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.

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Details
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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