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January 2013
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Today is a very special day as monster movie fans the world over wish a very happy birthday to the mightiest monster of them all – Godzilla! The very first Godzilla movie, Gojira, was released in Japan on November 3rd 1954 to huge success. It was then dubbed into English, new footage shot featuring Raymond Burr and released in America as Godzilla, King of the Monsters in 1956 to even greater success. Godzilla became a monster movie franchise spawning 27 sequels (and a best-forgotten American remake in 1998) and is set to be relaunched into cinemas with a brand new rebooted version in 2014, directed by Gareth Edwards. Take a look at our Godzilla filmography below, listing all Toho movies starring everyones favourite giant radioactive lizard!


The Leicester Square Theatre in conjunction with Cigarette Burns Cinema hosts a unique screening that no cineaste should miss – PSYCHO VS PSYCHO.

Director Gus Van Sant was met with howls of derision upon the release of 1998’s PSYCHO, his shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary 1960 thriller PSYCHO. With only a couple of minor changes to the original, to make some scenes more explicit and to bring some of the topical references up-to-date, many critics were left asking – why?

Roger Ebert dismissed Van Sant’s film as “an attempt to re-create remembered passion…it demonstrates that a shot-by-shot remake is pointless; genius apparently resides between or beneath the shots, or in chemistry that cannot be timed or counted”. However, other critics argued that the film’s basics were so strong that the remake remains a powerful work in and of itself, with the New York Times claiming the 1998 film“remains the most structurally elegant and sneakily playful of thrillers…at least some things never change”.
Taking advantage of the unique screening arrangements of the Leicester Square Theatre, for the first time ever Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic PSYCHO will be shown simultaneously with Van Sant’s 1998 remake. This fascinating experiment provides a unique insight into the nature of directorial technique and the role of actors’ interpretation, while asking the question: can a story be told exactly the same way twice? Find out with Cigarette Burns Cinema on October 25th, while watching one of the best thrillers ever made on the big screen!
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