Saturday, 9 February 2013

The Keep - An afterthought


I woke up this morning with all of the best images from The Keep in my mind. 
My sleeping brain had edited out all the parts that didn’t work and I was left with a great movie.
A patron last night said that The Keep was the worst film they had ever seen, which is very harsh. 
I think The Keep is a beautiful film that looks like a painting from the German Romantic period but I do acknowledge that the film is deeply flawed but not bad, I have a soft spot for films that have flaws. Some of my favourite films are far from perfect such as, William Peter Blatty’s Ninth Configuration, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre and Donald Cammell’s Demon Seed but I still love them.
There many be a great movie within the confines of The Keep but I’m not sure the answer lies in a 3-hour cut, I predict that at least 20 minutes of it will be slow motion rolling fog.
If a 3-hour cut was ever released I would obviously watch it but with scenes with extra dialogue and an increased narrative the film many lose the crazy dream logic that it has. Thats part of it charm.
It was never the intention of Kino Klubb to show bad films purely to laugh at them (though The Keep did have one hysterical scene in it) but to bring films to the screen that need revaluation. Films that hold moments of magic and films that we hope stay with you. 
I’m proud that we got a chance to screen The Keep and that so many people wanted to share in that experience. In Kim Newman’s review of the film for Electric Sheep magazine he talks about how Manhunter has been rehabilitated from a flop to a classic and with another screening of The Keep next week in London and with Film4’s recent screening, maybe its finally time for The Keep to reach an audience it deserves. 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Neglected Blog!

Dear Blog,I 'm sorry, I just haven't had time for you.
I've been busy and I feel like I have let you down.
Its not you its me, I do still want to spend time with you.
Here goes....

The Keep - Michael Mann 

Tomorrow night we screen a rare 35mm print of The Keep. We were asked by the Broadway Cinema to show something as part of the Nottingham's Light Night celebrations. This was the first film that popped into our heads. It uses light and shadow in such a stunning way and is probably best described as a Gothic, Disco, Horror. We are especially proud as this is the first non digital screening we have had. Its a big moment for us. There are still a few tickets left if you can make it?
We will also be playing a set of German rock classics to complement the Tangerine soundtrack with our POWERKRAUT DISKO.
There will be some great lights inspired by The Keep and some amazing projections from the genius that is Noel Murphy.
Our program to accompany the film feature an essay by special effects wizard and life long The Keep obsessive Stephane Piter and a piece by rock legend and all round mega dude Julian Cope about Tangerine Dream!


Coming next we have a new night and creative partnership with our Nottingham brothers in arms
Mayhem and Kneel Before Zod.

Cinema Diabolique -Will bring you alternative screenings of cult classics, new releases and film fun throughout the year. Really looking forward to the films we have planned for this year, we have BIG plans. Our launch night will be March 22nd and we kick things off with a special FREE screening of Paul Verhoeven's classic Robocop. 
Come down and learn all about what is in store for 2013.