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Barbican explores the urban experience in huge new 'City Visions' film season



City Visions 
25 Sep–8 Oct, Cinema 1, 2 & 3, 
Barbican London.

Tickets and details here. On sale now.


The Barbican has announced a mammoth new season that dives into the urban experience across different nations and time periods through screenings, talks and exhibitions. Beginning with the London premiere of Cathedrals of CultureCity Visions will explored the high and lows of city living with a collection of films from directors such as Spike Lee and David Lynch.

The complete list is below, but personal highlights would have to be Detropia: a mournful look at the decline of the once-proud 'motor city' of  Detroit. Also
essential is Thom Andersen’s engrossing essay about LA, Los Angeles Plays Itself, which weaves together clips from hundreds of movies – old and new, legendary and obscure to tell the story of how LA exits in cultural memory via cinema for good and ill. Another LA tale - David Lynch's richly atmospheric and surreal Mulholland Drive - is also a must-see. 

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From the Barbican Site:

In the 21st century, the city will triumph. Already 50% of the earth’s population lives in urban centres, and as rural workers flock to cities around the world, this is predicted to rise to over 75% by 2050. Urban growth has never been more explosive. 

This season of films, talks and debates, which takesConstructing Worlds exhibition in the Art Gallery as its catalyst, explores the ways in which cinema has engaged with the phenomenon of the modern city and the experience of urban life. Film has celebrated the freedoms and energy of the city; it has also provided memorable images of urban decay and anxiety, and engaged with key debates around architecture, urban planning and globalization. 

Beginning with the cycle of silent films in the 1920s known asCity Symphonies, and extending to current-day representations of life in the over-saturated megalopolises of South America, Africa and China, City Visions offers a compelling worldwide exploration of the urban environment and experience on screen.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Guardian Cities. Look out for the special Guardian Cities Surprise Screening on Saturday 27 September.

LISTINGS:

Cathedrals of Culture (12A)

7.30pm/London Premiere
25 Sep 14 / 19:30 / Cinema 1
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Live Debate: Are Cities Good for Us?
6.30pm/With Leo Hollis and Alastair Donald
26 Sep 14 / 18:30 / Cinema 2
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Ecopolis China (#)
8.30pm/+ Introduction by journalist Herbert Wright
26 Sep 14 / 20:45 / Cinema 2
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Two or Three Things I Know About Her (15)
4pm
27 Sep 14 / 16:00 / Cinema 2
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La Haine (15)
4.15pm
27 Sep 14 / 16:15 / Cinema 3
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Guardian Cities Surprise Screening (#)
6pm
27 Sep 14 / 18:00 / Cinema 1
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Mulholland Drive (15)
8pm/+ Introduction by author Richard Martin
27 Sep 14 / 20:00 / Cinema 2
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Footsteps in Jerusalem (PG*)
4pm/+ ScreenTalk with chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, and film scholar Yael Friedman
28 Sep 14 / 16:00 / Cinema 2
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Berlin, Symphony of a City (U)
4pm / Introduction by film critic Ian Christie
28 Sep 14 / 16:00 / Cinema 1
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Rohmer in Paris (PG*)
7pm / Introduction by director Richard Misek
28 Sep 14 / 19:00 / Cinema 2
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Love in the Afternoon (15)
8.45pm
28 Sep 14 / 20:45 / Cinema 2
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Manila in the Claws of Light (15)
6.20pm
29 Sep 14 / 18:20 / Cinema 2
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Lagos Wide and Close - An Interactive Journey Into An Exploding City (#)
8.40pm
29 Sep 14 / 20:40 / Cinema 2
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A Touch of Sin (18)
6.15pm
30 Sep 14 / 18:15 / Cinema 2
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People's Park (U*)
8.45pm
30 Sep 14 / 20:45 / Cinema 2
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Ekumenopolis: City Without Limits (U)
6.15pm /+ Introduction from Istanbul by Constanze Letsch
1 Oct 14 / 18:15 / Cinema 2
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Cairo Drive (PG*)
8.15pm/+ Screentalk with director Sherief Elkatsha and film scholar Alisa Lebow
1 Oct 14 / 20:15 / Cinema 2
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Calle Lopez (Lopez Street) (#)
6.30pm/UK Premiere
2 Oct 14 / 18:30 / Cinema 2
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Megacities-Twelve Stories of Survival (15*)
8.15pm
2 Oct 14 / 20:15 / Cinema 2
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Detropia (PG*)
6.30pm/+ Introduction from Detroit by Rose Hackman
3 Oct 14 / 18:30 / Cinema 2
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Do the Right Thing (18)
8.30pm/+ Introduction by journalist and playwright Bonnie Greer
3 Oct 14 / 20:30 / Cinema 2
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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (PG)
4pm/+ Panel discussion on gender and the city
4 Oct 14 / 16:00 / Cinema 2
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Jem Cohen NYC Films (12A*)
7pm
4 Oct 14 / 19:00 / Cinema 2
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Manhattan (12A)
8.15pm
4 Oct 14 / 20:45 / Cinema 2
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Precise Poetry/Lina Bo Bardi's Architecture (*)
2pm/+ Introduction by architect Ana Araújo
5 Oct 14 / 14:00 / Cinema 2
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Sao Paulo, A Metropolitan Symphony (*)
4pm/With live piano accompaniment by Clélia Iruzun
5 Oct 14 / 16:00 / Cinema 1
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Oscar Niemeyer- Life is a Breath of Air (15)
6pm/+ Panel discussion on the impact of Brazilian architecture worldwide
5 Oct 14 / 18:00 / Cinema 2
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Neighbouring Sounds (15)
8.30pm
5 Oct 14 / 20:30 / Cinema 2
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Highrise (U*)
6.15pm/+ Introduction and ScreenTalk with Sarah Arruda
6 Oct 14 / 18:15 / Cinema 2
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The Big City (PG)
8.15pm/+ Introduction by Amit Chaudhuri
6 Oct 14 / 20:15 / Cinema 2
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Los Angeles Plays Itself (15*)
7pm
7 Oct 14 / 19:00 / Cinema 2
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Architecture on Film: The Airstrip - Decampment of Modernism, Part III (PG)
7pm
8 Oct 14 / 19:00 / Cinema 1
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Man with a Movie Camera (U)
4pm/With live musical accompaniment by Paul Robinson's HarmonieBand
26 Oct 14 / 16:00 / Cinema 1
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Etudes sur Paris (U)
4pm/With live musical accompaniment by the Prima Vista Quartet, devised and composed by Baudime Jam
9 Nov 14 / 16:00 / Cinema 1
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