|Mon 11 November||See Next
What we try to do on this page is tell you just a little about each future film (which you probably already knew), but also to mention what some critics have said. To ensure utter fairness we very occasionally include adverse comment. ALL are well worth seeing.
This this page will always be work in progress, as I shall add more information about each film as it nears.
|Mon 9 December||GUYS and DOLLS, dir.
Joseph L Mankiewicz, prod. Samuel Goldwyn, 1955, USA, 150 mins
Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra.
Brando as a gambler, Simmons as his seduction target. Sinatra later.
TOFG: "A musical fairly glittering with intelligence and invention."
|Mon 6 January 14||THE THIRD MAN, dir.
& prod. Carol Reed, 1949, GB, 104 mins, b/w
Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard. With the dark, slanting photography of that genius, Robert Krasker.
Set in Vienna about a US racketeer and his friend who he has invited over to work there.
One of Reed's two finest films. Perhaps you've heard of it?
|Mon 3 February||LE DOULOS, dir. & prod.
Jean-Pierre Melville, 1962, Fr/I, 108 mins, b/w
With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani. Melville was the great French director, admirer of American noir, of Le Cercle Rouge (seen Oct 03) and L'Armée des Ombres (seen May 07).
The Paris underworld, with Belmondo as an informer and Reggiani, an ex-con, but nothing is quite what it seems.
TOFG: "... a film devoted to the principle of duplicity ... terrific performances and equally terrific camerawork from Nicholas Hayer — more gris than noir - conjure a rivetlingly treacherous twilight world."
|Mon 3 March||BLACK ORPHEUS, dir.
Marcel Camus, prod. Sacha Gordine, 1959, Fr/It/Braz, 106 mins
The Orpheus legend, with an all-black cast, transported to Rio de Janeiro during its Carnival.
|Mon 31 March||LOLA, dir. Rainer Werner
Fassbinder, prod. Horst Wendlandt, 1981, WGer, 115 mins
We saw Fassbinder's stunnning Pina in May 2013.
Germany in the post-war years, this film is a tribute to Max Ophüls, whose La Ronde we saw in June 2005. Loved by an upright man, Lola is built to operate and succeed in a corrupt world, using the a variety of techniques, one ...
|Mon 28 April||MEMBER's CHOICE - to be chosen by a member who wins a draw at the AGM.|
|Mon 26 May||ON THE WATERFRONT, dir.
Elia Kazan, prod. Sam Spiegel, 1954, US, 108 mins, b/w
Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Lee J Cobb, Karl Malden, Leif Erickson, Eva Marie Saint.
Brando as the boxer who sold a fight (that wonderful later line "I could have been a contender") on the persuasions of the waterfront union leader and Brando's own brother. The battle for redemption through his love for Eva Marie Saint and the courage of her priest.
TOFG: "Pretty electrifying." VFG: "A tour de force for [the] director ... a gritty, no-holds-barred drama ...", 4.5*
Lots of awards.
|Mon 23 June||UMBERTO D.,
dir. Vittorio de Sica, 1952, It, 89 mins, b/w
From de Sica, of the Italian neo-realist school (we saw his Bicycle Thieves in March 2009 and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis in July 2013). An old man, alone with his terrier.
VFG: "Simple on its surface but actually multi-layered and complex, this shattering portrait of an old man ... One of the greatest films of all time ...", 5*
|Mon 21 July||THE LAST PICTURE SHOW,
dir. Peter Bogdanovich, prod. Stephen J Friedman, 1971, 118 mins, b/w
VFG: "Bogdanovich's finest effort, bleak and beguiling.", 4.5*
|Mon 18 August||GRAND HOTEL,
d. Edmund Goulding,
p. Irving Thalberg, 1932, US, 115 mins, b/w
Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore.
An assemblage of stories from a group of stars.
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