21/03/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Following last week’s film, Gloria Grahame stars in this classic film noir. It’s a cops and gangsters story where both sides use women to their own advantage. Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) investigates a corrupt cop’s suicide and discovers that statements from the dead man’s wife and his mistress are at odds. He cynically uses this information knowing that the mobsters will retaliate – which leads to the death of the mistress. Subsequently Bannion’s wife is also murdered. Grahame plays a gangster’s moll used by Bannion to gain information to help him bring down the gang, with tragic results.
“[…] lines such as ‘I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better’ reveal the vulnerability that always made Grahame’s bad girls so human.” (David Parkinson, bfi.org.uk)
Dir: Fritz Lang 90mins USA 1953
28/03/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Musician Wiktor travels around a monochrome snowy landscape with colleague Irena recording regional folk music. When they set up a school to promote Polish culture and tradition, one of those auditioned is Zula, a beautiful singer and dancer, who has been in prison for murder. To Irene’s disapproval a passionate affair ensues, which will take Wiktor and Zula across political and personal boundary lines. The soundtrack as the years pass (late 40s to 60s), acts as the backdrop to these significant times in European history. The film won Pawlikowski the 2018 Cannes best director award.
“Whatever they endure, whether separation, betrayal, alcoholism, the ravages of ageing or even imprisonment, they never give in to self-pity. Reflecting the two leads, the film retains a quiet humour throughout.” (Geoffrey Macnab, independent.co.uk)
Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski 88mins Pol/Fra/UK 2018
Cold War will be introduced and discussed by Dr Hubert Zawadzki, who added so much to our screening of Ida a couple of seasons ago. Cold War, incidentally, stars Agata Kulesza (the novice in Ida) and Joanna Kulig (the singer in Ida)
4/04/2019 19:00 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Akin again turns his eye to German-Turkish relations in modern Germany. The film begins with the prison wedding of German Katja (Diane Kruger) and Turkish Nuri, who is serving time for drug-dealing. Fast forward to Hamburg where the rehabilitated Nuri runs a business and the couple have a son, Rocco. One day Nuri and Rocco are murdered in a terrorist attack and Katja’s devastation is all-consuming. Katja does not believe the murder has anything to do with their personal history, insisting it was perpetrated by right wing extremists, as is eventually confirmed. A trial ensues.
“Diane Kruger (best actress, Cannes 2017), convincingly conveys Katja’s anguish, fragility and fierce determination as a woman who has lost everything and becomes single-minded in a pursuit of justice that eventually turns to vengeance.” (Vanessa H Larson, washingtonpost.com)
Dir: Fatih Akin 106mins Ger/Fra 2017
Doors open at 7.00pm for this joint event with Abingdon and District Twin Towns Society. It is in the main programme and is covered by your subscription — (food & drink extra).
Film starts at 7.45pm approx.