BTL x Arrow Film Club:  Blood and Black Lace & Deep Red // Chapeltown Picture House

Saturday 14th August 2021 at 7:00pm – Get Tickets

Format: Digital / Price: £7.50/£10 / Tickets

A trip to Italy. Our August double bill revisits the golden age of Giallo, with Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace and Dario Argento’s Deep Red — two lurid Italian murder mysteries from supreme stylists and masters of the genre. 

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BTL x Arrow Film Club:  King of New York & The Addiction // Chapeltown Picture House

Saturday 10th July 2021 at 7:00pm – Get Tickets

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The first in a series of double bills in partnership with Arrow Video, we travel to nocturnal New York for a night of heady shootouts and frenzied bloodlust from the mind of cult director Abel Ferrara.

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BTL #14 Les demoiselles de Rochefort // HOME, Manchester

Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 8:15pm – Get Tickets

dir. Jacques Demy / Year: 1967 / Runtime: 126 minutes / Format: 35mm / Price: £7.50 / Tickets

Jacques Demy’s joyous, pastel-hued follow-up to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg sees him working on an MGM scale. Our contribution to HOME’s BFI Musicals! season is a 35mm screening of one of the greatest ever made.

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BTL #13: American Gigolo// HOME, Manchester

Saturday 16th November 2019 at 12:45pm – Get Tickets

dir. Paul Schrader / Year: 1980 / Runtime: 117 minutes / Format: 35mm / Price: £7.50 / Tickets

One of the most stylish movies of the 1980s, Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo is known for its star-making turn from Richard Gere, Giorgio Armani tailoring and an iconic score by Giorgio Moroder — Blondie’s Call Me was written specifically for the film. We’re so happy to present this existentially-minded thriller with an introduction by film writer Christina Newland.

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BTL #12: Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes// Old Bank Residency, Manchester

Friday 2nd August 2019 at 7:00pm – Get Tickets

dir. Graham L. Carter / Year: 2018 / Runtime: 73 minutes / Format: Digital / Price: £5.00 / Tickets

We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Now Showing Club to present the UK premiere of Brooklyn-based filmmaker Graham L. Carter’s Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes. Set in Texas, this unabashedly romantic musical comedy earned plaudits on the festival circuit and high praise in cinephile circles. The film is based on “Two Gallants” by James Joyce and the songs of John Prine. See it first, here.

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BTL #11: A Summer’s Tale// HOME, Manchester

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 at 8:35pm – Get Tickets

dir. Éric Rohmer / Year: 1996 / Runtime: 120 minutes / Certificate: U / Format: 35mm / Price: £5.00 – £9.00 / Tickets

For us, summertime and the films of Éric Rohmer go hand in hand. With that in mind, we’re bringing a little bit of sunshine to Manchester in the form of a rare 35mm screening of the director’s under-seen 1996 film, A Summer’s Tale.

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BTL #10: Beau Travail// HOME, Manchester

Thursday 23rd May 2019 at 8:40pm – Get Tickets

dir. Claire Denis / Year: 1999 / Runtime: 92 minutes / Certificate: 15 / Format: 35mm / Price: £5.00 – £9.00 / Tickets

To mark the release of Claire Denis’ High Life (an extreme art-house sci-fi starring Robert Pattison that’s been gathering ecstatic reviews), we’ve lined up a 20th anniversary, 35mm screening of her most acclaimed film: Beau Travail.

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BTL #9: The Seventh Victim// HOME, Manchester

Monday 4th March 2019 at 8:40pm – Get Tickets

dir. Mark Robson / Year: 1943 / Runtime: 71 minutes / Certificate: U / Format: 35mm / Price: £5.00 – £9.00 / Tickets

We’re heading back to HOME with a 35mm screening of radical Val Lewton joint, The Seventh Victim. Presented with an introduction by Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley from Manchester Met and Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, this sinister New York horror stands out for its engagement with themes of societal repression and suicide.

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BTL #5-8: Four Films by Stephen Cone// No. 70, Oxford Road

Every Thursday, February 2019 at 6:45pm – Get Tickets

We’re excited to present the first UK retrospective of the films of American independent film director Stephen Cone, at No. 70, Oxford Road this February. Recently named the best queer filmmaker ignored by the film world by Indiewire, the retrospective encompasses four features, short films, and Q&As. Scheduled every Thursday, each film screens for the first time in Manchester, including 2013’s Black Box (Thursday 14th February) which will screen as a UK premiere.

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BTL #4: The Magnificent Ambersons// HOME, Manchester

Sunday 13th January 2019 at 6:15pm – Get Tickets

dir. Orson Welles / Year: 1942 / Runtime: 88 minutes / Certificate: U / Format: 35mm / Price: £5.00 – £9.00 / Tickets

Orson Welles’ follow up to Citizen Kane takes us to Indianapolis at the dawn of the twentieth century for a tale that charts the decline of a once grand, aristocratic family in the face of creeping industrialisation. Bigger Than Life makes a HOME debut with a 35mm screening of this ’40s masterpiece.

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BTL #3: The Age of Innocence// Stockport Plaza

Sunday 7th October 2018 at 7pm

dir. Martin Scorsese / Year: 1993 / Runtime: 139 minutes / Certificate: U / Format: 35mm / Price: £7.50

Twenty years after redefining the gritty, urban crime drama with Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese returned to his native New York City with this 1993 adaptation of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Age Of Innocence. Bigger Than Life presents a 35mm screening with an introduction by Edith Wharton expert, Professor Janet Beer of University of Liverpool.

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BTL #2: Black Narcissus// Stockport Plaza

Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 7pm

dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger / Year: 1947 / Runtime: 100 minutes / Certificate: U / Format: 35mm / Price: £7.50

Bigger Than Life returns to the art deco surrounds of Stockport Plaza to present a 35mm screening of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s ravishing 1947 film, Black Narcissus with an introduction by film scholar, Andrew Moor.

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BTL #1: Blow-Up// Stockport Plaza

Sunday 21st January 2018 at 7pm

dir. Michelangelo Antonioni / Year: 1966 / Runtime: 111 minutes / Certificate: 15 / Format: 35mm / Price: £7.50

Bigger Than Life launches with a one-off screening of director Michelangelo Antonioni’s famed swinging London thriller, Blow-Up at Stockport Plaza. Presented at the 1932 Art Deco Super Cinema and Variety Theatre from a 35mm print sourced from the British Film Institute, this event marks the beginning of a series dedicated to properly showcasing both celebrated and overlooked treasures from the history of cinema.

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