|Mon 3 March||See Next
What we try to do on this page is to tell you just a little about each future film (which you probably already know), but also to mention what some critics have said. To ensure utter fairness we very occasionally include adverse comment. Unnecessary, of course, as ALL our films are superb.
|Tues 29 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.
|(TOFG, VFG, 1001, EFG, H1000, RT, BN100, DP, NYFCC, DT, DT2 ...? What on earth do these acronyms mean?)|
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