28/02/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
In what may be Varda’s last film, this documentary is made in the same warm and exploratory spirit as her previous films, The Beaches of Agnès and The Gleaners, but here for the first time she has a collaborator, the photographic installation artist JR. Their mission is to travel around industrial and rural France in JR’s van in which he creates architectural photographs. Vital and inquisitive as always, Varda interviews their subjects, making the monumental photographs which adorn the sides of buildings, barns and other structures to be fully autobiographical and celebratory. A joyful and poignant film.
“Sheer perfection – that’s the phrase that springs to mind when describing the humanist miracle that is Faces Places, the year’s best and most beguiling documentary.” (Peter Travers, rollingstone.com)
Dir: Agnès Varda 94mins France 2017
Dr Ann Miller, formerly of the Department of Modern Languages, Leicester University, returns to introduce and discuss this latest film from renowned director, Agnès Varda
7/03/2019 19:30 at St Nicolas' Church, Market Place, Abingdon..
Mister Quaker is a US oyster magnate (the film does not feel or look American, but it really doesn’t matter) and has all the wealth in the world. His only desire is for his daughter Ossi (Ossi Oswalda) to find a suitable match. Is Prince Nucki the man for a very strong-willed young woman? A flippant satire and at times a slightly risqué film.
Lubitsch garnered 73 director credits, shooting some of the most famous films ever made, mostly comedies such as To Be or Not to Be (1942) and Ninotchka (‘Garbo laughs’, said the poster).
“The Oyster Princess is a comedy of manners, starring a quartet of characters who possess precisely none.” (Michael Ewins, sensesofcinema.com)
Dir: Ernst Lubitsch 58mins Germany 1919
Accompanied on piano by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre. Plus supporting programme.
7.30pm start at St Nicolas’ Church, Market Place, Abingdon.
14/03/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) meets and falls in love with the 1950s film noir superstar, Gloria Grahame (Annette Benning) – see The Big Heat, below. Miss Grahame is performing on the London stage, and they both lodge at down at heel digs in North London. In due course they go to meet Turner’s family in Liverpool. The couple travel from there to LA via New York as their relationship develops. But Gloria feels welcome in Liverpool, where she can shed her troubled past. With excellent performances by Julie Walters and Kenneth Cranham as Turner’s parents.
“There is a tremendous warmth and tenderness to this sweet, sad love story starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell – a stranger-than-fiction true romance […]. Director Paul McGuigan finds the balance between pathos and humour, working from Matt Greenhalgh’s adaptation of a memoir by the actor and writer Peter Turner.”
(Peter Bradshaw, theguardian.com)
Dir: Paul McGuigan 105mins UK 2017
A welcome return by the film’s Assistant Art Director, Susannah Brough, who will give her valuable insights on its production and context. In 2015 Susannah gave us a brilliant introduction to Rob Brown’s Sixteen. Subject to Susannah’s work commitments.