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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Napoleon Dynamite; The Opera House

01 June, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite

THE disastrous, delicious, delightful Napoleon Dynamite is being screened at the Prince Charles Cinema Friday evening (June 1, 9pm) on 35mm film.

Napoleon (Jon Heder) lives in the backwater town of Preston, Idaho, with his granny. But after she has an accident, his uncle Rico (Jon Gries) arrives to help out and keep an eye on what Napoleon is getting up to. With home life a drag and school way too cool, Napoleon hangs out with his new friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez), a sullen Spanish speaker who provides foil to Napoleon’s dreamy fantasist. Together, they hatch a plot to run for the top job on the school council…

Napoleon Dynamite is a classic oddball comedy about the triumph of the outsider, about teen crazes (watching ND on his skateboard is a particularly pleasing scene) and the triumph of the geek. It makes for ideal Prince Charles viewing from London’s number one truly independent cinema with the best programmers in the business.

• Roll up, roll up – here is a chance to grab yourself some free tickets to watch The Opera House, a specially commissioned film to mark the 50th anniversary of the New York Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center.

The film draws on archive footage and interviews as it pirouettes us through the story of this cultural institution.

The interviews include everyone from sopranos to the general manager, and Robert Moses, the New York city planner who knocked down an entire block to make room for it.

To apply for tickets for an exclusive screening of the film on June 7 at a secret Southbank location, go to


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