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The Three Cinemas of Academy Street
November 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
A one hour illustrated free lecture by Lawrence Sutcliffe (Highlands of Scotland Film Commission) on the history of the three cinemas that once called Academy Street home: The Empire (originally the Central Hall Picture House), Kelso’s La Scala, and The Playhouse. What prompted their building? Who ran them? And what did they show?
This talk takes place on Thursday 8th November, 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, at Eden Court, Inverness. Refreshments are available. Although this talk is free, booking is essential as places are limited and can be made via this link.
The talk forms part of Eden Court’s Film Festival (7-11 November), during which we delighted to announce three special screenings of films shown at the three cinemas on Academy Street.
THE PLAYHOUSE 7 November: The Red Shoes – 1948 Booking via: https://tinyurl.com/yd53vkwj
Even in a career as littered with cinematic masterpieces as that of The Archers, the working partnership of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes stands out as something special. Vicky Page (Shearer) is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov (Walbrook), urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster (Goring). Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.
UK 1948 133 mins
Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger Starring: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring
THE EMPIRE 8 November: Bonjour Tristesse – 1958 Booking via: https://tinyurl.com/y7mzdulc
Bonjour Tristesse, adapted from the debut novel of Francoise Sagan, tells the story of Anne (Kerr) who travels to the French Riviera to visit Raymond (Niven), the wealthy husband of her recently deceased friend. His pampered daughter, Cecile (Seberg), is afraid that Anne’s visit may put an end to their hedonistic lifestyle, and attempts to drive a wedge between Anne and her father, with the help of his young French mistress. Director by Otto Preminger uses the unusual technique of mixing colour and black and white sequences, and his characteristically cool objectivity, mobile camerawork and expert framing are all on show in this long neglected film.
UK/USA 1958 94 mins
Director: Otto Preminger Starring: Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg
LA SCALA 9 November: The Devil Rides Out – 1968 Booking via: https://tinyurl.com/yaedfrxc
By the mid 1960s Hammer were looking to branch out from their classic repertoire of Frankenstein, Dracula, and Mummy films. The studio decided to tackle a topic which had until that time been too taboo even for these horror specialists: Satanism. The Devil Rides Out (aka The Devil’s Bride), based on the 1934 novel by Dennis Wheatley, was adapted by Richard Matheson (I am Legend) and directed by Hammer stalwart Terence Fisher. The film offers a rare opportunity for its star, Christopher Lee to play a heroic lead, as Nicholas, Duc de Richleau he investigates the strange behaviour of the son of a friend, who has a house replete with strange markings and a pentagram.
UK 1968 95 mins
Director: Terence Fisher Starring: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi