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Monocle 24’s carefully curated selection of the best in cinema. Hear from film-makers, critics and legends of the craft as we shine a spotlight on everything from revivals and the restoration of vintage cuts to European film and the role of the auteur. ‘The Cinema Show’ is brought to you in association with MUBI.

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The original picture palace:

Take a step inside America’s original picture palace. Since it hosted Hollywood’s very first motion picture premiere, the Egyptian Theatre has been attracting patrons to its exotic grandeur. And it’s now one of the few theatres able to screen nitrate film stock – discontinued in the 1950s due to its highly flammable state. Plus: 2017’s best releases so far and titles to watch out for in the months ahead.

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21 Jul 2017
5 min

Action! 07: Designing for Tom Ford: 

Meet the man who helped give “Nocturnal Animals” the unmistakable look for which its director, Tom Ford, is so well regarded. From 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton” to Ryan Murphy’s “The Normal Heart”, Shane Valentino explains how he designs for the screen.

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8519 Jul 2017
30 min

The original picture palace: 

Take a step inside America’s original picture palace. Since it hosted Hollywood’s very first motion picture premiere, the Egyptian Theatre has been attracting patrons to its exotic grandeur. And it’s now one of the few theatres able to screen nitrate film stock – discontinued in the 1950s due to its highly flammable state. Plus: 2017’s best releases so far and titles to watch out for in the months ahead.

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14 Jul 2017
4 min

Action! 06: How to make a Nike commercial: 

Before he was making feature films Adam Smith was the creative force behind several television campaigns for brands including Nike and Adidas. He shares his thoughts on what makes an attention-grabbing TV spot.

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8412 Jul 2017
30 min

Cinema under the stars: 

We’re mixing an Aperol Spritz with some of our favourite film-makers as we embark on a tour of our favourite outdoor cinematic locations. We sit down for lunch with Paolo Sorrentino and take a tour of the sites of Rome as seen in ‘The Great Beauty’, before stopping off in Belgrade for a look at the city’s favourite outdoor screening event: Filmstreet.

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7 Jul 2017
9 min

Action! 05: Rooftop movies: 

As a sweltering summer’s day comes to a close, Melbourne’s city rooftops are transformed into bars, restaurants and, in some cases, cinemas. Pour yourself a cocktail as we explore the Lido’s screening space under the stars.

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835 Jul 2017
30 min

American roadtrip: 

Pack your bags! We’re taking a ride across the US to visit some of the locations behind the country’s film history. In Dallas, we take a seat in the cinema where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested shortly after the death of president John F Kennedy. Plus: how superheroes give voice to American cultural fears and the new documentary that questions popular perceptions of genetically modified food.

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30 Jun 2017
9 min

Action! 04: Cinematic harmony: 

Come waltz with us in Vienna! Alexei Korolyov discovers how the city’s rich history of classical music gave rise to the modern film score.

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8228 Jun 2017
30 min

Movies of the Mediterranean: 

Setting sail on the blue waters of the Mediterranean, we explore the real-life locations behind some of our favourite films. Malta’s film commission explains how the tiny nation has acted as a stand-in for just about everywhere, we take a tour of Italy’s most cinematic coastline and we examine the extraordinary story behind the stunning 1958 film ‘Bonjour Tristesse’.

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23 Jun 2017
8 min

Action! 03: A beautifully designed screening house: 

With its exposed brick walls, custom red chairs and lush indoor greenery, New York’s Metrograph cinema is one of the world’s most beautifully designed independent picturehouses. We take a seat with founder and designer Alexander Olch.

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8121 Jun 2017
30 min

Art of the title: 

The designers of the opening sequence of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’ explain the importance of handcrafted originality in the digital age. Plus: ‘Slack Bay’ director Bruno Dumont takes us to the French coast with Juliette Binoche and we touch down in Vienna to rediscover the city’s favourite film.

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16 Jun 2017
9 min

Action! 02: Designing movies: 

Miljen Kreka Kljakovic has undertaken some fairly ambitious projects during his decades-long career as a production designer. He’s recreated Venice in Luxembourg and Mecca in Iran. We pay a visit to his workshop to find out how the magic is made.

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8014 Jun 2017
30 min

‘Churchill’ and ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’: 

Miranda Richardson and Brian Cox reveal what they learnt about the concept of leadership while playing the UK’s first couple in the new film, ‘Churchill’. Plus: director Nick Broomfield discusses his new documentary exploring another side of the legendary performer, Whitney Houston, and our top five reasons to revisit Adam West’s feature film version of ‘Batman’.

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799 Jun 2017
30 min

A cinematic grand tour: 

The nest of houses beneath the famous Hollywood sign is one of the best places to view the popular landmark. But some residents of the Hollywoodland neighbourhood are going to extraordinary lengths to ban tourists – with some even calling for the sign to be removed. Plus: we find out why one of Argentina’s favourite film festivals has erupted in street protests and Italian fashion designer Massimo Alba guides us through his favourite cinematic location in the Bay of Naples.

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7 Jun 2017
7 min

Action! 01: How to make a choc-top: 

Welcome to The Cinema Show’s bite-size spin-off: Action! Each week we’ll meet the makers behind all facets of the cinema-going experience. In this premiere episode we discover the secret to perfecting Australia’s favourite movie-time snack, the ice cream choc-top.

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782 Jun 2017
30 min

Handcrafted movies: 

Director Patty Jenkins was given an enormous challenge when she took on the blockbuster adaptation of superhero staple Wonder Woman. We ask whether it was worth the long wait. Plus: a special look at the handcrafted side of movie-making with poster designer Sam Smith and meet the curators of London’s ArchFilmFestival.

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