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The Virgin Suicides, 1999.

Cinema Rediscovered on Tour

Cinema Rediscovered – the UK’s leading festival of classic cinema and film restorations – is back for its seventh edition. We celebrate their return to cinemas with a selection of two short films seasons at Storyhouse: ‘Look Who’s Back‘ and ‘Restored & Rediscovered‘.

19 August – 13 September

Look who’s back: The Hollywood Renaissance & the Blacklist

Look Who’s Back invites you to re-think the youth-orientated image of the Hollywood renaissance, suggesting that we should not overlook the vital contribution of a group of middle-aged, liberal-minded, formerly blacklisted creatives.

Return to the late 1960s and 1970s with the bitter-sweet New Hollywood classic Midnight Cowboy, Sidney Lumet’s tense police drama Serpico, and the Oscar-nominated antidote to the blaxploitation cycle, Claudine.

Much has been written about the renaissance in Hollywood cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The fact that this is often portrayed as a moment when a younger generation got its chance in the mainstream has meant that the contribution of a previous generation of Hollywood voices, those blacklisted in the 1940s and 1950s in particular, has been overlooked. In fact, the 1960s saw the return to the mainstream of a number of film professionals who had been blacklisted in the anti-communist drive within the Hollywood film industry in the late 1940s and 1950s. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, when America was experiencing social and political upheaval – the fight for civil rights and the anti-war movements – these filmmakers once persecuted for their progressive politics were now more in tune with the times. As a result, they found fresh collaborators in the new American cinema of the period. This strand invites audiences to re-think the contribution of Hollywood’s blacklistees to American cinema in the late 1960s and 1970s. Far from being a spent creative force as they are often represented, these films show that formerly blacklisted directors, actors and screenwriters made a vital contribution to the re-invigorating of cinema in one of American film’s most creative eras.

– Season Curator Andy Willis (Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator at HOME in Manchester).

Restored & Rediscovered

Experience some of the latest new restorations and rediscoveries on the big screen, including: Sofia Coppola’s dreamy yet devastating directorial debut The Virgin Suicides, Kavery Kaul’s electric Calypso music documentary One Hand Don’t Clap, and a stylistically daring and vibrant pulp trip through 1990s Hong Kong in Life Is Cheap… But Toilet Paper is Expensive.

Presented as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project.
With support from BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery, Park Circus and MUBI.

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