2016-17 Programme

Musashi Miyamoto in the Samurai Trilogy season

Hiroshi Inagaki | Japan | 1954 | 93 minutes

Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto, his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai.

Sunday 9th October 2016 at 04:30PM


Z in the Costa-Gavras season

Costa-Gavras | France / Algeria | 1969 | 127 minutes

Costa-Gavras’ landmark feature about an incorruptible judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who investigates the killing of a reformist politician (Yves Montand) at a peace demonstration.

Sunday 9th October 2016 at 07:00PM


Contamination in the Alien-Ation season

Luigi Cozzi | Italy | 1980 | 95 minutes

‘Contamination’ takes the premise of Ridley Scott’s classic ‘Alien’ and peppers it with exploding guts galore and a dangerously infectious soundtrack.

Friday 14th October 2016 at 08:00PM


Duel at Ichijoji Temple in the Samurai Trilogy season

Hiroshi Inagaki | Japan | 1955 | 104 minutes

Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.

Sunday 16th October 2016 at 04:30PM


The Confession in the Costa-Gavras season

Costa-Gavras | France / Italy | 1970 | 139 minutes

An East European government official is inexplicably imprisoned by his Communist superiors. He eventually discovers that he's to be a defendant in a "show trial" conducted by his government. Cast includes: Yves Montand and Simone Signoret.

Sunday 16th October 2016 at 07:00PM


Inseminoid in the Alien-Ation season

Norman J. Warren | UK | 1981 | 93 minutes

A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

Friday 21st October 2016 at 08:00PM


Duel at Ganryu Island in the Samurai Trilogy season

Hiroshi Inagaki | Japan | 1956 | 105 minutes

A disillusioned Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro Mifune) has turned his back on the samurai life, becoming a farmer in a remote village, while his nemesis Kojiro now works for the shogun. Challenged, Miyamoto agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time.

Sunday 23rd October 2016 at 04:30PM


Stage of Siege in the Costa-Gavras season

Costa-Gavras | France / Italy / West Germany | 1972 | 120 minutes

An under-cover operative (Yves Montand) is kidnapped by a group of urban guerillas. Costa-Gavras puts the United States’ involvement in Latin American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller.

Sunday 23rd October 2016 at 07:00PM


City on Fire in the Ringo Lam and Chow Yun Fat season

Ringo Lam | Hong Kong | 1987 | 101 minutes

An undercover cop (Chow Yun-Fat) infiltrates a gang of jewel thieves, but things go terribly wrong during a heist. “The movie that gave us Quentin Tarantino’s career.” (Indiewire)

Friday 28th October 2016 at 08:00PM


Carnival of Souls in the Halloween season

Herk Hervey | USA | 1962 | 78 minutes

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. A “macabre masterpiece”. (Criterion)

Saturday 29th October 2016 at 07:00PM


The Emigrants in the Troell season

Jan Troell | Sweden | 1971 | 191 minutes

This monumental 19th century epic charts, over the course of two films, a Swedish farming family’s voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in this beautiful but forbidding new world. Cast includes Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann. (*Please note earlier 3.00pm start.)

Sunday 30th October 2016 at 03:00PM


Wings in the Larisa Shepitko season

Larisa Shepitko | USSR | 1966 | 85 minutes

A once heroic female Russian fighter pilot cannot adjust to life in peacetime.

Sunday 30th October 2016 at 07:00PM


Prison on Fire in the Ringo Lam and Chow Yun Fat season

Ringo Lam | Hong Kong | 1987 | 98 minutes

Inside a Chinese prison two inmates (Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung Ka Fai) form a friendship and face the difficulty of life on the inside.

Friday 4th November 2016 at 08:00PM


The New Land in the Troell season

Jan Troell | Sweden | 1972 | 204 minutes

This monumental 19th century epic charts, over the course of two films, a Swedish farming family’s voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in this beautiful but forbidding new world. Cast includes Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann. (*Please note earlier 3.00pm start.

