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Orion Cinema, Helsinki Orion Cinema, Helsinki
by Asa Butcher
2006-09-03 21:50:29
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Are you fed up with the latest remakes at the multiplex? Do you want to see original filmmaking, the way it used to be? If you are nodding your head, then your destination should be the Orion Cinema, where three classic films are screened six days a week.

The programme for the next three months contains 232 different titles, including Oscar winners, documentaries, foreign film, cult movies and animation. The Orion is operated by the Finnish Film Archive (Suomen elokuva-arkisto) who has been preserving the pictorial memory of a nation since 1957 and has access to large catalogue of material.

Throughout autumn 2006, Luis Buñuel aficionados can choose from fourteen of his classic films, including his directorial debut Un chien andalou and his first Academy Award nominated film La Charme discret de la bourgeoisie. John Cassavetes fans are treated to nine of the man's films, including Faces, which he wrote and directed in 1968, and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.

Every cinematic taste is catered for, with David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Alain Resnais' Hiroshima mon amour, the soft-core delight known as Emmanuelle V, the 1930 Best Picture winner and arguably the best anti-war movie All Quiet on the Western Front and Disney's Cinderella are all on the cinema's autumn schedule.

Modern classics, such as Married to the Mob, The Manchurian Candidate, Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs, appear, while a number of foreign language films are shown. All films are shown with the original soundtrack and many are accompanied by Finnish and Swedish subtitles, but check before buying your ticket.

The Orion has beautiful décor and the seats are very comfortable, so check out the programme today and treat yourself to a classic.

Orion Cinema
Eerikinkatu 15, Helsinki
Tel: (09) 615 40 201
Tickets: 4 €
Closed Mondays

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