Tell us where else in the South West you would find
such a wide range of extraordinary quality. No one has answered
yet! You will see the 2012
S & S Critics Top 250 ratings, though many entries in and
omissions from that list are perplexing.
|S & S
2012 Top 250
||A nearly all-black cast in the Orpheus-Eurydice
legend reset in Rio de Janeiro at the time of Carnival. Vivid
colour, dance with the threatening presence of Death, who ultimately
||3 Mar 14
||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."
||3 Feb 14
||The Third Man
||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 know the other, set in Northern
||6 Jan 14
||Guys and Dolls
||Joseph L Mankiewitz
||Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra.
Brando as a gambler, Simmons as his seduction target.
TOFG: "A musical fairly glittering
with intelligence and invention."
||9 Dec 13
||The first female Saudi-Arabian director to have
a film shown, and this is very recent and topical.
A young Saudi-Arabian girl longs for a particular green
bicycle and, against all odds, finds ways to finance it,
Heart-warming, though we also have the sub-commentary about
the status of women in Saudi Arabia.
Many awards, including Venice.
11 Nov 13
||Oxford, its colleges, its professorial rivalries,
demonstratred in the sexual arena. It starts with a car accident,
at dead of night in the country. There is only
one survivor, a foreign undergraduate who has attracted the
attention of several males. A sultry, psychological film.
Slightly reminds me of Beerbohm's Zuleika
Pinter. Cast includes Dirk
Baker (not Baxter). Johnny
Dankworth's music is more
than a bonus.
||14 Oct 13
||A remarkable film about a girl who, at six years
old, becomes Queen of Sweden in 1632. She is intelligent,
determined and becomes, in time, a most able ruler. She is,
however, politically pressured to marry; worse still, to one
far older. The ambassador who must promote the suitor becomes
her lover. Complications you can imagine. Greta
Garbo, as the
queen, was not simply a Nordic, enigmatic beauty. This is one
of her finest films. You have to see to understand her attraction.
||16 Sep 13
||Four very different men decide to canoe the Chatanooga
river, in the Appalachian Mountains, with their rapids, before
it vanishes forever under a dam. Breathtaking scenery, with
some violence — we issued a warning — because they
encounter hill-billies. Interestingly, the women that came
seemed most enthusiastic about it. I even had a phone call
to say what a wonderful film it was (though she shut her eyes
for the violence). Cast included John
Voight and Burt
||19 Aug 13
||The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
||About an aristocratic Jewish family, which has
lived securely in its large walled estate possibly since the
Borgias, and its slow recognition, from 1938 to 1943, that
Mussolini's Fascisti would change their lives forever. Beautifully
photographed, but no cheerful ending. It links well with
our film 122 below. de Sica, of course, was the director of
Thieves, which we saw in March 2009.
||22 Jul 13
||An old man, dessicated, journeys to receive an
honorary degree, on the way dreaming, and meeting happy youth.
This is a quiet and reflective film, the like of which there
is no other. You see again that community of superb actors
that Bergman so regularly used. One of the great pleasures
is to watch each of them master so many different types of
||24 Jun 13
||A tribute to the German modern dancer and choreographer,
Pina Bausch (died
2009), by an unusual and always interesting director; and
the same from her troupe. This was a departure
even from our normal wide range. Stunning in dancing, setting
and use of colour. Highly recommended, even though we saw it
in 2D when it is also available in 3D. If you follow the link
above, you will find connections with Fellini and Almodóvar,
in the latter case our number 34 below, which we showed in
||27 May 13
||A phantasmagorical tale set in Spain, 1944,
after the Civil War, telling of a girl who discovers a
mystical labyrinth and a faun to guide her. To what? Her
mother is pregnant and immobilized; her step-father is
a dedicated Franco henchman, and cruel. Umpteen awards,
including Oscar and BAFTA.
||29 Apr 13
||A slow, beautifully photographed film, about a
mesmerising child who wants, at various points and perhaps
in fantasy, her father dead, her mother's sister too, and herself.
Many time-shifts. Nothing is quite what you expect. Just what
a film society needs – but not too many of these.
||1 Apr 13
||The director, also Jean-Paul Belmondo. Pure 60s.
There was some striking cinematography, and many surprises.
