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Alfie

Lewis Gilbert / UK / 1966 / 114 min.

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For Alfie, the only real life is sex life. Only then, can he kid himself he is living. Sex is not used as the working-class boy's way to "the top". Executive status has no appeal for Alfie. Nor has class mobility. He is quite content to stay where he is, as long as the "birds" are in "beautiful condition", as he assures us they are in one of the candid, over-the-shoulder asides to the camera which this movie carries over from Tom Jones (1963). This movie shows how much of the "swinging 60s" quality of London life was a male creation, and through the dominance of the fashion photographers, a male prerogative.  


Smashing Time

Desmond Davis / UK / 1967 / 96 min.

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Two young women from England's northern counties; the plain Brenda and the flamboyant Yvonne, arrive in London to find fame and fortune. Misdirected and separated, they strike out on their own with Yvonne becoming a model and Brenda a waitress. After Brenda sabotages Yvonne's date whom takes advantage of her, they lose their jobs and soon the roles are reversed with Brenda succeeding as a model and Yvonne becoming a waitress. With both of them competing with the other, they soon learn that they have to team up to take on their adversaries in order to succeed.


Privilege

Peter Watkins / UK / 1967 / 103 min.

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Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in Britain loves him. His handlers begin to use his popularity for projects like increasing the consumption of apples after a bumper crop as an aid to farmers. The handlers decide that Steven should support God and Country next... Steven is very plastic in his direction, shifting as his handlers point him toward new projects until he meets Vanessa Ritchie, an artist who makes him look at what's happening.  


Performance

Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg / UK / 1970 / 105 min.

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Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner (Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones), a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent. 


Blow-Up

Michelangelo Antonioni / UK, Italy / 1966 / 111 min.

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A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. Then he meets a mysterious beauty, and also notices something frightfully suspicious on one of his photographs of her taken in a park. The fact that he may have photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together.


Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Clive Donner / UK / 1968 / 96 min.

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Jamie McGregor (Barry Evans) is a virginal sixth-former in a Swinging Sixties new town, delivering groceries for the local supermarket. However he is more interested in sexual matters and sets out to lose his virginity by attempting to seduce the local girls – Linda, Paula, Caroline, and his dream girl, Mary. He ultimately succeeds in bedding the sexually aggressive Audrey, only to learn too late that sex isn't as important as he initially believed.


Darling

John Schlesinger / UK / 1965 / 128 min.

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Young, attractive and vivacious, model Diana Scott (Julie Christie) is firmly decided to become rich and famous as well. To succeed, she does not hesitate to take bold steps. After a while, she literally strikes gold: she meets Robert Gold (Sir Dirk Bogarde), a well-known television journalist, who not only introduces her into new social and professional circles, but also abandons his family to live with her. Diana seems to have happily combined success and love. However, in those roaring sixties, others are ready to offer her even more money, fame, and, seemingly, fun than Robert can. 


If...

Lindsay Anderson / UK / 1968 / 111 min.

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In an indictment of the British public school system, we follow Mick and his mostly younger friends through a series of indignities and occasionally abuse as any fond feelings toward these schools are destroyed. When Mick and his friends rebel, violently, the catch phrase, "which side would you be on" becomes quite stark. This drama by Lindsay Anderson represents a typical product of the times when it was created – the restless and revolutionary sixties. Almost each shot makes us feel the huge rage of the young generation which can be damped down only by breaking the values of the British middle class of that time. The cast is dominated by Malcolm McDowell (the bastard from Kubrick´s Clockwork Orange).


Tonite Let's All Make Love in London 
+ Pink Floyd London '66-'67

Peter Whitehead / UK / 1967 / 100 min.

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Peter Whitehead's disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled "A Pop Concerto", comprises a number of different "movements," each depicting a different theme underscored by music: An early version of Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive" plays behind some arty nightclub scenes, while Chris Farlowe's rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Out of Time" accompanies a young woman's description of London nightlife and the vacuousness of her own existence... The Pink Floyd short film features rare full length performances from the legendary "14 hour Technicolor Dream" extravaganza in April '67 at Alexandra Palace. 


Bronco Bullfrog

Barney Platts-Mills / UK / 1969 / 83 min.

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Del (Del Walker), a young apprentice, and his 15-year-old girlfriend Irene (Anne Gooding) have no money and nowhere to go. Angry and frustrated, they turn to Bronco Bullfrog – fresh out of borstal and living an independent lifestyle – for a taste of fun and freedom. Powerful and authentic, this movie is fascinating record of the then-emerging suedehead subculture, largely improvised by a non-professional cast of teenagers from East London. 


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Mr. Jones

Agnieszka Holland / UK, Poland, Ukraine / 2019 / 119 min.

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Based on real events, the dramatic thriller "Gareth Jones" chronicles a British investigative journalist as he travels deep into the Soviet Union to uncover an international conspiracy, covering up an artificially aroused famine in the Ukraine. His life-or-death journey inspires George Orwell's "Animal Farm". The director of the film is Agnieszka Holland. We show it in the preview.


My Generation

David Batty / UK / 2017 / 85 min.

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British actor Michael Caine has lent his voice to a documentary on the pop culture of the 1960s. Directed by David Batty, 'My Generation' immerses you in English icons from the Rolling Stones to the famous model Twiggy. With incredible archive footage, influential songs and interviews with 1960s icons such as Paul McCartney, David Bailey and David Hockney, Michael Caine takes us to the very heart of the 1960s London pop culture. 


Last Christmas

Paul Feig / UK / 2019 / 102 min.

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Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa's elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true. A new British film, scripted by Emma Thomson, will be shown in the preview. 


The Beatles: Made on Merseyside

Alan Byron / UK / 2018 / 87 min.

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Made on Merseyside discovers how American rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues dragged post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Sound. Featuring revealing interviews from those involved in the early years of The Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg and unique archive, the incredible story of The Beatles' previous band formations and why it took so long for them to achieve success makes riveting viewing.