January 2018, arsenal cinema

Classics not only for children


Slapstick numbers and precisely timed gestures, mimicry and movements are not necessarily associated with improvisation - the theme of January’s Magical History Tour. Yet, the Marx Brothers, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy and Buster Keaton are known for their love of improvisation in the rehearsal phase, as well as during shoots.

THE GENERAL (Clyde Bruckman, B. Keaton, USA 1926, 7., 14., 28.1.) Five screenwriters worked on the adaptation of the book that THE GENERAL is based upon. But Buster Keaton improvised various gags and details during the shoot itself. The result is a sometimes surreal civil war comedy about a locomotive driver (Keaton) who rescues not only his   adored Annabelle but also his beloved locomotive, "The General", from the enemy, completely underestimating the risks at hand. (mg)

arsenal cinema: Unknown Pleasures #9
 – American Independent Film Fest

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Columbus Kogonada USA 2017
With Haley Lu Richardson, John Cho, Parker Posey
DCP OV 104 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
Improvisation in Film

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand

*Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand Helma Sanders-Brahms
FRG 1975 With Grischa Huber, Heinrich Giskes, Ursula von Berg
DCP 103 min

arsenal cinema: Unknown Pleasures #9
 – American Independent Film Fest

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Gemini Aaron Katz USA 2017
With Lola Kirke, Zöe Kravitz, John Cho USA 2017
DCP OV 93 min