Sunday 6th November 2016 at 03:00PM


The Ascent in the Larisa Shepitko season

Larisa Shepitko | USSR | 1977 | 111 minutes

‘The Ascent’ follows the path of two peasant soldiers, cut off from their troop, who trudge through the snowy backwoods of Belarus during World War II seeking refuge among villagers.

Sunday 6th November 2016 at 07:00PM


Full Contact in the Ringo Lam and Chow Yun Fat season

Ringo Lam | Hong Kong | 1992 | 96 minutes

Jeff (Chow Yun-Fat), a tough guy with a sense of honour, saves his debt-ridden friend Sam from loan sharks. The friends are then double-crossed in a violent heist. Sam saves his own skin, while Jeff is left for dead. Big mistake. When Jeff comes back, he’s mad.

Friday 11th November 2016 at 08:00PM


Adua and Her Friends in the Antonio Pietrangeli season

Antonio Pietrangeli | Italy | 1960 | 129 minutes

When a brothel closes because of new laws, four of the sex workers decide to go into business running a restaurant. But they discover they cannot escape their past. Cast includes: Simone Signoret and Marcello Mastroianni

Sunday 13th November 2016 at 04:30PM


Design for Living in the Screwball Comedies season

Ernst Lubitsch | USA | 1933 | 91 minutes

A risqué relationship story in which a woman (Miriam Hopkins) cannot decide between two men (Gary Cooper and Fredrich March) who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

Sunday 13th November 2016 at 07:00PM


Snuff in the Nasties II / II Nasties season

Michael Findlay / Horacio Fredriksson | Argentina/USA | 1975 | 76 minutes

A so-called “snuff” movie depicting the exploits of a cult figure who leads a gang of bikers in a series of supposedly real killings on film.

Friday 18th November 2016 at 08:00PM


The Visit in the Antonio Pietrangeli season

Antonio Pietrangeli | Italy | 1964 | 86 minutes

The day-long encounter of two would-be lovers (Sandra Milo and François Périer), who meet through a lonely-hearts ad. Worried that their marriageable days are numbered, the two have already decided to fall in love with each other—but first they have to get acquainted.

Sunday 20th November 2016 at 04:30PM


My Man Godfrey in the Screwball Comedies season

Gregory La Cava | USA | 1936 | 94 minutes

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Sunday 20th November 2016 at 07:00PM


I Spit on Your Grave in the Nasties II / II Nasties season

Meir Zarchi | USA | 1978 | 101 minutes

An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

Friday 25th November 2016 at 08:00PM


I Knew Her Well in the Antonio Pietrangeli season

Antonio Pietrangeli | Italy | 1965 | 115 minutes

Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

Sunday 27th November 2016 at 04:30PM


Nothing Sacred in the Screwball Comedies season

William A. Wellman | USA | 1937 | 77 minutes

Certain she was dying from radium poisoning, Hazel Flagg (Carole Lombard) is delighted to learn that it was a false alarm. But when handsome New York City reporter Wally Cook (Fredric March) shows up looking for a story about a young girl braving terminal illness, Hazel decides that she’s sick again.

Sunday 27th November 2016 at 07:00PM


Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea in the Alt Sc-fi season

Jindrich Polák | Czechoslovakia | 1977 | 93 minutes

Sci-fi crazy comedy where a group of former Nazis conspire to alter the results of the Second World War by travelling back in time and supplying Adolf Hitler with a hydrogen bomb.

Friday 2nd December 2016 at 08:00PM


King and Country in the Court Martial season

Joseph Losey | UK | 1964 | 86 minutes

An army private (Tom Courtenay) in World War I is accused of desertion during battle. The officer (Dirk Bogarde) assigned to defend him at his court-martial finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Sunday 4th December 2016 at 04:30PM


Holiday in the Screwball Comedies season

George Cukor | USA | 1938 | 95 minutes

Marvellous ‘sophisticated comedy’ about a prototype dropout (Cary Grant in one of his best performances) who takes a rich upper class family (including a brilliant Katharine Hepburn) by storm.

