The Fall, dir. Peter Whitehead, UK 1969, 116 min., English
One of Britain’s most provocative and idiosyncratic filmmakers, Peter Whitehead (1937–2019) created a body of work which shocked, entertained and infuriated audiences in equal measure.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first screening at the ICA on 7 November 1969, the ICA Cinema screens a new restoration of Whitehead’s The Fall followed by a panel discussion.
A highly personal film – considered by Whitehead to be his most significant work – The Fall chronicles the turbulent, world-changing events that took place in America between the autumn of 1967 and the summer of 1968.
The film captures key events of the period – from anti-war protests at the Pentagon and Columbia University to the assassination of Robert Kennedy – exploring the transition from the optimism of ‘flower power’ to a darker, more violent, mood.
Featuring appearances from Paul Auster, Julie Bovasso, Stokely Carmichael, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Hayden, Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rudd, Gloria Steinem, Bert Stern and Penelope Tree, alongside a soundtrack including original music by The Nice and PP Arnold.
This screening is followed by a panel discussion hosted by Alissa Clarke with Steve Chibnall (both of whom curate the Peter Whitehead Archive at De Montfort University); James Riley, author of The Bad Trip: Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties; Alberta Tiburzi, fashion photographer and co-star of The Fall; and Sebastian Keep, assistant director, sound recordist and camera operator on The Fall.
Thu, 07 Nov 2019
£13 Full, £11 Concs/Green, £7 Blue Members.
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