DIVA – Stylish and Visually Ravishing –

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.  web diva-00

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.

FREE RAFFLE PRIZES  kindly donated by Rye Books  and Push Studios

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
8pm: 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

For more details and future films visit The Bigger Picture Website

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Co-Editor and ex-Chair of the Friends Committee. I’m a teacher. I’ve worked in the education department of Dulwich Picture Gallery for 14 years, guiding, lecturing and teaching anyone from 7 years old to degree level. I have run a number of education projects (in a remand home, a prison, a local primary school) and am now the e-learning project developer. I commission articles rather than write them and am mainly in charge of the Gallery related articles.
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