Alexandra Day in Peckham | Anon | ★★★★
On Alexandra Day, 1913—a day of charity fundraising inaugurated the previous year to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival in England of Princess Alexandra of Denmark—women of Peckham traverse the local high street, selling artificial roses to raise money for local hospitals. Filled with fabulous faces and fantastic fashions, this short documentary proves fascinating viewing.
Suspense. | Lois Weber & Phillips Smalley | ★★★★★
When his wife phones him to tell him that a tramp is breaking into their house, putting the well-being of both her and their new-born child at risk, a man steals a car and heads home at high speed, with the police following in hot pursuit, in this intensely yet gracefully kinetic, formally dazzling thriller. Weber & Smalley’s mise en scène—filled with brilliant, inventive touches—remains remarkably fresh.