Closing Moments: Reflections on Death and the Cinema

Death is almost as ubiquitous in cinema as in life, but in surprisingly few films is it the main theme; often, it's just a narrative event there primarily to elicit an emotional response. Yet it remains a powerful, often unsettling presence in many films, and indeed, as our season shows, some superb movies deal with death-related issues. In this talk Geoff Andrew, Head of Film Programme at BFI Southbank and the season's curator, explores the fascinating and sometimes fraught relationship between death and the cinema.


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