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Barbican Highlights February 2016
Screening in the cinemas this February will be some of the best new releases including Spotlight, Trumbo, A Bigger Splash, Mavis!, and Little Girl Blue.
This comedy from Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress) follows the fortunes of Charlotte and Alice, two twenty-somethings who work in publishing by day, and by night frequent the disco club scene of 1980s New York. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.
The first event curated by this years Barbican Young Programmers - a group of 14 to 24 year olds who meet each month. See website for more details.
Tue 9 Feb 8.40pm, Cinema 2
Following a screening of director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed dramatisation of the creation of Facebook, Network pioneer Michelle Girvan explains how her field of research reflects and is reflected in our social lives. Girvan discusses how social media websites like Facebook, which have dramatically transformed the nature of human interactions, are invaluable to scientists because they generate and store massive amounts of Big Data that can be used to gain new insights into human behaviour.
Sun 21 Feb 4pm, Cinema 1
The Barbican launches a series of masterpieces of German Expressionist cinema, which took visual style and set design to the furthest extreme. The rarely screened film From Morning to Midnight is one of the most radical works of the German Expressionist movement, and uses stylized sets designed by Robert Neppach. The film will be accompanied live by Stephen Horne on piano, flute and accordion, and Martin Pyne on percussion.
This series of films presents the less saccharine aspects of love. Includes screenings of Normal Love; Who Killed Teddy Bear; The Mother and the Whore; and 2046.
Each of the films are screening in either 35mm or 16mm prints.
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Fri 11 Feb 7.30pm, Frobisher Auditorium 2
Eames scholar Pat Kirkham explores the Eameses fascinating and varied relationships with the Hollywood film industry, ranging from design commissions and advisory positions on celebrated films such as Wilders Love in the Afternoon (1957) and The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), to their support of those affected by the political blacklisting of Hollywood professionals during the McCarthy era. This talk is part of The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition in the Barbican Gallery until 16 February.
Wed 3 Feb 6pm, Cinema 1
Opera Soprano Renée Fleming introduces a special screening of American Voices, the documentary made around the festival she created and hosted at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington. The festival celebrated a variety of music from Classical to Broadway, Pop to Rock and Gospel, Jazz, and Country, and brought together some of Americas greatest singers for a host of performances, masterclasses, and open discussions about the future of the craft. Featuring performances from Renée Fleming, Diane Reeves, Eric Owens, Alison Krauss, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Kim Burrell.
This event is part of the Barbicans Artist Spotlight on soprano Renée Fleming.