AA Cinema, London
From the naive, childlike humour of Wes Anderson (Rushmore), we follow on to Charlie Chaplin’s slapstick comedic representation of Hitler (The Great Dictator) and don’t forget the touching personal journey of a music teacher in search of his childhood (The Chorus), a girl’s journey into a mythical world (Spirited Away), a memoir of Kurosawa’s wildest dreams (Dreams), a paranoid mathematician in search for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns of nature (Pi), and finally the story of an obsessed surgeon haunted by past tragedies (The Skin I Live In).
At the beginning of the academic year, a group of students sat down to discuss a range of films that could be shown in this year’s Film Club. The aim was to create a spectrum of films that somehow linked one film to the next, not by its genre, but by its narrative, a character within the film, or a specific scene. Somehow the first film included an element that linked to the next, the second film’s element was reflected in the third, the third film posed a question that the fourth answered, and so on. The list could be endless. This method of selection has allowed for a chain of films that from afar, seem random, but up close link together seamlessly.
Before introducing the carefully considered selection it was vital to draw attention to the Club. This was achieved by showing several of director Wes Anderson’s films for the first three weeks. This choice received an admirable amount of attention from the student community and allowed the AA Film Club to take off into its first series of the term.
For more information: