Last week was a turning point for live events here in Sweden. After 6 months during which the largest audience for any kind of cultural or sporting event was eight people, the restrictions have now been eased and 50 socially distanced people are now permitted. Not enough to generate much income, but definitely a step in the right direction for those in the culture sector.
Time for a cinema thread! here’s a place for some meanderings on cinema present, cinema past, cinema future.
Adieu les cons! (Bye bye morons!) is a wickedly funny, 2020 French road movie by Albert Dupontel which I saw as a preview at the weekend. I‘ll tell you more later.
Hiveminders! What are the new films that you are looking forward to seeing at the cinema? Which movies should we all be looking out for?
Farväl fåtöljerna!!(Swedish for Goodbye cinema seats). Last week, some geezers came to Biograf Reflexen in Kärrtorp where I am a volunteer and removed almost all the seating. After 40 years of noble service to the bottoms of Stockholm, they are off to that great multiplex in the sky. I got a little sentimental and cinematic memories came thick and fast. (The new comfy chairs arrive in a week or two.)
What memories do you have of your early visits to the cinema? Saturday mornings at the ABC? Rooftop, outdoor screenings in the height of summer? That first X film when you were still only 14 years old? (For me, Dracula, Prince of Darkness at the notoriously lax South Harrow Odeon.)
Arriverderci Cinema Paradiso? The pandemic has been a watershed for the film industry. I fear a lot of local cinemas have gone to the wall or soon will do. But are there any positive developments?
If you want to look in your crystal ball, here is the place to make predictions.
I have lots of excellent new films that I want to tell you about, And more than a few bizarre cinema memories. Let’s get started!