22 Apr 2017
A Blonde in Love / Poor Cow
"[A Blonde in Love] made a great impression on me when it first came out; its shrewd perceptiveness, irony, warmth. It allowed characters time to reveal themselves. You weren’t manipulated like US films, but it was also pleasantly free of the stylistic devices typical of the French films". – Ken Loach
A BLONDE IN LOVE, 7.30 pm
Miloš Forman, 1965 | 81 min | B/W | 35mm
With sixteen women to each man, the odds are against Andula in her desperate search for love – that is, until a rakish piano player visits her small factory town and temporarily eases her longings. A tender and humorous look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, A Blonde in Love immediately became a classic of the Czech New Wave and earned Miloš Forman the first of his Academy Award nominations.
This bittersweet romance from Miloš Forman, unfolds as a sweetly seductive film but also provides a wry critique of life under totalitarianism. Forman is able to distil universal truths from the simplest of situations and present them with a sharp yet compassionate eye. A Blonde in Love remains a tender and beautifully observed story about the seemingly impossible odds of young romance and youthful aspiration under totalitarianism. Aided by Miroslav Ondríček's wonderful camerawork, and with Ivan Passer (director of Intimate Lighting) as assistant director and co-scriptwriter, the pleasures to be gained here are immense.
POOR COW, 5.30 pm
Ken Loach, 1967 | 102 min | Colour | DCP
This snapshot of '60s London stars Carol White as young mother Joy. Beautiful, free-spirited and resilient, Joy is nevertheless struggling to cope while her brutal, uncaring husband (John Bindon) is in jail. Clutching at any slight chance of happiness, she falls for his associate, Dave (Terence Stamp) - but with heart-breaking results. Loach depicts Joy's world with typical care, showing how her plight derives from a set of social circumstances largely outside her control. Full of '60s colour and music - including the music of Donovan - it's also stylistically innovative, with an improvised spontaneity and Joy providing first-person narration over the soundtrack. It all serves to create a slightly distanced, ironic tone - offset by the film's tender compassion for, and thoughtful involvement in, its subject.
Tickets: £10 / £8 conc. / £6 Close-Up members
Box Office: 02037847970
Part of The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement (22 - 30 April 2017, Close-Up)
Organised and curated by the Czech Centre London and Close-Up Film Centre.
In partnership with National Film Archive. Supported by Techo.
Close-Up Cinema, 97 Sclater St, London E1 6HR
22 Apr 2017