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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Ella Fitzgerald; The Price Of Everything; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

16 November, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Pure Love – The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald

WHO wouldn’t want to spend a couple of hours in a snug cinema seat with waves of Ella Fitzgerald’s tones washing over you? Head to the Bertha Doc House screen at the Curzon Bloomsbury – the old Renoir in the Brunswick Centre – on Sunday to catch the film Pure Love – The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald, a film that celebrates the unique, wonderful singer.

• Dogwoof, those makers of truth-telling political docs, have turned their gaze towards the art world in The Price Of Everything. Director Nathaniel Kahn considers art sales, how it works, what sets a price, and who would buy such things. Thoughtful and funny, it asks whether a piece is something worth owning for its beauty and worth owning because it cost a fortune.

• The Coen Brothers have hit our screens in the nicely named The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – a collection of six stories lasting around 20 minutes a throw and all focusing on the Western genre. We are treated to Brendan Gleeson as a bounty hunter, Liam Neeson as an impresario, James Franco in cowboy mode and Tom Waits as a gold prospector. The short-story form suits the Coens, as does the Western – expect music, mirth, grit and gunplay.

• Head south to the Elephant and Castle on Tuesday to check out An Evening With The Scala Cinema. The Cinema Museum celebrates all things to do with the long-closed King’s Cross fleapit – the subject of a new book by Jane Giles.

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