Arguably the founding work of the American independent cinema
Set in the jazzy, beatnik underground of 1950s New York, John Cassavetes’ first film features a wild score by Charles Mingus, improvised performances, a gritty naturalism and is now widely considered to be a landmark in independent filmmaking. A black woman begins an affair with a white man, creating family and racial tension – a practically taboo and groundbreaking subject in pre-civil rights era America and American cinema. Regent Street Cinema is Britain's oldest picturehouse. On 21 February 1896, it became the birthplace of cinema in the UK, when the Lumière brothers used their Cinematographé machine to show the earliest of moving images to a paying audience. Having reopened in May 2015, the staff have been dedicated to engaging with the cinema's groundbreaking legacy, showcasing everything from classic films, internationally acclaimed work and even the odd blockbuster. Certificate: 12A. Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes.
"Even decades later, it has a spark of exciting newness about it."