Cinémathèque Programmes at the National Museum

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World Cinema Series
A Programme of the National Museum Cinémathèque
13 November & 11 December
(Every second Tuesday of the month)
Gallery Theatre, Basement
S$8 (S$6.40 concession)

World Cinema Series is a monthly screening of works by the boldest and most inventive auteurs from the history of cinema. This series chart both the significant and less discovered territories of cinema – from the early silent era, to underground films, and new wave film movements around the world by some of the greatest mavericks and artists of film.

In October, catch the story of the crippled newspaper seller Kinawi, as a rejection in love causes him to descend into a spiral of jealousy, psychosis and violence in Cairo Station. Screening in November will be King Hu’s most acclaimed and ambitious film, A Touch of Zen. A milestone in martial arts cinema and named as one of Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Best Films, this film revolutionised the martial arts genre and influenced the works of directors like Tsui Hark (Swordsman II), Ang Lee (Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and John Carpenter (Big Trouble in Little China). Finally, Killer of Sheep in December examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.

Discover the wonders and possibilities of the art of cinema on the big screen – as it was meant to be seen - with the World Cinema Series.

"A masterpiece. One of the most insightful and authentic dramas about African-American life on film. One of the finest American films, period." – Dave Kehr, International Herald Tribute (on Killer of Sheep)

Please book tickets online at (go to Online Booking Page) or at our Visitor Services Counter at the National Museum of Singapore.

The Periphery Strikes Back
A programme of the National Museum Cinémathèque
19 – 20 November
Gallery Theatre
S$8 (S$6.40 concession)

The Periphery Strikes Back is the National Museum’s 120th Anniversary film programme which highlights the relationship between colonialism and the formation of museums. The programme also examines the different ways which the East and West view and influence each other through the medium of film.

This selection includes, The Island of Demons (1933) by Friedrich Dalsheim, Viktor von Plessen and Walter Spies – a classic Bali film which reinforced the early representation of Balinese culture by the West, and the powerful Indonesia Calling (1946) by Joris Ivens – one of the earliest anti-colonialist documentaries ever made.

Rounding off the programme is the inventive, magical and politically incisive Perfumed Nightmare (1978) by Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik – a semi-autobiographical film on his awakening to the American cultural colonialism and his subsequent reaction.

Monday 19 Nov, 7.30 pm
The Island of Demons
Dir: Friedrich Dalsheim
1933 / Germany / 74 min

Indonesia Calling
Dir: Joris Ivens
1946 / Australia / 22 min
(Total duration: 96 min)

Tuesday 20 Nov, 7.30 pm
Perfumed Nightmare
Dir: Kidlat Tahimik
1978 / Philippines / 91 min / 16 mm / PG

Please book tickets online at (go to Online Booking Page) or at our Visitor Services Counter at the National Museum of Singapore.

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