Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 257: Friday September 16

The Omen (Donner, 1976): Nomad Cinema at Fulham Palace, Bishop's Park, Fulham, SW6, 7.30pm

This is part of the Scala Forever season, a programme of 111 films and events at 26 venues through to October 2 that will celebrate the wonderful Scala cinema at King's Cross which closed in 1993. Here is an article I wrote in the Guardian on the history of the cinema and the season and here are the details of all the movies and special events on offer, via the Scala Forever website.

Going to the cinema does not have to entail driving to the out-of-town multiplex or even to any sort of picture house at all these days. There are plenty of pubs and clubs putting on films while the pop-up cinema phenomenon is becoming far more prevalent in the movie listings. The Nomad Cinema, run by the people at the excellent Lexi Cinema in Kensal Green, is the most adventurous of the pop-up brigade.

The Omen is a pretty perfect choice for a stormy outdoor screening and if the weather forecast is right the atmosphere should be ideal.

Chicago Reader review:

'Ambassador Gregory Peck finds that he's adopted the Antichrist (and he's a cute little feller too), in the slickest of the many demonic thrillers that followed in the wake of The Exorcist. Richard Donner directs more for speed than mood, but there are a few good shocks. With Lee Remick and David Warner (1976).' Dave Kehr

Here is the trailer.

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