Not getting your arthouse fix from Netflix? Wish there were more indie films on Amazon Prime Video? Every week, we round up the new releases on MUBI, the subscription VOD service that hand-picks new and old classics from around the world.
With MUBI’s exclusive release of Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room on Sunday 25th September, MUBI continues its retrospective of both the actor and director’s work.
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This week on MUBI
The Passionate Friends – 19th September
MUBI’s David Lean retrospective continues with this romantic drama about Mary, who unhappily marries a rich banker – but has a brief encounter with the poor lecturer she rejected years ago, which leaves her torn between the two. Ann Todd and Trevor Howard live up to their description in the title.
Keep the Lights On – 20th September
As Ira Sachs’ new film hits UK cinemas, MUBI takes us back to his early effort. When a film starts in a dimly lit room with a man on the phone to a sex hotline, you know you’re in for a happy 90 minutes. That grubby realism is what defines this frank romance. Made before his heart-warming Love Is Strange, starring Alfred Molina, this tragic drama is painful to witness, but Sachs’ skill lies in capturing the passing of time, and all the emotional baggage it carries with it.
A Matter of Life and Death – 21st September
MUBI’s Powell and Pressburger season peaks with their 1946 masterpiece, which sees Peter, a pilot, connect with June (Kim Hunter), a radio operator, as his plane is going down – only for him to unexpectedly survive and fall in love with her. But a messenger from heaven arrives to correct the existential error and escort him to the afterlife. A legal defence of love versus history is mounted, as the romantic epic hops effortlessly between the vibrant, colourful Earth and a black-and-white heaven. A celestial, swooning delight, this is surely one of the greatest films ever made.
Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (Mathieu Amalric) – 22nd September
With Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room now in cinemas and about to arrive on MUBI, the streaming service reminds us how good the actor can be in front of the camera with 2013’s Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, which sees Amalric play a gifted analyst who takes on the case of a Native American war veteran suffering mysterious blackouts.
Heartbeat Detector (Mathieu Amalric) – 23rd September
MUBI’s Mathieu Amalric build-up continues with this 2008 thriller, which sees the French actor play psychiatrist Simon Kessler, who is hired by a German chemical firm to assess the mental stability of its CEO.
Sans Rires (Mathieu Amalric) – Saturday 24th September
Before The Blue Room arrives, MUBI takes us back to Mathieu Amalric’s directorial debut, an intimate and melancholic look at the effects of the passage of time, which follows a former clown return to his old neighbourhood for the funeral of his ex-wife.
The Blue Room (Mathieu Amalric) – Sunday 25th September
This romantic drama about a man on trial for an unknown crime, months after having an affair, is a quietly gripping chamber piece that seduces with its intoxicating mystery. Read our review.
Broadway by Light – Monday 26th September
After MUBI’s Amalric season, it kicks off a William Klein retrospective with his first film, a short that marks his transition from photographer to director – declared by Orson Welles to be the “first film I’ve seen in which colour was absolutely necessary”.
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? – Tuesday 27th September
William Klein’s comedy stars Dorothy McGowan as a model, who tells a TV crew about her dreams of a life with prince charming, while fending off the lecherous advances of a horde of men.
The Model Couple – Wednesday 28th September
Klein’s satire of government surveillance and invasion of privacy sees two middle-class citizens chosen for a national experiment, which will require them to live in an apartment filled with modern appliances and filmed for six months.
Black Narcissus – Thursday 29th September
Adapted from the novel by Rumor Godden and filmed in Technicolor, Powell and Pressburger’s melodrama, starring Deborah Kerr, follows a group of nuns who open a convent in the Himalayas – and find trouble with the locals, the terrain and their own demons.
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean – Friday 30th September
Matthew Mishory’s 2013 film is an intimate, dreamlike portrait of the screen icon on the cusp of achieving fame.
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My Left Foot
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The Parallax View
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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
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