From Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon to Damien Chazelle’s First Man, filmmakers have always been obsessed with taking audiences to the outer reaches of the universe. This Vintage Sunday season celebrates the cinematic exploration of the unknown.
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Sunday 30 September
The Right Stuff (15)
Director: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Ed Harris.
An epic aviation film, based on Tom Wolfe’s book, which charts the history of flight from Chuck Yeager’s (Sam Shepard) legendary sound barrier-breaking flight in the 1940s, to the first men in space in the 1960s. The story centres on the relentless efforts of several US pilots to break all records set before them, finalising in the US space exploration programme of the 1960s, in which seven pilots were chosen to represent America in the heated space race with the Russians.Find your cinema and book tickets
Sunday 7 October
Moon + A Trip To The Moon (15)
Director: Duncan Jones
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
Duncan Jones’ contemporary classic, Moon, is back on the big screen for Vintage Sunday, screening alongside Georges Méliès’ iconic short film from 1902, A Trip To The Moon.
Sam Bell has been a faithful employee of Lunar Industries for three long years. His home has been Sarang, a moon base where he has spent his days working alone. Two weeks shy of his departure from Sarang, Sam discovers that Lunar Industries have their own plans for replacing him… and the new recruit is eerily familiar.Find your cinema and book tickets
Sunday 14 October
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt
When commercial towing vehicle Nostromo, heading back to Earth, intercepts an SoS signal from a nearby planet, the crew are under obligation to investigate. After a bad landing on the planet, some crew members leave the ship to explore the area. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship’s computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a call for help. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew do not know the danger they are in until it is too late.Find your cinema and book tickets
Sunday 21 October
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet
Adapted from the novel by Stanislaw Lem, Solaris remains one of Tarkovsky’s most famous films. Remade many years later by Steven Soderbergh, this original version of Solaris is a meditation on the nature of desire and memory, and the self-imposed walls that keep us from realising our greatest wishes.
Tarkovsky reportedly re-shot more than 40% of the film, despite the constant protestations of his Soviet Film Board superiors. The film’s visual sense and pacing are extraordinary, while the central idea of a man’s wish to correct the mistakes of his past is given a cinematic quality that is its exact visual equivalent.Find your cinema and book tickets
Sunday 28 October
Apollo 13 (PG)
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon
Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell (Hanks), Fred Haise (Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise), flight director Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) and a heroic ground crew race against time – and the odds – to bring them home.Find your cinema and book tickets
Sunday 4 November
2001: A Space Odyssey
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: William Sylvester, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood
Duration: 149 min
Heralded in 1968 as the most striking sci-fi film ever, Stanley Kubrick’s epic meditation on human evolution shines brilliantly almost half a decade later. The film opens with the discovery of a mysterious monolith by prehistoric, ape-like hominids. The narrative then jumps to the 21st century, when a scientist (William Sylvester) landing on the moon discovers an identical obelisk.
Eighteen months later, a pair of astronauts (Dullea and Lockwood) journey to Jupiter in search of the monoliths with the aid of their omnipresent speaking computer, known as HAL 9000 (eerily voiced by Douglas Rain). The mission is fraught with tension and murderous intent as HAL begins to endanger the astronauts’ lives. Often regarded as a metaphor and moral allegory, Kubrick’s film is a visual tour de force with a stunning soundtrack.Find your cinema and book tickets
Damien Chazelle’s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, is in cinemas from Friday 12 October.