Worth seeing once, though my impression was of an overlong
film suggesting huge self-indulgence by the director. No
more than 3 of the audience left before the end. But it's
exactly the sort of film that a film society should show
||4 Mar 13
||Whether you like or hate John Wayne, this
remains the one of the most best dramas ever made, with wonderful
settings and a complex psychology of near-extreme race-hatred,
even for a man who is only one-eigth Indian, desire for your
brother's wife. And a five-year search. You will have guessed
that this is a western too.
||4 Feb 13
Conformist (Il Conformista)
||A strikingly beautiful and controversial film
about a dysfunctional man, Marcello Clerici, about to get
married, of a privileged but just as dysfunctional family,
set in Mussolini's Italy. You may not - very probably won't
- like the man, but the film is visually most stylish - gorgeous,
When I see it again I shall perhaps understand it a little
||7 Jan 13
Wizard of Oz
||The long-lasting, magical tale of the girl - Judy
Garland before her addictions - whose house is sucked up by
a tornado and lands on the other side of the rainbow.
||10 Dec 12
All Right, Jack
||With its cast of 50s-60s actors (Peter Sellers,
Denis Price, Ian Carmichael, Margaret Rutherford, John le
Mesurier - the list goes on) this acute Ealing comedy was
bound to be a success. Much more than simple comedy, it offered
critical social comment on obdurate unions - but at least
as strongly on devious management.
||12 Nov 12
Kane perhaps something a little lighter? In colour,
So it was, as the licentious lieutenant accepts the wager
to seduce a woman determined by chance.
Charming, but can you guess the outcome?
||15 Oct 12
||Why did we wait until Sight & Sound critics,
after 50 years, downgraded this to the second best film of
(We saw their new number 1, Vertigo, in
Cotten, who appeared with Welles in The
Third Man, and
also our film of March 2008, The
||17 Sep 12
||We simply had to, and it was very well attended.
||20-21 Aug 12
Quatre Cents Coups
||A landmark film in the Nouvelle Vague, one of
Truffaut's best, and a most sympathetic eye on rebellious
||23-24 Jul 12
||Quite astounding, with remarkable, austere photography,
using black and white to perfection and set almost entirely
indoors. I should have seen it twice, as others did.
||25-26 Jun 12
||A most unusual film, much requested (by one member)
and it proved to be cinematographically unusual - and utterly
joyous. Feel-good factor? Off the scale! With Jack
||28-29 May 12
||Look Back in Anger
||It was time for a spot of Angry Young Man, and
we had it in spades from Burton, with a superb performance
from Mary Ure. With Richard
||30 Apr - 1 May 12
||Disturbing. An attempt
to brainwash a US serviceman, ex-Korean prisoner,
greatly bemedalled, to kill a president-elect in the US. Who
would wish this? With Frank
||2-3 Apr 12
||Just as good as when we last saw it. With Jeanne
||5-6 Mar 12
||A well regarded film by a director whom we have
not seen before - also most unusual. I wish that I had seen
it on both nights. If you are considering becoming one (a pickpocket,
I mean), see this film first about the techniques. Almost an
||6-7 Feb 12
||From this great Japanese director, a
beautiful study of the traditional Japanese family as times
change. Family friends decide that two women must be married:
the mother, widowed, and her western-liberated, resisting daughter.
||9-10 Jan 12
in the Rain
||The greatest of all musicals. With Gene
||12-13 Dec 11
||The Lavender Hill Mob
||We have not had an Ealing comedy before. We should
have, from those vintage years. This is one of the best, with
a glimpse of an early Audrey Hepburn. Excellent cinematography.
||14-15 Nov 11
||The chiller that is said to have inspired Hitchcock's
Psycho. With Véra
||18 Oct 11 only
||The seminal black comedy about
the nuclear confrontations of the Cold War and the inadequate
systems and procedures to protect the human race. With Peter
||19-20 Sep 11
||A really good heist movie
with few big names but an early glimpse of Marilyn
||22-23 Aug 11
noir at its impenetrable best, with Bogart
and Bacall in electric form. Even the author didn't
understand the whole of it. With Humphrey
||25-26 Jul 11
Grapes of Wrath
||Its ending is not faithful to the book - far more
cheerful, but the film well captures greed and misery, through
the extreme misfortunes of a single family. Excellent cinematography
from Gregg Toland. With Henry
||27-28 Jun 11
The conclusion of Jean
de Florette (March
this year) without which there is no resolution.
