Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

There’s a real variety on offer in cinemas this month. From classic Charlie Chaplin comedy, to a restored Hitchcock, and an ’80s vampire double bill, film fans of all stripes should find something to enjoy.

HOME have a season dedicated to exploring the work of Hollywood Blacklistees in Europe. Accused of communist sympathies or just unwilling to collaborate with the authorities, these filmmakers forged a path abroad and played a part in some of the most distinctive films of their era.

At Liverpool’s FACT, there’s an exploration of the work of famed Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. Featuring spaghetti westerns, sweeping crime sagas and art-house thrillers, there isn’t a dud amongst this programme of hits and under-seen gems.

There’s also a couple of film seasons dedicated to two of contemporary cinema’s biggest provocateurs. Also at FACT, Gaspar Noé has been invited to curate a programme of movies relating to his latest opus, Vortex. While in Manchester, Odeon have lined up a series of Paul Verhoeven’s Hollywood hits — including RobocopBasic Instinct and Total Recall — to coincide with the release of his latest, the excellent nunsploitation flick, Benedetta.

Here are our picks

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