll movies.


Tuesday 27 December

In a Lonely Place (PG)

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Director: Nicholas Ray.
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Robert Warwick. USA 1950. 94 mins.

“Ray’s classic thriller remains as fresh and resonant as the day it was released.” – Time Out

Jim Jarmusch’s Verdict:
Nick Ray skewers Hollywood in his most personal and cynical film. With Humphrey Bogart’s greatest performance ever and a truly amazing Gloria Grahame.


Tuesday 3 January

The Navigator – with Soundtrack (U)

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Directors: Buster Keaton, Donlad Crisp.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire. USA 1924. 59 mins.

One of Keaton’s funniest features sees him trying to cope on an ocean liner single handedly, or so he thinks. Unbeknown to him, the lady he wants to marry is also adrift with him. After an (unintentional) hilarious game of hide- and-seek they settle down and enjoy their time together until they sight land, which in turn leads to the threat of cannibals. A laugh-a-minute treat.

Jim Jarmusch’s Verdict:
My favourite American film director and his fictional fiancé are alone and adrift on a large ship at sea. With beautiful visual gags and classic Keaton-esque tenderness.


Tuesday 10 January

Evil Dead II (18)

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Director: Sam Raimi.
Starring: Bruce Cambell. USA 1987. 84 mins.

“Using the same breathless pacing, rushing camera movements and nerve-jangling sound effects as before, Raimi drags us screaming into his cinematic funhouse. Delirious, demented and diabolically funny” TIME OUT

Jim Jarmusch’s Verdict:
Sam Raimi’s truly deft mixture of grotesque horror and hilarious comedy. My absolute favourite in the Evil Dead series.


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