Whether you saw Part I or not, this is demanding and dramatic.
||30-31 May 11
the Heat of the Night
||A rather good thriller, examining racial prejudice
in the southern states, wih fine performances from Rod
Steiger and Sidney Poitier. Cinematography and music weren't
too bad either. With Rod
||2-3 May 11
||Critics do not rate this eccentric film particularly
highly - but for its luscious, sumptuous photography. So it
proved. Our audiences were overwhelmed. With Tilda
||4-5 Apr 11
||Member's Choice, much requested before, with Yves
Montand, shortly before he died, Gérard Depardieu, in
his prime, and Daniel Auteuil. With Yves
||7-8 Mar 11
||Jack Nicholson, of course, and not until
our 97th film have you seen him in our programme, dominating
- and uncomfortable. With Jack
||7-8 Feb 11
||For its very different charm, its colour, and for
the performance of Audrey Tautou. And Montmartre, of course.
||10-11 Jan 11
||A psychological thriller in many critics' Top Ten.
Said to be Hitchcock's best. Its reputation has only increased.
I'm very sorry to have missed the opportunity. With James
||13-14 Dec 10
Night of the Hunter
||Laughton's only directorial role, as the film was
shunned at the time. Now it is recognized as great film noir,
with Robert Mitchum's towering performance. With Robert
||16-17 Nov 10
||Our first from this great Japanese director.
Should have had him before! A wonderful, moving, quiet film.
||18-19 Oct 10
||John Huston's first as director, Humphrey Bogart's
opportunity, a title known to all, real film noir and almost
impenetrable! So why not? With Humphrey
||20-21 Sep 10
||An intelligent Western, with hints of Vietnam,
asking many moral questions. Wonderful scenery, and yet another
fine performance from Lancaster – and the Indian
scout. With Burt Lancaster
||23-24 Aug 10
||Because of the huge performances from Finney, as
the arrogant and aging Shakespearian actor, and Courtenay,
his dresser. Described by audience members as "wonderful
... hugely enjoyed", "superb" (several). And
what about Eileen Atkins? With Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay,
||26 - 27 Jul 10
Water for Chocolate
||Our first Mexican film. Well received, though in
order to accommodate the subtitles aspect ratios were not quite
right, and the cast appeared to be short and fat, unless they
were lying down ...
||28 - 29 Jun 10
||About the Tolpuddle Martyrs from Dorset, trying
to found a union in the 1830s. It might seem insular, but it's
also very different. And part of it is Australia. There are
very fine performances, and not just from the big names. Douglas,
the director, was a perfectionist. With Vanessa Redgrave, Michael
Hordern, Freddie Jones, James Fox, Barbara Windsor
||31 May - 1 Jun 10
||Member's Choice. The first serious film by this
director. In Spanish, of course. We feared that it may cause
offence because of its very explicit scenes, but most who came
were deeply impressed.
||3-4 May 10
||The Red Shoes
||Powell & Pressburger
||Too extraordinary to miss, especially as this ancient
film went to Cannes last year. Let's just quote Time Out Film
Guide 2006: "in texture it's nothing like the British
cinema had ever seen: a rhapsody of colour expressionism ..." So
it proved to be. With Moira Shearer, Marius Goring,
||5-6 Apr 10
||The Lives of Others
||Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
||Cannes-winner, and recent, with a huge number of
||8-9 Mar 10
||One of the best films of all time. And Gloria
Swanson beat Bette Davis, in All
About Eve that
we showed in 2008, to the Oscar. You will also remember von
Stroheim from Renoir's La Grande
which we showed in our first year, 2003-4. With
Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim
||8-9 Feb 10
||At this drab time of year [as it happens, especially
this one], one of Hitchcock's most dynamic and entertaining
films, set in midsummer below the 49th parallel and inducing
the illusion of warmth. It's great! (And Eva Marie Saint was
... well ... not made of wood.) With Cary Grant, James Mason
||11-12 Jan 10
||From this great director a happy film before Christmas,
with that Oscar-winning performance from Judy Holliday, beating
Bette Davis in All About Eve,
which we saw in 2008. Audience applauded at the end. With Judy
Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden
||7-8 Dec 09
||One of the greatest and most puzzling films from
this extraordinary director, surrealist friend of Salvador
Dali. With Catherine Deneuve too! Audience reaction? “An
awful film”, said one; “wonderful”, another.
I'd stick with perpetually perplexing.
||9-10 Nov 09
Quatre Cents Coups
||A landmark film in the Nouvelle Vague, one of Truffaut's
best, and a most sympathetic eye on rebellious youth.
||12-13 Oct 09
Like It Hot
||Almost certainly the best crime/comedy of all time
- from the USA, at least. The many who came applauded afterwards.
