We’ll be sharing cinema together again soon, but until then, Palace Cinemas wants to share some of our film favourites with our Weekly Watch List. Here’s to sharing and staying safe.
THE LONG GOODBYE (1973) | Robert Altman
Robert Altman’s adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel The Long Goodbye is a timeless deconstruction of Film Noir, and with the idiosyncrasies of Altman, digs beneath the surface of the ‘liberated’ spirit and exposes the ethos that took America to the Vietnam war.
“The Long Goodbye attacks film noir with three of his most cherished tools: Whimsy, spontaneity and narrative perversity.”
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
THE INTOUCHABLES (2011) | Olivier Nakace, Éric Toledano
Irreverent and uplifting, The Intouchables has broken box office records in France and across Europe. Based on a true story between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), the film depicts friendship rooted in honesty and humour between two individuals that arguably have nothing in common. The film bursts with innocence and humour that is carried by the strong cast and empathetic direction.
“Oscar-nominated, lauded at festivals overseas and now, one of the most successful French pictures of all time, The Intouchables is simply irresistible.”
Ed Gibbs, The Sydney Morning Herald.
CINEMA PARADISO (1988) | Giuseppe Tornatore
This Italian comedy is based on the life of writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore which follows a young boy who grows up in a little village spending all of his time at the local movie theatre and its effect on his life, family and identity. A nostalgic look at films and the effects they have on one’s heart and soul, Cinema Paradiso is a life-affirming ode to the power of youth, innocence, and the movie theatre itself.
“This is one of the finest films about innocence ever made, a perfect picture of a time when the cinema was the only source of laughter and joy.”
Camilla Long, Sunday Times.
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975) | Peter Weir
Picnic at Handing Rock is an unsettling and enigmatic visual masterpiece of Australian cinema and an early triumph of Peter Weir. The film follows a group of students and a teacher who vanish without a trace during a rural summer picnic with their disappearance haunting those left behind.
“Etched into the Australian consciousness and an iconic film that helps buttress Australian cinema in its claim to international standing.”