A selection of films to accompany the Futurology series of exhibitions.
Things to Come (U)
Sat 11 Apr, 7.30pm
A didactic overview of future history through the lens of the troubled 1930s, involving H.G. Wells, a champion of academic Future Studies who authored and oversaw the project, almost as an epilogue to his book The Outline of History. The film posits the next 100 years up to 2036 predicting a century of war, plague and subterranean cities.
Dir. William Cameron Menzies UK 1936 1h 40m
La Jetée (CTBA) + Alphaville (12A)
Thu 23 Apr, 7.00pm & 8.00pm
One of cinema’s great short films. The tale of a doomed society of the future, and one man’s futile attempts to save it, is told entirely in photographs bar one single moving shot. Haunting and poetic – moving without moving.
Dir. Chris Marker France 1962 28m
A dazzling amalgam of film noir and science fiction in which a tough gumshoe turns inter-galactic agent to conquer a strange automated city from which concepts of love and tenderness have been banished. Godard turns contemporary Paris into an icily dehumanised city of the future.
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard France 1965 1h 39m Subtitled