This 16mm archive film from 1980 shows Sculptor John Buckley supervising the installation of the famous can-can legs on the Not the Moulin Rouge Cinema in Headington, Oxford. The can-can legs were taken down in 1991 when the cinema closed and re-erected at the Duke of York cinema in Brighton where they can be seen to this day, although John Buckley maintains that they are out of place there. His original vision for the Duke of York cinema was an array of giant birthday candles! This clip was compiled from fragments of a film entitled "Mixed Media" found in the archives of OFVM Film Oxford. A snippet from this footage was included in the new documentary The Ultimate Survivor.
Extended extract from an interview with a former usherette at the Jeune Street Picture Palace. Alice Richards worked at the cinema during the First World War. A snippet from this sequence was included in the new documentary The Ultimate Survivor. Find out more about The Ultimate Survivor documentary at www.picturepalace.org.uk
In 1985 Bill Heine screened a documentary called MI5's Official Secrets, in which a former civil servant alleged that MI5 had tapped the phones of political figures, trade unionists and activist groups. The broadcasting watchdog banned the film on the grounds of national security. In this extra footage from "The Ultimate Survivor" Bill recalls how he obtained the film and set about making it available to the public. This sequence was cut from The Ultimate Survivor.
The untold story of a legendary cinema
Starring: Ian Hislop, Brian Aldiss, Bill Heine, John Buckley and Mark Thompson...
The Ultimate Survivor tells the story of a remarkable institution through interviews with cinema historian Ian Meyrick; former owners and Oxford students including Ian Hislop (Private Eye; Have I got News for You) and Mark Thompson (BBC Director General) who recall the cinema in its 1970s heyday. The documentary also explores the infamous attempted screening in 1988 of A Clockwork Orange which brought the cinema, its owners and the eminent science fiction author Brian Aldiss into direct conflict with the film's mercurial director Stanley Kubrick.
With an evocative soundtrack,cutting edge 3d visual effects and a compelling narrative, The Ultimate Survivor offers an imaginative and colourful look at a previously untold aspect of cinema history
The Ultimate Survivor received its world premiere at the 100th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Ultimate Picture Palace on 24th February 2011
it was the only place where I could watch the type of movie I like
even the run down appearance was somehow part of its character...