What's on at National Media Museum - Vintage Sundays
An epic aviation film, based on Tom Wolfe's book, which charts the history of flight from Chuck Yeager's (Sam Shepard) legendary sound barrier-breaking flight in the 1940s, to the first men in space in the 1960s. The story centres on the relentless efforts of several US pilots to break all records set before them, finalising in the US space exploration programme of the 1960s, in which seven pilots were chosen to represent America in the heated space race with the Russians.
Duncan Jones' contemporary classic, Moon, is back on the big screen for Vintage Sunday, screening alongside Georges Méliès' iconic short film from 1902, A Trip To The Moon.
Sam Bell has been a faithful employee of Lunar Industries for three long years. His home has been Sarang, a moon base where he has spent his days working alone. Two weeks shy of his departure from Sarang, Sam discovers that Lunar Industries have their own plans for replacing him… and the new recruit is eerily familiar.
Adapted from the novel by Stanislaw Lem, Solaris remains one of Tarkovsky's most famous films. Remade many years later by Steven Soderbergh, this original version of Solaris is a meditation on the nature of desire and memory, and the self-imposed walls that keep us from realising our greatest wishes.
Tarkovsky reportedly re-shot more than 40% of the film, despite the constant protestations of his Soviet Film Board superiors. The film's visual sense and pacing are extraordinary, while the central idea of a man's wish to correct the mistakes of his past is given a cinematic quality that is its exact visual equivalent.
Heralded in 1968 as the most striking sci-fi film ever, Stanley Kubrick’s epic meditation on human evolution shines brilliantly almost half a decade later. The film opens with the discovery of a mysterious monolith by prehistoric, ape-like hominids. The narrative then jumps to the 21st century, when a scientist (William Sylvester) landing on the moon discovers an identical obelisk. Eighteen months later, a pair of astronauts (Dullea and Lockwood) journey to Jupiter in search of the monoliths with the aid of their omnipresent speaking computer, known as HAL 9000 (eerily voiced by Douglas Rain). The mission is fraught with tension and murderous intent as HAL begins to endanger the astronauts’ lives. Often regarded as a metaphor and moral allegory, Kubrick’s film is a visual tour de force with a stunning soundtrack.