Sunday 4th December 2016 at 07:00PM


The Sticky Fingers of Time in the Alt Sc-fi season

Hilary Brougher | USA | 1997 | 81 minutes

Female journalist Tucker Harding is transported from 1950 Brooklyn to the 1990s where she meets a woman named Drew who discovers a newspaper clipping describing Tucker's death 40 years earlier. Drew tries to unravel the mystery.

Friday 9th December 2016 at 08:00PM


Breaker Morant in the Courts Martial season

Bruce Beresford | Australia | 1980 | 107 minutes

At the turn of the twentieth century, three Australian army lieutenants (Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson) are court-martialled for alleged war crimes committed while fighting in South Africa.

Sunday 11th December 2016 at 04:30PM


The Doctor Takes A Wife in the Screwball Comedies season

Alexander Hall | USA | 1940 | 88 minutes

June Cameron (Loretta Young) - the successful author of “Spinsters Aren’t Spinach” - and Dr. Timothy Sterling (Ray Milland) accept false rumours of their marriage when each stands to gain from the mistake.

Sunday 11th December 2016 at 07:00PM


Primer in the Alt Sc-fi season

Shane Carruth | USA | 2004 | 77 minutes

Two engineers accidentally invent what they think is a time-machine. As the two friends obsess over their find, they discover the dark consequences of their actions.

Friday 16th December 2016 at 08:00PM


The Man Who Came to Dinner in the Christmas / AGM season

William Keighley | USA | 1942 | 112 minutes

A pompous lecturer is forced to spend the winter in a prominent Ohio family’s home due to injury and proceeds to meddle with the lives of everyone in the household. Cast includes: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Woolley. The screening will be followed by the Edinburgh Film Guild AGM and Christmas Party.

Sunday 18th December 2016 at 04:30PM


Redes in the World Cinema season

Emilio Gómez Muriel / Fred Zinnemann | Mexico | 1936 | 65 minutes

In this vivid, documentary-like dramatisation of the daily grind of men struggling to make a living by fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, one worker’s terrible loss sparks a political awakening amongst the labourers.

Sunday 15th January 2017 at 04:30PM


I Shot Jesse James in the Fuller season

Sam Fuller | USA | 1949 | 85 minutes

Bob Ford (John Ireland) murders his best friend Jesse James in order to obtain a pardon that will free him to marry his girlfriend, but is plagued by guilt and self-disgust.

Sunday 15th January 2017 at 07:00PM


El Topo in the Alejandro Jodorowsky season

Alejandro Jodorowsky | Mexico | 1970 | 125 minutes

A black-clad gunfighter embarks on a symbolic quest in an Old West version of Sodom and Gomorrah. “It’s a surreal, biblical spaghetti western with a strong shot of Zen.”(The Guardian)

Friday 20th January 2017 at 08:00PM


The Housemaid in the World Cinema season

Ki-young Kim | South Korea | 1960 | 125 minutes

A torrent of sexual obsession, revenge, and betrayal is unleashed under one roof in this venomous melodrama from South Korean master Kim Ki-Young.

Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 04:30PM


The Steel Helmet in the Fuller season

Sam Fuller | USA | 1950 | 86 minutes

A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 07:00PM


The Holy Mountain in the Alejandro Jodorowsky season

Alejandro Jodorowsky | USA | 1973 | 114 minutes

In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

Friday 27th January 2017 at 08:00PM


Touki Bouki in the World Cinema season

Djibril Diop Mambéty | Senegal | 1973 | 85 minutes

Two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical.

Sunday 29th January 2017 at 04:30PM


Run of the Arrow in the Fuller season

Sam Fuller | USA | 1957 | 82 minutes

An embittered Confederate soldier (Rod Steiger), unable to accept the defeat of the South, heads West to seek out the still proudly free Native Americans who, like him, have no respect for the government of the United States.

