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From Russia with Love + War is Hell + discussion
Institute of Contemporary Arts
James Bond and Tatiana Romanova sit in the back of a car driving through the streets of London. Tatiana is looking at her ring
From Russia with Love, dir. Terence Young, UK / USA 1963, English, 115 min., PG

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.
Erika Balsom is a Reader in Film Studies at King’s College London, and the author of four books including Ten Skies.

Stanley Schtinter has been described as an ‘artist’ by the Daily Mail, as an ‘exorcist’ by the Daily Star. Recent projects include The Lock-In, a 96-hour film consisting solely of indoor pub footage from the British soap opera Eastenders, and Important Books (or, Manifestos Read by Children).

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