Two choices today: 70s Euro horror or Michael Winner at the BFI
1 Either get yourself along to:
Queens of Evil (Cervi, 1970): Roxy Bar and Screen, London Bridge, 7.30pm
The Scala Beyond season is being launched tonight. That's good enough reason to get along to the Roxy - but in addition there's a FilmBar 70 screening of a lost cult classic.
Here is their introduction: Filmbar70 proudly presents a masterpiece of early ‘70s Italian genre
cinema, the stylish, sexy and enchanting ‘Queens of Evil’. Worshipped by
cult cinema aficionados but rarely seen, ‘Queens of Evil’ previously
has suffered from poorly presented releases. Filmbar has set the matter
straight to present the very best print available – remastered by our
own fair hands.
Starring Ray Lovelock, the sexiest leading Italian man of the ‘70s,
and a trio of very lovely ladies indeed, furnished with some dazzling
set-design, unafraid to tackle the issues of the time and unabashedly
romantic, ‘Queens of Evil’ is the quintessential Filmbar experience.
2 Or on the eve of the Olympics you can see:
The Games (Winner, 1969): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.30pm
A screening from The Flipside team at the BFI. I asked Will Fowler from The Flipside for the history and the ideas behind their screenings and you can read his thoughts here.
Here is their introduction to tonight's film: Stylishly shot around the world, with an impressive cast of international stars, this fast-paced 1960s drama
of Olympic intrigue sees humble milkman Harry Hayes (Michael Crawford) taken up
by a fanatical trainer (a splendidly straight-edged Stanley Baker) and facing
some tough decisions as he prepares for the Marathon event in Rome. Some
of his opponents: Colonel Pavel Vendek (Charles Aznavour), forced out of
retirement by the Czechoslovak authorities; Yale undergraduate playboy
Scott Reynolds (Ryan O'Neal) and exploited Aborigine mechanic Sunny Pintubi
(Athol Compton). On your marks, get set for a gripping, gruelling
Introduced by Vic Pratt and Will Fowler, BFI National Archive. We look
forward to welcoming Michael Winner for a Q&A session after the
Here is a short extract.