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Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE on Kozintsev's 'Hamlet'

Apr 30, 2013

Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre very kindly recalls for us the first time he saw Kozintsev's 'Hamlet': I can remember vividly the day I saw the powerful 1964 film of Hamlet by Grigori Kozintsev -- twice. I was a 13-year old in a suburb of Manchester, keen on Shakespeare in a rather English sort of way....

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Hamlet featured in A Celebration of 100 Years of the Critics’ Circle

Apr 26, 2013

We released Kozintsev's 'Hamlet' in 2012 and are delighted to hear that the film has been included in 'Critics’ Circle' centenary celebrations at the Barbican in London. The oldest organisation of its kind in the world, the Critics’ Circle – a professional association of critics of cinema, drama, art, architecture, music and dance – is 100 in 2013. To celebrate, we have...

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Wild Style Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Mar 20, 2013

The film Wild Style was theatrically released in cinemas 30 years ago today. Directed by Charlie Ahearn, Wild Style tells the story of a young graffiti artist Zorro (played by real life tagger Lee Quiñones) looking to establish himself as the top graffiti artist in New York while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend. The film captures much of the early hip-hop culture at...

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Neglected gems of French Cinema - Part Two

Mar 13, 2013

Another fantastic post from our resident film buff Arjun Chauhan, following up his first selection of neglected gems of French Cinema.  Le Deuxième Souffle (1966) (Second Breath) - Jean-Pierre Melville   A decade after 'Bob le Flambeur' Melville takes a 'Second Breath'. France is not the same and nor is its criminal underworld. This is about Gustave 'Gu' Minda (Lino...

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Pier Paolo Pasolini: No saint

Feb 25, 2013

Ian Thomson's article, published in this weekend's The Guardian: Champion of the disinherited of postwar Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini's masterworks reveal an obsession with martyrdom that foreshadowed his own wretched death. At the end of Mamma Roma (1962) [released on Mr Bongo], Pier Paolo Pasolini's great film, the hero lies dying on a prison bed like the dead Christ of Mantegna or a barefoot saint by Caravaggio....

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Neglected gems of French Cinema - Part One

Feb 05, 2013

"There's more to French films than the New Wave and 'Cinéma de papa'" says our resident film buff Arjun Chauhan: Nous Ne Vieillirons Pas Ensemble (1972) (We Won't Grow Old Together) - Maurice Pialat Pialat's slow-burn, heart-wrenching showing of how an insecure man loses his girl, bit by bit by bit, as she finally sets free. And then you almost...

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Pasquale Iannone's Mr Bongo Top 3 Films

Jan 16, 2013

We originally posted this when our website relaunched at the end of 2011 but due to some technical issues it was lost.  Thankfully we managed to dig it up again for a re-post. Our very own film encyclopedia at the time, Arjun Chauhan, managed to peruade Pasquale Iannone to pick his three favourite Mr Bongo titles.  Pasquale is a Senior Teaching Fellow...

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Tropicalia by Marcelo Machado on Mr Bongo

Jan 14, 2013

Another very exciting announcement for us here at Mr Bongo... We will be releasing Marcelo Machado's Tropicalia in cinema's across UK and Ireland in May of this year. Tropicalia features rare footage of Brazilian music legends Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Gal Costa and Tom Zé as it explores a revolution animated by music and art.  The theatrical release will be...

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2012 world cinema film titles from Mr Bongo

Jan 08, 2013

2012 saw the release of 12 world cinema titles on Mr Bongo. Big boss man David, talks through the films and what inspired their release.   If you are interested in purchasing them all at once we've created a 2012 collection. Michelangelo Antonioni - Chung Kuo (1972) The year kicked off in fine fashion with an Arjun Chauhan discovery; the...

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Mr Bongo and the Rio Breaks Favela Surf Club

Dec 12, 2012

In November, 2012 I flew to Brazil for 2 weeks. During that time I had the opportunity to meet up with Rogerio, the founder of the Favela Surf Club in Rio de Janeiro. Those of you who have seen the film Rio Breaks will have heard of the Surf Club, and for those that haven’t I strongly recommend you check...

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