London Film Festival 2009

Recently restored and rediscovered classics.

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Araya (Country: Venezuela, France; Year: 1959; Director: Margot Benacerraf; Writer: Margot Benacerraf, Pierre Seghers; Stars: José Ignacio Cabrujas, Laurent Terzieff)
Study of a Venezuelan saltworks.
Dirigible (Country: US; Year: 1931; Director: Frank Capra; Writer: Frank Wead, Jo Swerling, Dorothy Howell; Stars: Jack Holt, Ralph Graves, Fay Wray, Hobart Bosworth, Roscoe Karns, Harold Goodwin, Clarence Muse, Emmett Corrigan, Richard Alexander, Bess Flowers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Edward Hearn, Selmer Jackson, Eddie Kane, Kenneth MacDonald)
Aeronautical heroes compete to be first to the South Pole.
Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam) (Country: France; Year: 1967; Director: Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais; Writer: Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Jacques Sternberg; Stars: Anne Bellec, Karen Blanguernon, Bernard Fresson, Maurice Garrel, Jean-Luc Godard, Chi Minh Ho, Valérie Mayoux, Marie-France Mignal, Fidel Castro)
Protest film condemning America's war of aggression in Vietnam.
Interviews With My Lai Veterans (Country: US; Year: 1971; Director: Joseph Strick; Writer: Joseph Strick; Stars: Richard Hammer)
Soldiers talk about the massacre at a Vietnamese village.
J'accuse! (Country: France; Year: 1919; Director: Abel Gance; Writer: Abel Gance; Stars: Romuald Joubé, Séverin-Mars, Maryse Dauvray, Maxime Desjardins, Angèle Guys, Mancini, Elizabeth Nizan, Pierre Danis)
Abel Gance's monumental indictment of military aggression and the insanity of the First World War.
Jubal (Country: US; Year: 1956; Director: Delmer Daves; Writer: Russell S Hughes, Delmer Daves, Paul Wellman; Stars: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Valerie French, Felicia Farr, Basil Ruysdael, Noah Beery Jr., Charles Bronson, John Dierkes, Jack Elam, Robert Burton, John L. Cason, Michael Daves, Juney Ellis, Don C. Harvey)
Laila (Country: Norway; Year: 1929; Director: George Schnéevoigt; Writer: Jens Andreas Friis, George Schnéevoigt; Stars: Mona Mårtenson, Tryggve Larssen, Harald Schwenzen, Peter Malberg, Cally Monrad, Henry Gleditsch, Finn Bernhoft, Lilly Larson-Lund, Ibe Brekke, Aslag Aslagsen Sara, Rasmus Christiansen, Alice O'Fredericks, Mattis Morotaja)
Silent epic set in Norway's frozen north, where a foundling child is rescued by reindeer herders.
Leave Her To Heaven (Country: US; Year: 1945; Director: John M. Stahl; Writer: Jo Swerling, Ben Ames Williams; Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Mary Philips, Ray Collins, Gene Lockhart, Reed Hadley, Darryl Hickman, Chill Wills, Guy Beach, Audrey Betz, Olive Blakeney, Ruth Clifford, Harry Depp)
Melodrama about a ruthless woman driven to cruel acts of jealousy by her dad complex.
Muscle Beach (Country: US; Year: 1948; Director: Irving Lerner, Joseph Strick)
Documenting weightlifters and onlookers on the sand at Santa Monica.
The Night Of Counting the Years (Al-mummia) (Country: Egypt; Year: 1969; Director: Shadi Abdel Salam; Writer: Shadi Abdel Salam; Stars: Ahmed Marei, Ahmad Hegazi, Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim, Nadia Lutfi, Abdelazim Abdelhack, Abdelmonen Aboulfoutouh, Ahmad Anan, Gaby Karraz, Mohamed Khairi, Mohamed Morshed, Mohamed Nabih, Shafik Noureddin)
Based on the true story of a desert tribe plundering precious artifacts from the Tombs of the Pharaohs.
The Savage Eye (Country: US; Year: 1960; Director: Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick; Writer: Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick; Stars: Barbara Baxley, Gary Merrill, Herschel Bernardi, Jean Hidey, Elizabeth Zemach)
A look at the dark side of the Fifties, using documentary footage as part of the narrative.
Too Many Husbands (Country: US; Year: 1940; Director: Wesley Ruggles; Writer: W Somerset Maugham, Claude Binyon; Stars: Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas, Harry Davenport, Dorothy Peterson, Melville Cooper, Edgar Buchanan, Tom Dugan, William Brisbane, James Conaty, Sam McDaniel, Larry Steers, Jacques Vanaire, Billy Wayne, Dave Willock)
Screwball comedy, sees a woman find she is legally married to two men.
Topper (Country: US; Year: 1937; Director: Norman Z McLeod; Writer: Thorne Smith, Jack Jevne, Eric Hatch, Eddie Moran; Stars: Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Eugene Pallette, Arthur Lake, Hedda Hopper, Virginia Sale, Theodore von Eltz, J. Farrell MacDonald, Elaine Shepard, Doodles Weaver, Si Jenks, Three Hits and a Miss)
A couple of ghosts try to spice up a hen-pecked banker's life in this screwball comedy.
The Touch (Beröringen) (Country: Sweden, US; Year: 1971; Director: Ingmar Bergman; Writer: Ingmar Bergman; Stars: Elliott Gould, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Sheila Reid, Margareta Byström, Elsa Ebbesen, Dennis Gotobed, Staffan Hallerstam, Barbro Hiort af Ornäs, Åke Lindström, Ann-Christin Lobråten, Karin Nilsson, Maria Nolgård, Erik Nyhlén, Bengt Ottekil)
A seemingly happy housewife, embarks on an affair.
Vita Varieties ()
A dozen of Warner Bros. early sound shorts. Pack Up Your Troubles, The Country Gentlemen, Harpist Supreme, Retribution, The Bee And The Fox, Hilda, Oklahoma Bob Albright and his Rodeo Do Flappers, Sharps And Flats, Niagara Falls, English As She Is Not Spoken, The Surprising Fiddler and A Musical Melange.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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