This week’s new releases on BFI Player+ (10th September)
James R | On 10, Sep 2016
Heard of BFI Player? Well, there’s also BFI Player+, a subscription service that offers an all-you-can-eat selection of hand-picked classics.
Every Friday, Mark Kermode highlights one of the collection’s titles with a video introduction. This week, it’s L’Age d’Or.
Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali’s surrealist classic is a film that scandalised 1930 society and banned for decades, which Kermode argues has lost none of its disruptive power. The fact that you can still remember the short’s shocking images only confirms it.
What else is available to stream? Every week, we bring you a round-up of the latest titles on BFI Player+. This week, it’s a veritable Jean Rollin fest:
BFI begins a Jean Rollin retrospective with the director’s best-known film: a bloody, sex-filled, gory vampire flick.
The Iron Rose
The Rollin mini-season continues with his 1973 film about a couple of lovers who meet in a vacant tomb, but find themselves unable to escape from the cemetery.
The Grapes of Death
This final horror in the BFI’s Rollin triple-bill follows a woman visiting France’s winemaking region of Roubles, only to discover that the pesticide used to treat the vineyards is turning people into zombies.
Speaking of Buñuel
José Luis López-Linares and Javier Rioyo’s 90-minute documentary profile of the legendary Luis Buñuel, comprising over 70 hours of interviews with key collaborators, is everything a fan of the Spanish director could want.
David Lean teamed up with his wife, Ann Todd, to make this 1950 take on an infamous 19th-century crime of passion. She plays a woman on trial for murdering her lover.
Heart of the Angel
Angel tube station is familiar part of the London transport scene, but what was it like before its current state? Molly Dineen’s behind-the-scenes documentary gives us the answer, with a portrait of the trials faced by the staff and passengers of the dilapidated station before it was modernised.
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