The big screen, of course. With Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn
Monroe, even George Raft. Wow!
||15 Sep 09
||It's a Wonderful Life
||It's just a very good, heart-warming film about
small-town America and decency versus greed. With James Steward,
Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
||17-18 Aug 09
||In nearly 6 years we had not had a Woody Allen,
so it seemed high time to feature one of his more requested.
||20-21 Jul 09
||A Streetcar Named Desire
||Surprisingly, we have not had Brando before, and
this is the intense film that made him. To one scribbler it
was a considerable surprise – far broader than the reviews
read suggested. And Brando brilliantly played a character for
whom one felt considerable sympathy. With Marlon Brando, Vivien
||22-23 Jun 09
||Sweet Smell of Success
||As a contrast to Mackendrick's Ealing comedies,
a 5* film with superb performances from the two principals.
This is true film
noir. Dilys Powell: “... so superbly
is the thing done that one skin crawls.” With Burt Lancaster,
||25-26 May 09
||The Life and Death
of Colonel Blimp
||Powell & Pressburger
||At last it had become available for screening.
One of the great films from the extraordinary Powell-Pressburger
pair who so much influenced British and international cinema.
With Roger Livesey,
||27-28 Apr 09
||Jules et Jim
||Anyone who watched real films in the ’60s
knows why. This was an iconic film of the time and, of course,
it featured one whom Orson Welles described as “the
greatest actress in the world”. With Jeanne Moreau
||30-31 Mar 09
Thieves (Ladri di Biciclette)
||Vittorio de Sica
||The Italian Neo-Realist film that we had been
seeking since the start of TWFS, frequently requested by members.
Superbly orchestrated, and the acting, by non-professionals,
||2-3 Mar 09
||Cinema Paradiso (Director's
||In what turned out to be a bleak early February,
a heart-warming, sentimental film about cinema in a small town.
Actually, much more than that, as it was the Director's Cut.
||3 Feb 09
||The Marriage of Maria
||Rainer Werner Fassbinder
||High time for a German film, for we have seen
only one before, in 2005. This prolific director died
before he was 40 and left, according to David
Thomson (qv), “at least half a dozen extraordinary
pictures”. This is unquestionably one of
||5-6 Jan 09
||A ground-breaking and cheering musical, by the
great choreographer, Busby Berkeley.
||8-9 Dec 08
||A most disturbing film about class, weakness, subversion
and decay, with very fine performances indeed, particularly
from Bogarde, a typically slender script by the late Nobel
Prize winner, Harold Pinter, and excellent cinematography.
Some thought it, by today's standards, too long. Another never
wished to see it again, because it was too powerful. With Dirk
Bogarde, James Fox
||10-11 Nov 08
(Rome, Open City)
||The defining example of Italian Neo-realist cinema,
by the man who above all defined and developed the style. A
very powerful film which introduced new techniques to the cinema
screen. With Fellini, Anna Magnani
|13-14 Oct 08
||Jésus de Montréal
||A thought-provoking film and our first from Quebec,
that state which produces so much original cinema. And what
a superb film it turned out to be. Would you believe that
we were transfixed in our seats and therefore had to
watch the trailer credits? [You must be joking. Ed.] We were.
Extraordinarily powerful, and it is a long time since we had
such comment from those who came.
||15-16 Sep 08
Man Who Knew Too Much
||Only our second Hitchcock, and a very highly
rated film. Many critics prefer it to Hitchcock's own
remake of 1955, which was much longer. Some may have
thought that it was dated. As the film was made 74 years
ago, that is unquestionable and unavoidable. We are here
to see how cinema has developed from its sudden changes.
||18-19 Aug 08
||Our first Antonioni, and a celebration of the late
60s in swinging London in this quite mystifying film. With
David Hemmimgs, Vanessa Redgrave
||21-22 Jul 08
||The Big Country
||Simply a great western which needs a full-size
screen, with some excellent performances from top stars. Not
to mention the music. Pity about the quality of the picture,
which was not the fault of the cinema whose equipment had just
been serviced! The DVD supplied to them had obviously been
created from a fairly poor print. With Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons,
Charlton Heston, Burl Ives
||23-24 Jun 08
||One of the Ealing Studio greats, and Member's Choice.
||26-27 May 08
||Fellini, of course! But, as RT says, “a superb
introduction to the work of a great artist.” Comical, bawdy,
but very sympathetic to its characters.
