The Last Projectionist (2012)
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The Last Projectionist charts the amazing history of UK independent cinema, taking a tour of some of the most magical picture houses in the world. The story centres on The Electric in Birmingham, the oldest working cinema in Britian. From its silent beginnings in 1909; to a news and cartoon cinema during WWII; a porn cinema in the 70s & 80s; then saved from demolition and restored to its art deco glory in 2004.
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It's a well-made, fascinating documentary which will delight social historians, thrill cinephiles and enlighten younger generations who probably take the general quality of film-making today for granted.
A nostalgic advertorial for the recently refurbished (and very admirable) Electric Cinema in Birmingham, disingenuously billed as a documentary about British independent cinema.
This film occasionally looks like a sentimental in-house video, but it's an entertaining trip down cinema's memory lane.
The multi-talented Tom Lawes, owner of The Electric, does an extraordinary job directing, producing and editing the film, as well as writing the excellent score and recording it with his Electric Cinema Film Orchestra.
A missed opportunity. If you're going to make a film about your own cinema, at least give us a reason why we should care.
A celebration of cinematic magic, The Last Projectionist is an insightful cultural applause documenting the eclectic journey of Birmingham's Electric, Britain's oldest surviving cinema.
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