September  Posted by filmlounge

THE REBEL (Robert Day, 1961, Cert U)

STOW FILM LOUNGE @ MIRTH, MARVEL & MAUD (SMALLER CINEMA ON THE LOWER LEVEL IN THE FORMER GRANADA), 186 HOE ST, WALTHAMSTOW 17 4QH. As part of the “Be Magnificent: Walthamstow School of Art 1957 – 1967″ exhibition at Waltham Forest’s William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum (in partnership with Create), Stow Film Lounge are presenting four film screenings relating to the creativity and influences generated from that time.

Our fourth and final event features the satirical comedy The Rebel starring Tony Hancock, who gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist and following a comedic turn of events continues to defend his “art”.

Written as a commentary on the clash of the bourgeois and bohemian cultures, the Hancock’s Half-Hour writing team continued to develop anti-intellectual themes within the already established format

David Sharp (BFI Screen online) states “in this film, comic rebellion places artists as the antithesis of workers and there is a kind of lazy shorthand at work that conflates artists with Paris, existentialism, angry young men, beatniks and beat poets. Cod philosophical discussions of what art is about permeate the film, but this reflects the times accurately and allows Hancock to get in his “You’re all raving mad” catch phrase as he quits the exhibition and its phony artists, artworks and monied hangers-on. The coda has him remaining true to himself, re-creating the Aphrodite statue once more, now with Irene Handl as his model. In an absurdist echo down the years, Aphrodite and the other works seen in the film were re-created by the London Institute of Pataphysics in 2002. Hancock would have loved the irony.”

Doors 19.45, Films 20.00, Close 23.00

£3 + 51p online booking fee and available online through SFL, at the Mirth bar or on the door.

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