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Really looking forward to seeing this film. Due to over- exertion on Paddy’s Day I missed the special screening in the IFI on Friday, but I’ll most likely be popping along this Tuesday and will post up a review afterwards. (Film times can be found here.) CHTM! Field trip anyone?

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Thanks to William for this great snap.

Merrion Row might have a better idea what Rossport looks like after the student demonstrations of last month, but this image from Dame Street is excellent. Right above Lapello’s lap dancing club images of Rossport are screened out to the public. How surreal.

It is the trailer for new and acclaimed documentary ‘The Pipe’, which is being shown just around the corner at the IFI.

Get along to support it. Here is a peek at the trailer for you.

SHOWING AT:

IFI from Friday 3rd December
http://www.ifibooking.ie/

Lighthouse from Friday 3rd December
http://www.lighthousecinema.ie/tickets/

Movies@ Dundrum from Friday 3rd December
http://www.movies-at.ie/dundrum/?dates=20101203

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” I think people should mate for life, like pigeons or Catholics.”

Woody Allen’s Manhattan is one of my favourite films. Most student flats I’ve entered seem to boast a copy, and it is just as bittersweet as you’d expect. I put off watching it for a long, long time. It made it’s way into most of those ‘Films you’d like’ lists, but I’ve been let down by them one too many times. It was one of those ‘€3.99 in HMV‘ films that I consistently overlooked.

Then, when it came on telly, I decided to watch it. “Beats studying”. Turns out it beats most things. A beautiful black and white film, it had me from the get go. In fact, even just look at its opening moments:

The dialogue, the imagery, it all comes together wonderfully. It’s not a love letter to New York (God knows there are enough of them out there) – but like everything Allen has produced to date, a little more complex than that. It opens and closes with Rhapsody in Blue, which- since the time I first saw Manhattan– has been the soundtrack for many bus trips.

A festival of Woody Allen’s work is an exciting idea. To mark the world premiere of Allen’s latest effort, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, the IFI are doing just that, with Woody Allen: Part One running all through the month of May.Opening with Bananas, and concluding with Hannah And Her Sisters most films will be shown for one or two days apiece. Amazingly, this is just the first part of what will be a three part festival.

There is something to be said for the big screen, even if you’ve watched a DVD (Or, heaven forbid, VHS Tape) a hundred times. No film is the same away from the big screen, and a chance to catch Manhattan (and several other Allen films) in the right environment is something I’ll jump on.

Bananas – May 1st & 2nd (2pm)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* But Were Afraid To Ask – May 1st & 2nd (4pm)

Sleeper- May 4th (2pm & 6.30pm)

Love and Death – May 6th (2.30pm & 6.45pm)

Annie Hall – May 9th (2.15pm)

Interiors – May 10th (7pm)

Manhattan – May 11th and 12th (7pm)

Stardust Memories – May 13th (7pm)

Zelig – May 15th (3pm) & 16th (3.25pm)

The Purple Rose of Cairo – May 16th (1.45pm)

Broadway Danny Rose – May 22nd & 23rd (1.20pm)

Hannah and Her Sisters – May 29th & 30th (8.30pm)

Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 5744 or online at http://www.ifi.ie

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That time of the year again, when the Irish Film Institute roll out their annual Stranger Than Fiction festival. “Four days of documentaries that promise to entertain, inform and inspire” You can check out the complete line up over on the official IFI website, here.

Among the latest in the IFI Archive screenings, I am very, very excited about The Irish or the Memory of a People. Commissioned by French broadcaster ORFT3 in the early 1970s, this one was filmed at the height of the folk and trad revival in this country. It features performances from the likes of The Dubliners, Tony MacMahon, Willie Clancy and even Planxty. The Planxty footage was recorded at UCD Belfield campus, so bad jumpers and beards can be expected from the student folkies. The documentary features footage from inside Dublin trad and folk haunts like the Pipers Club, but indeed is much broader in scope than just the capital city.

The film will be shown on the 18th April (a Sunday) at 12.15

I’m also really excited by this one, which is getting its International Premiere in Dublin. I’m sure it will appeal to our own jaycarax and other fans of subcultures like it. From the time I heard ESG and Talking Heads in the trailer to when I read that Debbie Harry of Blondie fame is narrating the documentary, I’ve been on a google quest over this one.

“In the late 1970s New York City was teetering on the edge of total chaos. A failed economy, crime and en masse housing corruption gave way to a city in crisis. Yet, as is often the case, out of the economic and social strife that held the city hostage, a family of homegrown cultures that would forever change the world began to emerge and thrive”

This one will be shown on Friday the 16th April, with a 18.45 start. The producer, Michael Holman, will be on hand for a Q&A session afterwards.

Two very different documentaries.
Two very different cultures.

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I’ve just seen a great deal being advertised on the IFI’s facebook page.

The IFI is showing Jacques Audiard’s ‘A Prophet’ on Monday 8th Feb at 8.10pm with a special Student Night ticket price of only €5!

But wait, there’s more.

Also on this night you can buy discounted annual membership for €10 and €3 bottles of Paulaner after the show.

Buy your discount tickets at the Box Office on the night. If I wasn’t working or had already seen A Prophet, I would be there.

A Prophet

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