This week’s new releases on BFI Player+ (20th February)
James R | On 20, Feb 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 Interior. Leather. Bar. “Infuriating, indulgent and intriguing” is how Kermode describes James Franco’s revisit of William Friedkin’s thriller. Delving into the 40 minutes Friedkin cut from his original – minutes that effectively amounted to extremely graphic footage of hardcore acts – Franco’s film emerges as a quasi-documentary exploring the boundary between art and (ahem) adult movies. To put it mildly, it’s “not for everyone”.
What else is available to stream? Every week, we bring you a round-up of the latest titles on BFI Player+:
Tomorrow Never Comes
Oliver Reed stars in the 1977 drama about a hostage negotiator trying to secure the release of Susan George from her partner.
Cheryl Farthing’s 1991 drama about a lesbian couple who arouse the interest of their new neighbour is an exploration of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy. You’ll never think of Citizen Kane in the same way again.
They Caught the Ferry
BFI continues once more to expand its Carl Theodor Dreyer collection with this fast-paced road safety short film from 1948.
If in doubt, Carl Theodor Dreyer. Someone must have that on the wall of the BFI offices, as they turn again to the director for his first short film, which celebrates the work of the Mother’s Aid institution.
A man claims to be able to kill others with a shout learned from an Aboriginal shaman in this 1978 Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner, which stars John Hurt, Susannah York and a healthy serving of Devon coastline.
The Master of the House
Scroll through Carl Theodor Dreyer’s IMDb page and pick one at random and the chances are you’ll have chosen the next new arrival on BFI Player+. This time, it’s his 1925 domestic tragicomedy.
Steve Gough’s 1992 drama sees a German pilot crash in the words during WWII, only to be looked after by a naive 12-year-old girl.