FILM SOCIETY

1 – 3 pm Thursday – Auditorium.

Coordinators: Rick Thompson, Aileen Harland

Note that films marked * will be shown with subtitles for the hard of hearing.

 

RECONCILIATION DAY NOTE: Members of the Northern U3A Film Society will be invited to the screening of BENEATH CLOUDS, May 31, in honour of the day.

 

May 3      *OCTOBER (TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD), USSR, 1927/28, 103 mins. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. Commissioned ten years after to celebrate the Russian Revolution, the film focusses on the war in Leningrad; it takes place in the original locales, and, along with BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, the film pioneered the process of intellectual montage.

May 10    *TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, USA, 1944, 103 mins. Directed by Howard Hawks. With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan. Loosely based on Hemingway’s novel, an American charter boat captain and his mate become unwillingly involved in World  War II Caribbean politics; the upside is a romance with Lauren Bacall.

May 17       *REBECCA, 1940, USA, 130 mins. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  With Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, George Sanders.  Based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel. A young woman’s romantic dreams all seem to have come true when she marries a dashing man; things blacken as the ghost of the husband’s first wife enters.

May 24      *BANGHU (LATE CHRYSANTHEMUMS), 1954, Japan, 97 mins.  Directed by Mikio Naruse.  Combines three Fumiko Hayashi stories about ageing geishas, their family problems, not to mention the post-war economy, and the friendship that sees them through.

May 31    BENEATH CLOUDS, 2010, Australia. 90 mins. Directed by Ivan Sen. With Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt. A search for identity and purpose in their everyday, meaningless lives brings together two teenagers. On their journey they form a bond that transcends their individual differences, yet leads each one to confront the reality of their choices.

June 7      STAGECOACH, 1939, USA, 96 mins. Directed by John Ford. With John Wayne, Claire Trevor, John Carradine. A variety of townspeople find themselves sharing a stagecoach trip, each for their own reasons. STAGECOACH is widely celebrated as the birth of the modern western film.

June 14    *GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933, USA, 98 mins. Directed by Busby Berkeley. With Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers.  A backstage musical about the difficulties of putting on a show; features the remarkable musical numbers of Berkeley:
cinematic choreography of dazzling originality.

June 21    *LA STRADA, 1954, Italy, 104 mins. Directed by Federico Fellini. With Giulietta Masina (Fellini’s wife), Anthony Quinn, and Richard Basehart, Young Gelsomina (Masina) is sold to a brutal circus strongman. (Quinn), and drawn into his increasingly painful hostilities with a rival strongman.  Without abandoning his neo-realist background, Fellini develops a deeply emotional story.

June 28     FANTASIA, 1940, USA, 125 mins. Directed by Walt Disney.  A celebration of the possibilities of animation at the time, FANTASIA is far more than a simple cartoon as it reworks visual and story ideas into new relationships with music

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