Sunday 29th January 2017 at 07:00PM


Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter in the Pinky Violence with Meiko Kaji season

Yasuhara Hasebe | Japan | 1970 | 85 minutes

Japanese exploitation film in which super-cool Mako (Meiko Kaji) and her girl gang “The Alleycats!” battle with a band of racist macho pigs called “The Eagles”.

Friday 3rd February 2017 at 08:00PM


A River Called Titas in the World Cinema season

Ritwik Ghatak | India | 1973 | 159 minutes

Stunningly beautiful, elegiac saga which focuses on the tumultuous lives of people in fishing villages along the banks of the Titas River in pre-Partition East Bengal. (*Please note earlier 4.00pm start.)

Sunday 5th February 2017 at 04:00PM


The Crimson Kimono in the Fuller season

Sam Fuller | USA | 1959 | 90 minutes

The friendship between Detectives Joe Kojaku and Charlie Bancroft runs deep and is seemingly impervious to racial tensions. However, this all changes when both men fall in love with the same woman.

Sunday 5th February 2017 at 07:00PM


Female Convict Scorpion: Beast Stable in the Pinky Violence with Meiko Kaji season

Shunya Itô | Japan | 1973 | 87 minutes

Sasori (Meiko Kaji) has broken out of prison and is on the run. Both the police and an ex-prison mate of Sasori's pursue her. A Japanese exploitation classic.

Friday 10th February 2017 at 08:00PM


Trances in the World Cinema season

Ahmed El Maanouni | Morocco | 1981 | 78 minutes

The beloved Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating musical documentary. It tells the story of how this group of musicians caused a social revolution in Morocco in the early 1970s.

Sunday 12th February 2017 at 04:30PM


White Dog in the Fuller season

Sam Fuller | USA | 1982 | 90 minutes

An African-American dog trainer (Paul Winfield) tries to retrain a stray dog, found by a young actress (Kristy McNichol), that had been taught to viciously attack any black person.

Sunday 12th February 2017 at 07:00PM


Lady Snowblood in the Pinky Violence with Meiko Kaji season

Toshiya Fujita | Japan | 1973 | 87 minutes

Set in late 19th century Japan, ‘Lady Snowblood’ charts the relentless path of vengeance taken by a young woman (Meiko Kaji) whose parents were the victims of brutal criminals. Gory revenge is raised to the level of visual poetry.

Friday 17th February 2017 at 08:00PM


The Rocking Horse Winner in the Gamblers season

Anthony Pelissier | UK | 1949 | 102 minutes

A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races. “A British film which explores the complex links between sex, money and power is rare indeed.” (Time Out)

Sunday 19th February 2017 at 04:30PM


La Marsellaise in the Imagining the Eighteenth Century season

Jean Renoir | France | 1938 | 132 minutes

Renoir’s film focuses on the early part of the French Revolution, shown primarily from the viewpoint of the ordinary citizens of Marseille, celebrating the common man bringing to an end the feudal system and moving toward the idea of a nation based on principles of liberty and equality.

Sunday 19th February 2017 at 07:00PM


Quatermass and the Pit in the Going Underground season

Roy Ward Baker | UK | 1967 | 97 minutes

When a team of anthropologists discover a cylindrical object and primate bones in an underground construction site, rocket scientist Dr. Quatermass (Andrew Keir) is called in to decipher its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Friday 24th February 2017 at 08:00PM


California Split in the Gamblers season

Robert Altman | USA | 1974 | 108 minutes

Charlie (Elliott Gould) is a motor-mouth gambler who sucks Bill (George Segal) into his on-the-fly life after they are mistaken for a pair of grifters at an old-folks’ poker house. Charlie is a magnetic personality who always has the inside information and a new line on a big score.

