for the 2015/2016 season
Films are screened on the last Friday of the month at 8pm.
Please book. £5 a seat. Refreshments. Films are 16mm. Box office:
WELCOME TO THE TWENTY-THIRD SEASON.
|**** SPECIAL SCREENING **** FRIDAY 25th SEPTEMBER ****|
|(UK 1969) BARNEY PLATTS-MILLS The director (Ben’s brother) will introduce his first feature, made with amateur actors in the East End. Not swinging London, but the gritty, sub-criminal lives and loves of alienated youth. A Cannes winner in 1970, it was recently re-released to acclaim as a moving and authentic ‘mod masterpiece’
30 October 2015
THREE COLOURS BLUE (FRANCE 1993) KRZYSZTOF KIEŚLOWSKI
The first of the Polish director’s award-winning Three Colours trilogy stars Juliette Binoche as the widow of a famous composer. In her search for a new life, she struggles with his legacy and the truth of their relationship – a vivid, musical drama.
ADAM’S RIB (USA 1949) GEORGE CUKOR
Classic romantic comedy written by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon and starring another reallife partnership – Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, as married lawyers on opposite sides in court. Early feminism: ‘the hilarious answer to who wears the pants’.
|29 January 2016
SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA (VIETNAM 1993) TRAN ANH HUNG
This Cannes winner is an evocative, seductive film set in the 1950s, before the US invasion. A servant girl is absorbed into a troubled family and ten years later moves on into a very different world. Her new relationships signal a very moving liberation.
|26 February 2016
THE BOSTONIANS (U.K. 1984) JAMES IVORY
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s screenplay turns Henry James’s novel into an intelligent, subtle drama. Oscar-nominated Vanessa Redgrave plays the strong woman who mediates between her chauvinistic cousin and her young protégée. Love and politics are in the air.
|25 March 2016
THE VANISHING CORPORAL (FRANCE 1962) JEAN RENOIR
The corporal is Jean-Pierre Cassel, whose sad-clown skills allow the film to successfully mix the comic and the serious. The PoW’s repeated attempts to escape to Paris, often with unlikely partners, are toyed with by ‘the greatest of all directors’.
|27 April 2016
VANYA ON 42ND STREET (USA 1994) LOUIS MALLE
A unique film, Malle’s last, about 3 years of workshops on David Mamet’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Shot in an empty theatre, it is an insight into the play (with Wallace Shawn as Vanya and Julianne Moore as Yelena) and a window on the creative process.
|27 May 2016
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (RUSSIA 1925) SERGEI EISENSTEIN
A silent classic and propaganda masterpiece, it shines still with virtuoso technique. Based on a naval mutiny during the failed 1905 revolution; the iconic Odessa Steps sequence is a famous example of the urgent style that is Eisenstein’s trademark.