Thursday, 16 February 2012

George Melies and clockwork

Another trip to the big smoke. Adelaide's Rundle Street East cinemas, the Nova and Palace (same owners) have been through a useful refurbishing. The complex incorporates the former Imax big screen now neatly renamed the Eximax. Faced with a choice of The Iron Lady or Hugo, the more suitable timetable-wise was Hugo, and besides it was in 3D on the big screen. Good choice. Ben Kingsley plays the French film pioneer Georges Melies, melancholy and neurotic 30+ years after his creative glory days begun in the 1890s. A brilliant and quirky firm, directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by none other than ... Johnny Depp. The Iron Lady, and Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, will just have to wait.

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