Twin stars

StewartTwo of the cinema’s great heartthrobs – one female, one male and both in their 70s – make brief appearances at the Courtyard this summer. Sadly it is only their celluloid images which will be coming to Hereford.

As part of a mini-season of classic revivals entitled ‘A Fond Farewell’, the Courtyard’s film programmer David Gillam is screening seven 35mm classics, from ‘Some Like it Hot’ (3rd July) to ‘Doctor Zhivago’ (11th July). The event marks the theatre’s move to full digital projection in the main house.

Vertigo’ (31st July) is arguably Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest psychological thriller, which consistently makes it into the top ranks of the biennial All Time Movie Classics poll of international film critics, even supplanting ‘Citizen Kane’ from the No 1 spot last year. It stars a distraught James Stewart, pursuing a bizarre campaign of infatuation for a dead mistress, who befriends a shopgirl and remodels her in the image of his lost lover. The incomparable Kim Novak plays the doppelganger with ice-cool perfection.

On 13th August there’s another treat: a single screening of a BFI-restored copy of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1968 classic ’Theorem’. Murdered in mysterious circumstances in 1975 when he was 53, the Marxist poet and writer made only 12 films, with ‘Theorem’ perhaps the most unsettling of them all. It stars an angelic Terrence Stamp as a spiritually-minded stranger who descends on a wealthy bourgeois Milanese family, and then proceeds to seduce them all, one by one: the maid, the daughter, the mother, the son and finally the paterfamilias.


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