DR STRANGELOVE, OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB
(95 minutes) M
Peter Sellers in Dr Strangelove.
Stanley Kubrick dared to play nuclear war for laughs in his groundbreaking satire, which shocked the world in 1964. Peter Sellers plays three roles including the wheelchair-bound ex-Nazi scientist of the title, opposite George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden as gung-ho American military men. Restored version, digitally projected. Astor, Sat 8 June 7.30pm, Sun 9 June 2pm, 4pm and 7pm.
THE THREEPENNY OPERA
(112 minutes) Unrated 18+
G.W. Pabst’s 1931 musical about honour among thieves departs from the Brecht and Weill original, a huge hit when staged in Berlin a couple of years earlier. But the implied equation between crime and business remains, along with the fanciful London underworld setting and many of the supremely sardonic songs. Screens at the closing night of the German Film Festival. Digitally projected. Como, Sun 9 June, 7.15pm.
(113 minutes) MA
Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson in High Life.
Science fiction but not as we know it, this confounding, alarming flight of fancy marks the English-language debut for French director Claire Denis (Beau Travail). Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche lead the international cast as unwilling astronauts doomed to travel further and further from home. Cinema Nova.
THE LITTLE PRINCE
(88 minutes) G
Based on the classic children’s book about an innocent young space traveller (Steven Warner), Stanley Donen’s 1974 musical is a bit fey, a bit psychedelic and more than a bit disturbing. Guest stars include Gene Wilder as a skittish fox and Bob Fosse in full depraved hipster mode as a deadly snake. Screens as part of the Children’s International Film Festival. Digitally projected. Lido, Sun 9 June, 4pm.
HAPPY AS LAZZARO
(127 minutes) M
The third and most ambitious feature from Italian director Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders) is a magic-realist fantasia with a number of surprises up its sleeve. Played by non-professional Adriano Tardiolo, the protagonist is a simple-minded innocent from a seemingly traditional peasant community, though it turns out that modernity isn’t far away.
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