Going to see Play Time (which was wonderful) got me thinking about which films I'd choose to show if I got the run of a cinema for a day. Alphaville was on the shortlist and a bit of rooting around on the internet found it in its entirety on Google video. It was put up by a fan of the other "Big in Japan" Alphaville, for reference presumably.

For anyone that hasn't seen it, it's Jean-Luc Godard's futuristic sci-fi film noir with modern (mid 1960s) Paris playing the part of Alphaville, the city that's lost its soul. There's a good review here that describes it as "Humphrey Bogart Through the Looking Glass". It's simple and complex, beautiful and strange. I'm not a big Godard fan but could watch this over and over. It's weird, but not too weird and staggeringly beautiful in parts. Anna Karina looks foxy throughout. I started watching it yesterday afternoon but it's really the kind of film you need to watch with the lights out and a bottle of wine.

What would you pick if you could show one film at the pictures?

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort by Jacques Demy, 1967, with Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, George Chakiris & Gene Kelly.

the big sleep. too tired to explain why more than it's wonderful

That's an excellent start. Maybe we can hijack a cinema at some point. I've never seen Les Demoiselles de Rochefort - must have a look.

Hidden City, Film 4, 1988. Dir. Stephen Poliakoff, with Charles Dance, Cassie Stuart, Bill Paterson, Richard E. Grant.

It's got conspiracy, missing film footage, abandoned tunnels under London - most atmospheric and distinctly 1980s in it's style.

A cinema hijack sounds a very good idea. Perhaps it could be combined with a charabangalang to some appropriate sites?

Billy Liar
is 93 minutes of tragi-comic perfection. A man really can Lose Himself In London. As a bonus I'd show The Apartment, too. Another flawless film.


The Punch & Judy Man starring Tony Hancock for me . . . although Billy Liar and the Big Sleep sounds like a very fine double bill.

Simon James x

Can't disagree with any of the above.

If we're going to have Les Demoiselles de Rochefort why not have a double bill with Les Parapluis de Cherbourg?

I do love French films - but can't exactly tell you why - other than that they still seem terribly exoctic


Night of the Hunter - mainly for the scenes when they float down the river at night to escape evil Robert Mitchum, and the little girl starts singing a really eerie song - one of the weirdest bits of film I've seen.

Time of the Gypsies by Emir Kusturica.

Greatest cinema film I ever projected...

Anyone got a copy of 'Hidden City?' I would be very keen to get hold of it!


'A Matter Of Life And Death' if we're doing favourite films.

But, if we only had one shot, maybe we should pick something that doesn't get screened a lot? Like 'Nice Time'? Or 'O Dreamland' - because I didn't even know that existed until you put the link up on I Like...

I was working on that premise, Spud. Not necessarily your favourite film but something you might not see anywhere else and/or something that would be better on the big screen.

Great selection so far.

thanks to the link to Alphaville...one of my fave films of all time! :-*

There's something wonderful about seeing silent films on the big screen. A couple of years back the Filmhouse showed the 1928 documentary St. Kilda: Britain's Loneliest Isle (a snippet of which can be found here ) with live piano accompaniment, which was amazing, really magical. So maybe I'd choose that and a collection of other silent films from the NLS archive. Is that really geeky and lame?

Or maybe the 1966 BBC Alice in Wonderland.

David - my pleasure.

Jamie - not at all. Great choices. The St Kilda film sounds amazing and I love that Alice in Wonderland. So dark compared to other versions.

That's so strange - I've just watched that St Kilda film yesterday - it's included as an extra on the DVD of Michael Powell's Edge of the World, which is a fantastic drama based on the evacuation of St Kilda


Actually, the time I saw it at the Filmhouse was as part of a double bill with Edge of the World, part of the Edinburgh Film Festival Powell/Pressburger retrospective. Edge of the World was great though!

St. Kilda would be an amazing place to visit, but quite difficult to get to now. To think that once a boat ran from the industrial metropolis of Glasgow straight out to such a lonely island...

great question.
I love " play time" and alphaville is great as well.

It's hard to decide .. maybe marcel carne's children of paradise of kinji fukusaku's Yakuza papers- Battles Without Honor and Humanity

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