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Now showing at Bridport Arts Centre 9-9A,South Street,Bridport,Dorset DT6 3NR 01308 424204

  • Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists
  • Selma

Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists 3 stars

A behind-the-scenes documentary on the Inventing Impressionism exhibition from the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris, National Gallery in London and Philadelphia Museum of Art, which explores how art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel created the modern art market by discovering Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir in the early 1870s and buying their works when they were still largely ignored or ridiculed.

In 1886 New York, at a time when Impressionism faced total failure, Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel took the brave decision to introduce these distinctive and modern French paintings to wealthy and enlightened Americans. The enthusiastic response convinced Durand-Ruel to fill American galleries with Impressionist masterpieces and revive interest in luminaries such as Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir. Phil Grabsky's documentary, which has been made in collaboration with the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, charts the inspirational story of Durand-Ruel and the artists he championed, who are on display until the end of May at the National Gallery in London as part of the Inventing Impressionism exhibition.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Wednesday 27th May 2015

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Selma 4 stars

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In 1960s America, political bureaucracy and prejudice deny the African-American electorate the chance to vote. Martin Luther King entreats the President to right this democratic wrong but Lyndon Johnson and his adviser Lee C White don't consider voting rights to be high on their list of priorities. So King and his team head to the community of Selma, Alabama to lead a peaceful protest march with their friends from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

  • GenreDrama, Historical/Period
  • CastCarmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Giovanni Ribisi.
  • DirectorAva DuVernay.
  • WriterPaul Webb.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration128 mins
  • Official sitewww.selmamovie.com
  • Release06/02/2015

More than 45 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, director Ava DuVernay honours the memory of the leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement with this impassioned biopic. While there are lingering doubts about the historical accuracy of Selma, the emotional wallop the film delivers is beyond question.

In particular, the recreation of the iconic march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge chills the blood. Oxford-born actor David Oyelowo delivers a breakout performance replete with Georgia accent as the activist. He is mesmerising and would surely have been in Oscar contention as Best Actor later this month had Paul Webb's script gifted him a few more barnstorming speeches.

DuVernay opens with a chilling act of violence that exemplifies racial tensions of the era. In 1960s America, political bureaucracy and prejudice deny the African-American electorate the chance to vote in the forthcoming election in which President Lyndon B Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) hopes to be returned to the White House by the people.

Martin Luther King Jr (Oyelowo) entreats the President to right this democratic wrong but Johnson and his adviser Lee C White (Giovanni Ribisi) don't consider voting rights to be high on their list of priorities.

So King and his team head to the community of Selma, Alabama to lead a peaceful protest march with their friends from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The President seeks a private audience with J Edgar Hoover (Dylan Baker), the first Director of the FBI, to discuss how to remove this thorn from his side.

"We can weaken the dynamic, dismantle the family," explains Hoover, referring to tensions between King and his wife Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo). In Selma, local police under the jurisdiction of Governor George Wallace (Tim Roth) attack protesters with batons as TV cameras capture the brutality for horrified viewers.

Consequently, pressure grows on Johnson to intervene while King takes temporary leave of his wife and family to spearhead a second march.

Selma skilfully ebbs and flows between events in Alabama and Washington, relentlessly cranking up the tension between figures on both sides of the debate. Oyelowo is supported by a terrific ensemble cast including Ejogo as the dutiful wife, who stands by her man despite his dalliances away from home. "Do you love me?" coolly asks Coretta in one of the film's most memorable scenes. "Do you love the others?"

Roth chews scenery as the Governor who believes resistance should be met with extreme force, while Wilkinson brings a touch of desperation to the most powerful man on Capitol Hill. Luther King Jr had a dream and through the lens of DuVernay's film, we are minded that we must all continue to chase it.

Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)

Thursday 28th May 2015
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