||28-29 Apr 08
||All About Eve
||Joseph L. Manckiewicz
||Bette Davis gave one of her finest performances in
a very powerful film which has not dated in substance and never dulled,
hugely deserving of all its Oscars and nominations. George Sanders
was vintage. With Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Marilyn
||31 Mar, 1 Apr 08
||The Magnificent Ambersons
||But for RKO, the studio, this would have been the
finest Welles film, better than Citizen
Kane. Even so, it is
masterly, by the egocentric, unreliable man now considered to be
a genius of the cinema. With Joseph Cotten
||3-4 Mar 08
||The Seventh Seal
||The best-known and seminal Bergman film, which brought
him to the forefront and expressed his own doubts about a God. Astonishing
photography, and superb performances from the able actors with whom
he regularly worked. Cannes, of course. Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand
||4-5 Feb 08
||The notorious band (the last as a foursome), whom
we had not seen since our first year. We thought that they deserved
another show in this, reputedly the best of their films, though it
was a flop when it first came out. The Marx Brothers
||7-8 Jan 08
||Meet Me in St Louis
||Christmas is near. This was a Christmas film. More
importantly, it was a ground-breaking musical by this director, with
Judy Garland at her stunning best. The little sister was amazing.
With Judy Garland
||10-11 Dec 07
||A Bout de Souffle
||Seminal nouvelle vague film featuring Jean-Paul
Belmondo and the troubled Jean Seberg. Ranked 15th in the Sight &
Sound Critics' Poll 2002.
||12-13 Nov 07
||The Spirit of the Beehive
||Films from the 70s have been under-represented recently,
as have Spanish films. This has a remarkable reputation. Though slow,
it provided some wonderful cinematography.
|15-16 Oct 07
||Powell & Pressburger
||Our first Powell & Pressburger, and a remastered
copy. We always try to start our new year with an exceptional
film, and this was visually stunning. With Deborah Kerr
||17-18 Sep 07
||My Darling Clementine
||Time for a Western too, and of many films about the
OK Corral this seemed the most classic. And so it proved. Greatly
enjoyed for its lighting, its humour and its uncomplicated morality.
With Henry Fonda
||20-21 Aug 07
Règle du Jeu
||By the great French director, who has a prominent
part in it. Rated by many cognoscenti in the top 10 films of all
time, and one deserving of several viewings. [Two Renoirs in a season?
Tut! Tut! Ed.]
||Burnt by the Sun
||Time for another Russian film, and a very striking
one with an excellent performance from the director as actor, and
from his daughter. In colour too. Two awards. “Wonderful” was
on the lips of many who came.
||Perhaps the finest film from this truly great and
surprisingly unknown French director. A tribute to the French Resistance
without sentimentality, glamour, or the remotest hint of Hollywood.
||Member's Choice: asked for by the TWFS member who
won the draw for the right to choose this month's film. By an increasingly
respected director, intensely personal.
||30 Apr -
1 May 07
||We haven't had a horror film before, and this is one
of the very best. With Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave
||The first Indian realist film, which won huge acclaim
at the time and is still high in critics' top 100s. [One of the very
finest films that I have ever seen. Ed.] With Ravi Shankar
||As a contrast to the sterner stuff we quite often
see, for the very considerable charm of the film, and for Leslie
Caron’s delicious performance. With Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer,
||Hiroshima mon amour
||Big stir when it first came out — a new kind
of film, non-linear, about memory and time
||The Philadelphia Story
||Christmas cheerfulness, with Hepburn, Grant and Stewart
at their best in a superbly directed film. With Katherine Hepburn,
||11-12 Dec 06
||Angels with Dirty Faces
||Curtiz's expert direction, Hollywood's moral period,
the diminutive but electrifying gangster actor, James Cagney
||13-14 Nov 06
One of Hitchcock's most famous films, which needs
to be seen - like most films - on a proper cinema screen. With
17 Oct 06
Visually beautiful, gradually developing film by
the Impressionist's son about India in the last days of the Raj
||18-19 Sep 06
Extremely stylish post-noir thriller by the British
director, with a fine performance from Lee Marvin
||21-22 Aug 06
Probably the greatest silent film comedian, a remarkable
comedy, and his personal favourite
||24-25 Jul 06
A classic of French comedy
26-27 Jun 06
||Glengarry Glen Ross
||Its reputation for the excellence of the acting, its
complete difference from anything else that we have shown, and the
important fact that it was licensed and available for exhibition.
