RSC Shakespeare on Screen
9 - 31 Jan, Cinemas 1 & 2
A special film programme created to complement the King and Country plays in the Theatre. Shakespeare on Screen will uncover highlights from 50 years of Shakespeare in performance. Nine titles have been selected from the huge archive of RSC work captured on stage or reconceived for film and television, and include Trevor Nunn’s iconic 1979 production of Macbeth with Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, originally performed at The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon, Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959) with Charles Laughton as Bottom in a rarely-seen partial recording of Hall’s staging which was filmed on three cameras for American television in the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Gregory Doran’s production of Hamlet (2009) filmed on location in an abandoned seminary in North London, with David Tennant in the title role. Questions about the RSC’s involvement with film and television and the challenges of translating stage productions to the screen will be discussed with current RSC artistic director Gregory Doran and other guests to be announced.
The Barbican hope to welcome several special guests to the stage to introduce the films including actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Janet Suzman (subject to availability).
See website for full details.
Sat 16 - Sun 17 Jan, Cinema 3
To celebrate the festival returning to the Barbican and other London venues for its 40th year, the Cinema will be screening two classic films that celebrate the circus arts; Carol Reed’s Trapeze starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida and The Circus, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin.
Trapeze (U) (US 1956 Dir Carol Reed 105 min)
Sat 16 Jan 4pm, Cinema 3
The Circus (U) (US 1028 Dir Charlie Chaplin 72 min)
Sun 17 Jan 4pm, Cinema 3.
Voices Appeared: The Orlando Consort+ La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc
Fri 29 Jan 8pm, Jerwood Hall LSO St Luke’s
Vocal ensemble The Orlando Consort provides the haunting and ethereal live soundtrack to Carl Theodore Dreyer’s silent film about the trial of Joan of Arc.
Architecture on Film
Wed 13 Jan 7pm, Cinema 1
A special evening celebrating the design duo’s unique and influential experiments in the moving image. The screening will be followed by discussion with Eric Schuldenfrei (ESKYIU, author ‘The Films of Charles and Ray Eames: A Universal Sense of Expectation’, Routledge 2014), Amy Gallick (Library of Congress) and Eames Demetrios (Eames' grandson and director of the Eames Office).
Silent Film and Live Music
Sun 24 Jan 4pm, Cinema 1
A brilliant Buster Keaton double bill which sees Keaton hop on to a freight train and befriend Brown Eyes the cow in one film, whilst joining an American Indian tribe in a fight against evil oil barons in the other.
Go West (US 1925 Dir Buster Keaton 68 min)
The Paleface (US 1992 Dirs Buster Keaton, Edward F Cline 22 min)