The Bigger Picture is screening DIVA (1981) on 20 June at the EDT in East Dulwich. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix this wonderfully stylish thriller was largely responsible for the renaissance of foreign language film in the UK in the early 80’s and remains impressive viewing today.
The story of Jules, an opera-obsessed courier whose bootleg recording of a rare concert by American diva Cynthia Hawkins is believed to be a tape connecting the chief of police with a Parisian vice ring, precipitates a frantic search for its whereabouts by two murderous thugs.
Beineix’s debut – from the impressively taut novel by Delacorta – is not only stunningly composed (director of photography, Philippe Rousselot imbues the film with a seductive neon hue), peppered with thrills like the moped chase on the Metro, it also fairly bristles with a sadistic, Dystopian tension in which heroes and villains are readily interchangeable.
A hybrid of genres: noir, new-wave, and farytale romance – Diva has the lot, yet still manages to wear its composite nature with distinct daring and élan.
DIVA (1981) 113 mins cert 12
Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix with Frederic Andrei, Roland Bertin, Richard Bohringer
French with subtitles
Thursday 20 June 2013
7pm: music/bar with drinks and themed snacks
7.50: introduction to film
Tickets £7 online from WeGotTickets
Or in person from:
Push Studios, 7-19 Blackwater Street SE22
Rye Books, 45 Upland Road SE22
Locale Restaurant, 58-60 East Dulwich Road SE22
East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane SE22
or on the door.
Upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern, 1 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22
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