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BFI LOVE at the British Museum

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THIS Autumn, the BFI will rekindle the nation’s passion for film and television’s most enduring love stories with a major UK-wide season dedicated to LOVE, running from late October to the end of December 2015.

A special Summer Love Weekend at the British Museum over the August Bank Holiday (August 27 – 29) will act as a curtain raiser for the main project.

Sunset screenings of romantic classics in the historic grounds of the British Museum include A Room with a View (1985), Badlands (1973) and The Princess Bride (1987). They will be screened consecutively from Thursday, August 27 to Saturday, August 29, 2015.

For the fourth year running, the BFI will transform the British Museum and project the films onto a huge, state-of-the-art screen, accompanied by a stellar sound-system to thrill audiences of up to 1,200 each night.

Opening the weekend on Thursday, August 27, will be Merchant-Ivory’s elegant production of A Room with a View, adapted from E M Forster’s witty Edwardian novel and starring Helena Bonham-Carter in one of her earliest screen roles.

A moment of passion threatens to overturn everything when Lucy, a young Englishwoman touring Italy with her older cousin (Maggie Smith), finds herself un-chaperoned in the ravishing Tuscan countryside. Featuring a wonderful British ensemble cast including Simon Callow, Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis, A Room with a View boasts stunning location photography and exquisite period styling, and is a feast for the senses.

On Friday, August 28, there will be a screening of Terrence Malick’s extraordinary and beautiful portrait of lovers on the run, Badlands. Filmed in the summer of 1972, but set in a dreamlike and indistinct 1950s America, the film follows 15-year-old Holly (Sissy Spacek) as she falls, against her father’s wishes, for charismatic local greaser Kit (Martin Sheen), trusting implicitly in her protector despite his increasingly violent and anti-social behaviour.

Concluding the weekend on Saturday, August 29, will be a screening of Rob Reiner’s endlessly quotable cult classic The Princess Bride. Buttercup’s (Robin Wright) dreams of a life with farm boy Westley (Cary Elwes) don’t go quite as she might wish when she hears of his apparent tragic death at sea. Heartbroken, she acquiesces to bad guy Prince Humperdinck, but is kidnapped by an unforgettable trio of outlaws and set on a path to adventure.

This timeless cult fantasy combines New York wit, classic British character acting, and knowing but heartfelt story-telling to brilliant effect.

Details of the full programme for BFI LOVE, including screenings, events, film and DVD releases, special guests and more, will be revealed on Tuesday, September 15 at BFI Southbank.