The British Film Institute Shows Off A Pre-Code Selection in May 2014!

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The British have decided to go a bit pre-Code crazy this month. Anyone with a subscription to well-regarded “Sight & Sound” magazine has probably picked up on this as its cover story for May 2014 goes into the history of pre-Code movies and its taboo-breaking habits. I haven’t read the issue yet (still psyching myself up to spend the $20 it’s going to cost to get it here) but, considering its pedigree, I have high hopes. You can read about the issue here.

But those wacky blokes across the pond (or, in my case, across the sea and the continent of Asia and then another sea) didn’t stop there. The British Film Institute is doing a ‘Deep Focus’ screening series containing double and single features of many pre-Code classics with introductions by a host of film experts. These showings will happen at their BFI Softbank Theater in London (more on the location here), and take place in the evenings throughout the month. You can see the full schedule and where to purchase tickets here, and it looks like many of these are selling out fast. Buy now if you think you want to go! (And if you’re on this site, you do!)

Here’s the schedule with links to my own reviews. They’re only featuring a few films I haven’t seen, but considering the quality of their choices, I’d say its pretty hard to go wrong.

UPDATE: Thanks to a comment from James Bell, I have added additional showtimes throughout April you can check out as part of their Passport to Cinema series. It also sounds like the pre-Code series extends into July, though there isn’t a schedule yet. So stay tuned! And, again, check this stuff out if you get a chance!

April 16th, 8:50 PM I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
April 17th, 6:10 PM King Kong
April 18th, 8:45 PM King Kong
April 21st, 6:10 PM I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
April 21st, 8:50 PM Freaks
April 25th, 8:50 PM I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
April 28th, 6:10 PM Red Dust
April 29th, 8:40 PM Red Dust
April 30th, 8:40 PM Red Dust
May 1, 8:15 PM Little Caesar and Two Seconds
May 2, 6:20 PM A lecture entitled, “Vile and Unwholesome Moving Pictures.”
Presented by Mike Mashon.
May 2, 8:30 PM The Gold Diggers of 1933
May 3, 2:30 PM Night Nurse and Baby Face
May 3, 5:50 PM Little Caesar and Two Seconds
May 5, 6:10 PM 42nd Street
May 5, 8:15 PM Employees’ Entrance and Taxi!
May 9, 6:15 PM The Gold Diggers of 1933
May 10, 5:50 PM Three on a Match and Redheaded Woman
May 11, 3:00 PM Night Nurse and Baby Face
May 11, 6:20 PM The Front Page
May 11, 8:15 PM Employees’ Entrance and Taxi!
May 12, 6:10 PM The Front Page
May 13, 6:20 PM 42nd Street
May 19, 6:10 PM Duck Soup
May 20, 8:45 PM Duck Soup
May 23, 5:45 PM Jewel Robbery and Trouble in Paradise
May 23, 8:50 PM Gabriel Over the White House
May 24, 5:40 PM Jewel Robbery and Trouble in Paradise
May 24, 8:30 PM Design for Living
May 25, 5:40 PM Hell’s Highway and 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
May 25, 8:40 PM Gabriel Over the White House
May 26, 2:50 PM Wild Boys of the Road and Heroes for Sale
May 26, 5:50 PM Madam Satan
May 27, 8:20 PM The Story of Temple Drake and Virtue
May 28, 5:50 PM Wild Boys of the Road and Heroes for Sale
May 28, 8:30 PM Madam Satan
May 30, 5:40 PM Murders in the Zoo and Island of Lost Souls
May 30, 8:20 PM Hell’s Highway and 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
May 31, 4:00 PM Design for Living
May 31, 5:45 PM The Story of Temple Drake and Virtue
May 31, 8:20 PM Murders in the Zoo and Island of Lost Souls

If you end up going to the festival, drop me a line either here or at my Twitter and let me know how it goes!