Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

Cinema Rediscovered 2019

Season

Please note: this season finished in July 2019

From the first bite of that forbidden apple in the story of Adam and Eve, through eras of over and under indulgence as a metaphor for social and political change, the way we see others feast and starve in cinema is linked to real life social decay.

Whether it was a moralising tale designed to caution or a comment on injustice hoping to incite change, each of the films served up in this buffet of fear, oppression, desperation and desire hopes to activate its viewers into action.

From the heady days of the Czechoslovak New Wave through Thatcherism, authoritarianism, dystopic futures and right down to the bare bones of our own bodies, Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance showcases brilliant, bold and bittersweet filmmaking from Vera Chytilová, Ester Krumbachová, Peter Greenaway, Marco Ferreri, Richard Fleischer and Rachel Maclean.


Previous screenings in this season

Trip to Curzon: Soylent Green

 Classified 15  Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance
Trip to Curzon: Soylent Green
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Join us on a day trip to Curzon Cinema and Arts in Clevedon for a tour of one of the oldest running cinemas in the UK, followed by a screening of iconic sci- fi Soylent Green.

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

 Classified 18  Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance
The Cook, The Thief, The Wife & Her Lover
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Given an X rating in the US, and creating a furore on home shores for its allegory on Thatcherism, Peter Greenaway's infamous avant-garde crime dramedy is a foul feast on Britain's social, moral and political carcass.

The Murder of Mr Devil

 Classified 15  S  Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance
The Murder of Mr Devil
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Released the same year as Chytilová's Fruit of Paradise, and as an unofficial sequel to Daisies, Krumbachová The Murder of Mr Devil is another outrageous and acerbic tale of provocative moral anarchy.

La Grande Bouffe

 Classified 18  S  Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance
La Grande Bouffe
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Feast your eyes on this seminal tale of greed, hedonism and excess, just don't get tempted to take a bite!

Society

 Classified 18  Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance
Society
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
From Brian Yuzna, the filmmaker behind Re-Animator, comes yet another gross out B-movie, but this time it's dripping with salty satire. Shelved for three years after its debut on the festival circuit, first at Cannes, the film finally gained a US theatrical release in 1992.

Fruit of Paradise

 Classified 12A  S  Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance
Fruit of Paradise
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Take a bittersweet bite from the tree of transgression. Made at the height of the Czech New Wave cinema, Vera Chytilová's film is a direct and subversive response to the political struggle in the former Czechoslovakia.

Make Me Up

 Classified 15  Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance
Make Me Up
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
This darkly-comic film by multimedia artist Rachel Maclean takes a satirical look at how TV and social media can be fun spaces to explore identity, but simultaneously a gilded prison that encourages women to conform to strict beauty ideals.