Film Studies students and staff curate programme of classic films for Ultimate Picture Palace

Monday, 13 February 2017

UPP film studies event

Film Studies staff and students have curated a special season of classic films for the Ultimate Picture Palace in Oxford.

Until Monday 13 March, the Ultimate Picture Palace will screen an eclectic mix of musicals, horror, gangster epics and adventure films, all of which have been chosen by staff and Master’s students on the course.

Working with the Ultimate Picture Palace provides our students with invaluable experience and allows them to learn about cinema programming.

Dr James Cateridge, Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts, Oxford Brookes University

The University has worked with the Ultimate Picture Palace for a number of years and many students regularly volunteer with the Cowley Road cinema. Last year, a third-year Film Studies student organised a ‘Critics Fortnight’ series of screenings as part of his coursework and brought six nationally-recognised film critics to the cinema.  

Dr James Cateridge, Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University said: “Working with the Ultimate Picture Palace provides our students with invaluable experience and allows them to learn about cinema programming.

“Each of the students has chosen a classic film which they will also introduce on the screening nights.”

The season will include screenings of the 1964 Palme d’Or-winning musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a re-issue of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, Nicolas Roeg’s thriller Don’t Look Now and Captain Blood starring Errol Flynn.

Master’s student Robert Williamson chose Albert Lewin’s technicolour romance Pandora and the Flying Dutchman which screened on Sunday (12 February). Speaking about why he chose the film, he said: “Movie magic is an overused term, but this film fits the description. Restored in 2010 by Martin Scorsese, it is now considered to be one of the most beautiful films ever made. 

“I’ve seen it over a dozen times, but each viewing still captivates me to watch it again – my definition of a great film.”

The full programme can be found on the Ultimate Picture Palace website.

Information about studying Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Arts webpages.