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Dan Carrier’s movies news: The Farewell; London Film Festival

19 September, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

Life, Love and Laughter

RAVE reviews abound for the smash-hit comedy drama The Farewell, a heart-warming tale of a Chinese-American family and the bonds that hold people together.

Based on director Lulu Wang’s memoirs, it focuses on things we tell the people we love the most to protect them from hurt – and how such little white lies can expand to become whoppers.

• As ever, plenty to choose from in the programme of the BFI’s London Film Festival, which runs October 2-13.

The trick is not to worry too much about scoring tickets for the biggies, the galas and premiere feature movies that you’ll see again soon on the big screen.

Nope, ferret out some of the lesser-known flicks.

One such movie is Life, Love and Laughter – a recently rediscovered 1923 film starring Betty Balfour.

Betty was one of the biggest stars in her day – and this film has long been a holy grail for archivists to hunt down as it showcases just why.

This print was eventually found in the EYE Film Museum in Holland, and is a Dutch language version.

It has been carefully restored and given English subtitles.

It tells the story of a pair of working-class youngsters with big dreams – a cheery chorus girl and a serious writer – and director George Pearson has created a story that the BFI says “toys with our expectations, blurring the boundaries of reverie and reality, tragedy and comedy”.

Nice.

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