Landmark Classics Stand the Test of Time with Thrills, Chills and Romance
Dubai, May 13, 2013 – This month at Film Buzz, DIFF's popular monthly screening series at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, audiences will be treated to a triple bill of timeless classics that continue to astonish new audiences decades after their premieres. From Monday, 27th through to Wednesday, 29th May, share some unforgettable moments with the inimitable legends of the silver screen.
DIFF's Artistic Director, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, said: “Despite advances in special effects and cinematography, the classics continue to teach and entertain us with their storytelling magic, narrative power and legendary performances. Many of the techniques used in the first decades of cinema still form the basis of the art form today. The films in our May line-up were hits when they were released, and it is still easy to see why audiences will find themselves swept away.”
The May programme begins on May 29th with The General, one of the best silent comedies by one of its greatest practitioners, the incomparable Buster Keaton. May 30th brings the chilling film noir The Stranger, with cinema pioneer Orson Welles directing and starring as a hunted Nazi war criminal who has adopted a new identity in America. On May 31st, Film Buzz screens the often remade but never duplicated Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Jose Ferrer (George Clooney's uncle) in an Oscar-winning turn as the amorous swordsman-poet with the bulbous nose.
Film Buzz takes place on the last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Entry is free and operates on a first come, first served basis. The Pavilion can only accommodate 60 people per screening, so punctuality is essential.
More about the film lineup:
Monday, May 27The General (1926)
USA/Silent/Black and White/101 minutes
No modern actor would ever subject themselves to the sheer physical danger that Buster Keaton did as a matter of course in his riotously funny shorts and features, produced during the high point of silent cinema in the 1920's. Set in the Civil War era, The General is widely considered Keaton's best work, with some of his most death-defying stunts: clinging to the front of a moving train, running along its roof, sitting on the coupling rods – all to save a girl! Keaton plays Johnnie Gray, an engineer whose fiancée (played by Marion Mack) is kidnapped by Union soldiers. When she is whisked off on a train, Keaton hijacks another and gives chase in an action-packed, madcap romp through the front lines.
Tuesday, May 28The Stranger (1946)
US/Black and White/95 Minutes
Orson Welles' contribution to cinema cannot be overstated, and in The Stranger, he delivers a film noir classic worthy of his towering reputation. Welles directs and also stars as Franz Kindler, a former Nazi wanted by the UN war crimes tribunal who has come to America and assumed a new identity as a small town school professor married to the daughter of a Supreme Court Justice (played by Academy Award winner Loretta Young). But the wily war crimes investigator is only steps behind, and the sleepy small town may find itself the scene of masterful deception, wanton murder, and a fight to the death!
Wednesday, May 29 Cyrano De Bergerac (1950)
US/Black and White/113 minutes
This swashbuckling adventure has been remade numerous times and even adapted in such modern films as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, starring Uma Thurman. But the 1950 version contains what the others do not, which is Jose Ferrer's incredibly touching, Academy Award-winning performance as the title character, the swordsman-poet hopelessly in love with the beautiful Roxane, who loves handsome but tongue-tied Christian. Afraid he can never win her heart, Cyrano composes beautiful words for Christian to recite to Roxane, with tragic results. Misunderstandings, star-crossed lovers and beautiful poetry—Cyrano de Bergerac has all the ingredients for a romantic evening in Hollywood's Golden Era.