In fact, it turned out to be a most interesting choice, as some detested
it, while more thought it was excellent. Exactly the sort of film
to stir a discussion group! With Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino,
Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin
||29-30 May 06
||Paths of Glory
||Kubrick's first great film, and Douglas's first big
opportunity, which he successfully embraced. A strongly moral film
about war and the military, based on a real incident in the French
Army during the First World War. With Kirk Douglas
||1-2 May 06
to Her (Hable con
||Highly acclaimed film (lots of awards) by the Spanish
||3-4 Apr 06
||La Dolce Vita
Fellini's great film about decadence and morality
in late 50s Italy, featuring Marcello Mastroianni and many beautiful
6-7 Mar 06
Out of the Past
Aka as “Build My Gallows High”, one
of the greatest noirs, with fine performances from Robert
Mitchum and Jane Greer. From a Frenchman.
6-7 Feb 06
||The Wages of Fear
||Requested by many members. Perhaps the greatest suspense
movie of all time.
||9-10 Jan 06
||His Girl Friday
||Howard Hawks's inspired and lightning-fast comedy
about ruthlessness in the newspaper business and an editor’s
wish to re-acquire his former wife. Cary Grant at his finest and
Rosalind Russell matching him.
|12-13 Dec 05
||A film which greatly shocked at the time, with its
occasionally subdued sexuality and much symbolism. Banned in Spain
and opposed by the Church, it nevertheless won Palme d'Or at Cannes.
||14-15 Nov 05
||One of the most approachable films by the Italian
master, with a superb performance from Giuletta Masina, Fellini's
||17-18 Oct 05
||By the great Russian director a film, very highly
rated by critics, offering a superb if lengthy glimpse of mediaeval
Russia through the eyes of a monk turned icon-painter. Deeply impressive.
||19-20 Sep 05
||The Wild Bunch
||A western to change westerns, offering new levels
of violence, but also a different view of the morality of outlaw
and his adversary.
||22-23 Aug 05
||A sharp comedy of the time. Wilder’s direction.
The superb combination of Lemmon, MacLaine and MacMurray. Some Academy
Awards, as expected.
||25-26 Jul 05
||A film of great charm and unusually circular construction.
||27-28 Jun 05
||Remarkable and brave film about the hunt for a
serial killer. A landmark.
||30-31 May 05
||Impossible to ignore. First prize at the Cannes
Film Festival in 1951.
||2-3 May 05
||When We Were Kings
||Member’s Choice: the Oscar-winning documentary
of a remarkable fight between Muhammad
Ali and George Foreman
||4-5 Apr 05
||Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot
|| Tati in perhaps his best-loved film
||7-8 Mar 05
||To Kill a Mockingbird
||From Harper Lee’s superb novel, with Gregory
||7 Feb 05
||English director with cult following
||10-11 Jan 05
||Danish, Academy Award, Best Foreign Film
||6-7 Dec 04
||The first Japanese director to be highly regarded
in the West
||8-9 Nov 04
||Rififi (aka Au Rififi chez les Hommes)
||Classic French noir, by an American-born director,
with Jean Servais in the lead role
||11-12 Oct 04
||Death in Venice
||Visconti’s grandiose vision, with Mahler's
music, with Dirk
Bogarde in the lead role.
||13-14 Sep 04
Caine in a gangster film to match the best
||16-17 Aug 04
||The director’s first and great Western. John
Wayne and Montgomery
||19-20 Jul 04
Belle et la Bête
||A beautiful and surprising exposition of the fairy
tale, with Jean
Marais in several roles.
||21-22 Jun 04
||The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
||One of the finest comedies from this surreal director,
friend of the artist, Salvador
||24-25 May 04
Minnelli's great hit, and the even more astonishing
performance of Joel
||26-27 Apr 04
||Because no film society of this sort can neglect
the man, and Prokofiev scored
||29-30 Mar 04
||A Night at the Opera
||1-2 Mar 04
||La Grande Illusion
||The great war-prisoner and escape movie, by the
son of the Impressionist painter, featuring Erich
von Stroheim (who directed the remarkable film,
originally meant to last 10 hours).
||2-3 Feb 04
||O Brother, Where Art Thou?
||The Coen Brothers
||The Odyssey brought up to date, with humour and
||6 Jan 04
Astaire and Ginger
Rogers' all time favourite
- with the odd drifting feather.
2 Dec 03
||The Great Dictator
||One of Chaplin's best-known films, with some remarkable
satire on Hitler.
||4 Nov 03
||Le Cercle Rouge
||Superb gangster movie, by the master, not to mention
Alain Delon and Yves Montand.
||7 Oct 03
||Fanny & Alexander
||One of the great director’s finest
films, and gorgeous.
||9 Sep 03