Sunday 26th February 2017 at 04:30PM


Fellini’s Casanova in the Imagining the Eighteenth Century season

Federico Fellini | Italy | 1976 | 154 minutes

Vainly seeking wealthy patrons for his scholarly pursuits, Casanova (Donald Sutherland) is seen as both an intellectual figure of the Enlightenment and a licentious voluptuary of a corrupt society about to be swept away by the French Revolution.

Sunday 26th February 2017 at 07:00PM


Death Line in the Going Underground season

Gary Sherman | UK | 1972 | 87 minutes

A police inspector (Donald Pleasence) discovers that descendants of survivors of a cave-in in the early 1900s are eating London subway riders.

Friday 3rd March 2017 at 08:00PM


The Gambler in the Gamblers season

Karel Reisz | USA | 1974 | 111 minutes

New York City English professor Axel Freed (James Caan) outwardly seems like an upstanding citizen. But privately Freed is in the clutches of a severe gambling addiction that threatens to destroy him.

Sunday 5th March 2017 at 04:30PM


Barry Lyndon in the Imagining the Eighteenth Century season

Stanley Kubrick | UK | 1975 | 187 minutes

An exquisitely detailed adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel about the picaresque exploits of an 18th century Irish adventurer. Despite the obstacle of his relatively poor Irish birth, Raymond Barry (Ryan O’Neal) manages by various stratagems and devices to become the wealthy but ill-respected Barry Lyndon.

Sunday 5th March 2017 at 07:00PM


Django in the Sergio Corbucci’s West season

Sergio Corbucci | Italy/Spain | 1966 | 92 minutes

Stranger Django (Franco Nero) rides into the middle of a border fray between Mexican bandits and the Ku Klux Klan. A ‘Spaghetti Western’ classic.

Friday 10th March 2017 at 08:00PM


Nobody’s Children in the Matarazzo Melodramas season

Raffaello Matarazzo | Italy | 1951 | 100 minutes

‘Nobody’s Children’ is the first half of an overflowing diptych of melodramas chronicling the labyrinthine misfortunes of Guido and Luisa (Amedeo Nazzari and Yvonne Sanson) who are torn cruelly apart by fate (and meddling villains).

Sunday 12th March 2017 at 04:30PM


The Lady and the Duke in the Imagining the Eighteenth Century season

Eric Rohmer | France | 2001 | 129 minutes

During the French Revolution, Scottish aristocrat Grace Elliott and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

Sunday 12th March 2017 at 07:00PM


The Hellbenders in the Sergio Corbucci’s West season

Sergio Corbucci | Italy/Spain | 1967 | 90 minutes

Colonel Jonas (Joseph Cotton) is a fanatical and unrepentant ex-Confederate who led a regiment called ‘The Hellbenders’ in the recently ended Civil War. Colonal Jonas and his sons now plan to use stolen money as a way to revive the Confederacy.

Friday 17th March 2017 at 08:00PM


The White Angel in the Matarazzo Melodramas season

Raffaello Matarazzo | Italy | 1955 | 100 minutes

In ‘The White Angel’, Raffaello Matarazzo’s sequel to his blockbuster ‘Nobody’s Children’, the perpetually put-upon Guido and Luisa return for a new round of trials and tribulations.

Sunday 19th March 2017 at 04:30PM


A Royal Affair in the Imagining the Eighteenth Century season

Nikolaj Arcel | Denmark | 2012 | 137 minutes

The struggle between a conservative, repressive aristocracy and the ideas of the Enlightenment are played out in this story of the love affair in the 1770s between England’s Princess Caroline Matilda (Alicia Vikander), wife of the mentally ill Danish King Christian, and the king’s German physician, Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), both social progressives.

Sunday 19th March 2017 at 07:00PM


The Great Silence in the Sergio Corbucci's West season

Sergio Corbucci | Italy/France | 1968 | 105 minutes

The mountains in winter provide the backdrop for this tale of a mute gunslinger who battles a band of bounty hunters led by Loco (Klaus Kinski).

Friday 24th March 2017 at 08:00PM