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THE BRIT NEW WAVE
From Angry Young Men to Swinging London

Through Thursday, April 6

PROGRAMMED BY BRUCE GOLDSTEIN

As the 1950s ended, British cinema exploded with new energy, as directors like Tony Richardson, Karel Reisz, Lindsay Anderson and John Schlesinger tackled groundbreaking material from young new writers (among them John Osborne, Shelagh Delaney, and Harold Pinter – fresh from revolutionizing the stage), creating a socially conscious, aggressively working class cinema, trampling taboos by depicting England’s angry and alienated youth, and treating sexual content frankly. And they had the interpreters they needed in a tidal wave of powerful young actors like Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Rita Tushingham, Julie Christie, Alan Bates, et al. As the 60s progressed, social realism gave way to more escapist fare, Britain’s angry young men evolving into the fashionably disillusioned hedonists of Swinging London. 

Reviews

Thematically and practically, much of Film Forum’s sprawling series on the British New Wave is galvanized by directionless yearning, cross-generational resentments, rock ‘n’ roll, nascent protest culture, and similarly spirited new-cinema movements from abroad. A cultural seismograph, the ambitious program illustrates tectonic movements that would inspire radical peaks across future moviemaking generations. Handheld camerawork and shallow fields engendering a raw immediacy would later unlock troubled interiors and bewildering dreamscapes.” 
– Jaime N. Christley, The Village Voice

“The soot and the soul are palpable in ‘The Brit New Wave’.”
– Andy Webster, The New York Times 

Films in this Series

Wednesday, March 22

12:30   4:50   9:15

Wednesday, March 22

2:45   7:00

Thursday, March 23

GIRL WITH GREEN EYES
3:00   7:00

THE LEATHER BOYS
12:45   4:50   9:00

Friday, March 24

12:30   4:35   8:40

Friday, March 24

2:30   6:35

Saturday, March 25

12:30   4:50   9:20

Saturday, March 25

2:50   7:20

Sunday, March 26

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT & The Running, Jumping & Standing Still Film
11:00*   1:10   5:10   9:20

THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT
3:20   7:25

Monday, March 27

12:30   4:55   9:10

Monday, March 27

2:45   7:00

Tuesday, March 28

12:30   4:40   8:50

Tuesday, March 28

2:40   6:50

Wednesday, March 29

12:30   4:55   9:20

Wednesday, March 29

2:45   7:10

Thursday, March 30

12:30   4:50   9:45

Thursday, March 30

2:15   7:15

Friday, March 31

12:30   4:55   9:30

Friday, March 31

2:55   7:20

Saturday, April 1

12:30   4:20   8:15*

Saturday, April 1

2:20   6:10   10:00

Sunday, April 2

3:00   7:45

Sunday, April 2

5:30

Monday, April 3

LORD OF THE FLIES
2:35   6:30   10:25

PRIVILEGE
12:30   4:25   8:20

Tuesday, April 4

12:45   5:05*   9:30

Tuesday, April 4

2:45   7:10

Wednesday, April 5

12:30   4:50   9:15

Wednesday, April 5

2:45   7:00

Thursday, April 6

12:30, 4:50, 9:20

Thursday, April 6

2:45   7:15