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A Trick of the Light
The origins of German cinema are given life in one of Wim Wenders’ most charming and playful films, focusing on pioneering inventors, the Skladanowsky brothers.
Drama-documentary 1996 79 mins
Director: Wim Wenders
Working with a group of Munich-based film students, acclaimed director Wim Wenders celebrates a century of cinema by reappraising the importance of the Skladanowsky Brothers, one of the pioneers of early cinema. Part docudrama, part experimental re-enactment, this is Wenders at his most playful and imaginative.
Fictional recreations of the brothers’ development of the ‘bioskop’, a primitive version of the film projector, are framed by an interview with Max Skladanowsky’s surviving daughter, Lucie, whose reminiscences bring a forgotten world back to life. Ultimately, A Trick of Light is a meditation on the nature of film and its ability to capture the world around us, made by a director acutely aware of the medium’s limitations within a rapidly changing world.
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Drama-documentary 2008 107 mins Director: Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke mixes reminiscence and performance in his cool, measured, moving look at the changing fortunes of a Chinese factory-turned-shopping mall
Filmmaking in Focus
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Documentary 2011 75 mins Director: Robert Fischer
Immersive and informative look at the production of this surreal, seductive film, with contributions from cast and crew.
Documentary 2000 99 mins Director: José Luis López Linares
José Luis López-Linares and Javier Rioyo’s incisive documentary about Luis Buñuel.
Documentary 2014 75 mins Director: André Singer
An unforgettable, compelling account of the production and subsequent restoration of a withheld film recording the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1945.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2006 71 mins Director: Elio Gelmini
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Featuring Udo Kier
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2015 119 mins Director: Guy Maddin
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Horror 1977 101 mins Director: Dario Argento
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Directed by Wim Wenders
Fantasy 1987 128 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Crime 1971 103 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Documentary 1985 92 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1989 81 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Period drama 1972 90 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Drama 2004 124 mins Director: Wim Wenders
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Horror 2001 119 mins Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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Science Fiction 1988 91 mins Director: Vincent Ward
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Documentary 2018 76 mins Director: Catherine Lurie
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Horror 1994 82 mins Director: Abel Ferrara
Lili Taylor and Christopher Walken star in Abel Ferrara's raw, intense and intelligent take on the vampire myth - selected for the Sight and Sound Greatest Films of All Time Poll by The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw.
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Gregg Araki's provocative story of two boys haunted by disturbing events one summer when they were eight years old, adapted from Scott Heim's cult indie novel.
Romance 1976 98 mins Director: Brian De Palma
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