Last Movies remaps the first century of cinema according to what a selection of its key cultural icons saw just before dying. Conceived and created by Stanley Schtinter to enable an audience ‘to see what those who see no longer saw last,’ the ICA hosts a five-month programme to coincide with the publication of his book of the same title, described by Alan Moore as ‘Profound and riveting . . . a remarkable achievement,’ and by Laura Mulvey as ‘deeply thought-provoking.’
According to Erika Balsom, Last Movies ‘abandons all those calcified criteria most frequently used to organise cinema programmes ... period, nation, genre, director, star, theme: nothing internal to these films motivates their inclusion, their ‘quality’ least of all ... Last Movies embraces chance.’
Balsom will be in conversation with Schtinter to launch the programme and publication on 22 November, the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death. Kennedy tethered his image to that of James Bond’s; United Artists produced From Russia with Love due to the President’s affection for the book. This film will screen alongside a fifteen-minute fragment of War is Hell, the ‘lost’ movie that the President’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was in the cinema watching at the time of his arrest.
Wed, 22 Nov 2023
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