In Sergio Leone’s masterful follow-up to A Fistful of Dollars, Clint Eastwood is a laconic money-driven bounty hunter who forms an uneasy partnership with Lee Van Cleef’s justice-seeking Colonel Mortimer as they pursue Gian Maria Volonté’s deranged, psychotic bandit. Add Klaus Kinski to that already phenomenal cast, and you have one hell of a movie, with Leone’s cynical world view, sadistically inventive violence, black humour and epic grandeur enriched by Ennio Morricone’s lush score. This one absolutely has to be seen on the big screen to appreciate its full splendour!
Guest speaker: Comic artists Tim Keable and Andrew Cheverton, creators of the ongoing West series, are no longer able to attend the screening but we are very pleased to welcome Ian Rakoff, screenwriter, film editor, comic book collector, author of Inside The Prisoner: Radical Television and Film in the 1960s, and writer of the Western episode of Patrick McGoohan’s TV series The Prisoner, who will introduce the screening with a discussion of Westerns with Electric Sheep’s Alex Fitch.
FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of For a Few Dollars More and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. Howard Hughes, author of Spaghetti Westerns (Kamera Books), a well-researched, detailed analysis of the genre illustrated with rare colour posters and stills, will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 24 June. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in July. Read the April winning review of Battle Royale.
Next screening: WEDNESDAY 14 JULY: Blaxploitation classic Foxy Brown!
In the latest Electric Sheep podcast, we’re looking at apocalyptic movies: Virginie Sélavy talks to John Hillcoat, director of the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in an interview recorded at last year’s London Film Festival, plus Alex Fitch talks to Helen McCarthy, a British expert on manga, anime and Japanese visual culture, in a Q and A recorded before the Electric Sheep screening of Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale at the Prince Charles Cinema.
The Roxy’s Extraordinary Film Season runs from April 4 to June 8 and ranges from a double-bill of The Wizard of Oz and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to a rare screening of 7-hour art-house epic Sí¡tí¡ntangí³, a double-bill of Alan Clarke’s original Elephant with Van Sant’s more recent Elephant, plus the likes of The Blues Brothers, Stalker, Akira, El Topo, Boiling Point and many many more.
There will be specially commissioned live rescores for Murnau’s The Last Laugh, Keaton’s The General, and The Colour of Pomegranates, a jazz improvised score to the Czech surrealist classic Daisies, and an electronic rescore of The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price playing in a double-bill with Night of the Living Dead.
All films will be introduced by guest speakers, including Electric Sheep writers and contributors Jason Wood, Ben Cobb, Alex Fitch and Virginie Sélavy.
The massively influential, acclaimed documentary from Errol Morris, with introduction by writer / programmer Jason Wood + a documentary on Philip Glass and a live performance of Glass’s The Metamorphosis for Piano, featured in The Thin Blue Line. One of three documentaries screening as part of the season, The Thin Blue Line is quite unarguably an extraordinary documentary, from one of cinema’s most distinctive and influential filmmakers.
Sunday 30th May, starts 2pm: Enter the Dragon + Boiling Point + Hard Boiled
‘Gun-Fu’ day with a treble bill of classic Hong Kong action movies with Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch and Resonance FM presenter Zoe Baxter introducing.
Two films released a year apart that pushed the boundaries of the Western genre, introduced by film writer Ben Cobb. First up, Sam Peckinpah’s Western, classically placed in… Cornwall. With no horses. But this has Peckinpah’s classic themes of masculinity, territory and of course, violence; here ratcheted up a notch with an extraordinary rape scene that provoke outrage, shock and discussion perhaps not equalled until Gasper Noe’s Irreversible. El Topo follows, from the near legendary Mexican Alejandro Jodorowsky who stars, directs, writes, composes, etc. etc. Insane, theatrical hallucination? Surreal, ultra-violent Western?
Fabulous, entertaining Czech surrealist film, with a live jazz improv score from band Monkey Say Monkey Do, and introduced by Electric Sheep magazine editor Virginie Sélavy. A fabulous, riotous surrealist movie from the Czech 60’s new wave. The loose narrative follows the adventures of two girls as they revolt against a decaying and oppressive society through various pranks, mischief and an epic food fight. Hilarious, entertaining and wholly unique. The excellent Monkey Say Monkey Do jazz group will be performing an improvised live score to the film.
F.W. Murnau’s groundbreaking early movie, with a live rescore from The McCarricks and introduced by Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch. The season ends on a high with the first live performance of a specially-commissioned rescore by The McCarricks to a movie that shocked and amazed on its release with its never before seen use of moving camera and point-of-view shots replacing any intertitles or dialogue. With director F.W. Murnau and lead actor Emil Jannings (who also contributed the idea for the ending of the film) at the height of their powers this was a masterpiece of the German Expressionism movement and a landmark movie in cinema history.
ART BY CHANCE Ultra Short Film Festival airs on more than 20 countries and 100 cities worldwide. For this festival, you don’t need to buy a ticket or go to a movie theatre! Movies just pop into your lives in subways, buses, airports, shopping malls, trains, sports centers, art galleries, museums, cafes and bars! Internationally selected and themed creative short films catch you unexpectedly while traveling in the subway, waiting at the airport, shopping or just strolling around. Digital screens scattered around the city your host for this festival.