Director: James Whale. Starring: Claude Rains, USA 1933. 72 mins.
Claude Rains made his American film debut as Dr Griffin, H.G. Wells’s scientist turned invisible psychopath. Helped along by some impressive matte work and trick photography, Rains conjures his considerable screen presence through voice alone.
Director: Jack Arnold. Starring: Julie Adams, Richard Carlson. USA 1954. 79 mins.
A half-human, half-fish creature – another iconic creation from the Universal special effects team – disrupts a research party deep in the Amazon, and kidnaps a beautiful young scientist in the process.
Two of the world’s most original filmmakers, the identical Quay Brother twins, have been making their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for over 30 years, spawning an enormous cult following and many high profile admirers, from Terry Gilliam to Christopher Nolan. A passion for detail, a breathtaking command of colour and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement make their films unique and instantly recognizable. Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, they are masters of miniaturization and their tiny sets create a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.
The collection contains three new 35mm prints of their work, alongside a brand new short from Christopher Nolan revealing the inner workings of their studio.
In Absentia (Dir Quay Brothers. UK 2000. 19 mins)
Quay (Dir Christopher Nolan. US 2015. 8 mins)
The Comb (Dir Quay Brothers. UK 1990. 18 mins)
Street of Crocodiles (Dir Quay Brothers. UK 1986. 21 mins)
Written by Quentin Tarantino, TRUE ROMANCE is a hip, hard-edged story of modern love – a fast-paced tale of romance surviving in a violent world.
Shy, lonely comic-book boffin Clarence (Slater) meets Alabama (Arquette), his dream girl, during a triple bill of old kung fu movies at a local cinema. After a whirlwind courtship, violence erupts and the couple find themselves on the run from police and gangsters alike. Firmly rooted in pop culture, the film bears many of the classic Tarantino hallmarks: razor-sharp dialogue, outbursts of visceral violence, and numerous cinematic references, in this case to BADLANDS and SOMETHING WILD among others.
Now on a digital print for the very first time, TRUE ROMANCE looks bigger, brasher, badder and more stylish than ever.