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The Producers: 50th Anniversary Restoration at Picturehouse cinemas (5 August)

Picturehouse cinemas across London| 5 August Mel Brooks’ uproarious Oscar-winning comedy The Producers returns to cinemas in a stunning 50th anniversary 4K restoration on August 5th, including a special Mel Brooks introduction from Turner Classic Movies. Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a washed up Broadway producer forced to romance old ladies to finance his plays. […]

The Best Shakespeare on Film Events in London this season

This year marks 400 years since the Bard shuffled off this mortal coil, and there are a batch of film events around the capital to mark the date from April onwards, many being found at the BFI and Barbican and other cultural centres. THe entire project is part of Shakespeare Lives, organised by the British […]

The RSC’s Shakespeare Live event to air in cinemas on 23 April

Thursday 23 April, 8.15. Picturehouse Cinemas. Also check RSC website for more participating venues. This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and there will be a variety of film events that will tie in to the date. The BFI have a huge, diverse season planned, which you can read about here, but the […]

Finally restored; Abel Gance’s epic 1927 film Napoleon will return at the Royal Festival Hall

Finally restored by the team –  led by the tireless Kevin Brownlow- at the BFI National Archive after decades of work, Abel Gance’s 1927 epic silent Napoleon will screen for the public on Sun 6 Nov 2016 at 14:00 at the Royal Festival Hall. The film played to sell out crowds back in 2013, but this is […]

In honour of David Bowie, a reposted review of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence: one of his most memorable onscreen appearances

At the time of writing this, the death of music legend (and occasional actor) David Bowie at age 69 is dominating headlines globally, and with good reason. Writers far better acquainted with his life and work should be left to write their obituaries and overview features, but this editor would like to contribute a tiny […]

Blade Runner is back: the sci-fi classic returns to cinemas in April

Appropriately for a film about replicants – androids that are indistinguishable from real humans – Ridley Scott’s dystopian sci-fi classic Blade Runner has had no less than seven different versions shown to audiences over the decades since its production. But in 2007 – the 25th anniversary of the original release – Scott  returned to the studio to oversee […]

See all the Smoke Screen London Film Festival Coverage here

Smoke Screen has been about and on the move throughout the BFI London Film Festival 2014, and amongst some of our coverage, which is you can see here, we have: A review of festival launch gala film The Imitation Game, including coverage of the main LFF Q&A with star Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays WWII cryptanalyst […]

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