6/12/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Universally heralded as a masterpiece, this is essentially a shaggy dog story about a pair of earrings which change hands for a variety of reasons. Contessa Madame de… (Danielle Darrieux) is obliged to pay off debts by selling the earrings, a gift from her errant husband. When said spouse, General André de… (Charles Boyer), discovers they are missing he advertises for their return. He then gives the returned earrings to his mistress Lola, who later sells them on … “After numerous viewings I’m happy to call Max Ophüls’s Madame de… […] flawless. […] This masterpiece stars Danielle Darrieux as a wilful French countess in fin-de-siècle Paris who falls in love with an Italian diplomat (Vittorio De Sica). […] Darrieux has never looked more entrancing.” (Philip French, theguardian.com)
Dir: Max Ophüls 100mins France 1953
13/12/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Being a film student
Why do young people go to university to study film? Adam Simcox, a young man from our locality, who is one of that breed, will seek to answer this question – but speaking only for himself. He’ll talk about the course he is on; give us a bite-sized taste of film theorist André Bazin’s ideas; and present and discuss a couple of film clips – one old, one new, both titles you will have heard of. With plenty of time for audience questions and discussion.
20/12/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
If you only looked through the prism of #Me Too and #Times Up movements, you might have only little sympathy for our screening The Apartment. But this story of workplace sexual misconduct is sublime comedy. After seeing Brief Encounter Wilder asked “what about the poor schnook who has to crawl into the still warm bed of the lovers”, which describes the role of Jack Lemmon as the hapless junior clerk, CC Baxter. Currying favour with his seniors, he allows his tiny apartment to be used for sexual trysts, but is dismayed as lift operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) enters a liaison with CEO JD Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray).
Dir: Billy Wilder 125mins USA 1960