Film Group Programme
Established in October 1999, with the much valued collaboration of the Arts Picturehouse management. The aim of the U3AC Film Group is to show a wide range of the best in cinema from all nations, generations and genres. Our shows take place at The Arts Picturehouse every Tuesday during term time and normally start at 2 pm. Members are welcome to attend our post screen discussions.
Dir Francis Ford Coppola USA 1972 (175 mins)
This elegiac organised crime saga is one of the all–time watermarks of American cinema, rich with subtle acting and blessed with stunning cinematography. Beginning after the Second World War it traces the handover of power within the Corleone Family. A stunning immigrant family saga about assimilation, blood loyalty and honour. The first in a trilogy and the intention is to show the other two parts over the next two terms. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PERFORMANCE WILL COMMENCE AT 1.00 PM !
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Dir Werner Herzog West Germany 1974 (110 mins )
Kaspar Hauser was found in Nuremberg in 1828 clutching a note bearing his name and age. After learning to talk he told of spending his life imprisoned in a cellar, denied all contact. This celebrated film is barely concerned with the specifics of Kaspar’s possible identity, instead opting for the larger existential conundrums of social convention, hypocrisy and corruption.
Dir Laurence Olivier UK 1955 (161 mins)
This adaptation from Shakespeare also incorporates elements from ‘Henry VI – Part 3’.It depicts Richard plotting and conspiring to grasp the throne from his brother King Edward 111. Many are killed, and betrayed with Richard’s evil leading to his downfall. Although not well received at the time, many consider this to be the best of Olivier’s adaptations of Shakespeare PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PERFORMANCE WILL COMMENCE AT 1.00 PM !
We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam)
Dir Nanni Moretti Italy 2011 (102 mins)
Habemus Papam, the Latin for ‘We Have A Pope’ is the phrase used on the announcement of a new pope. Michel Piccoli plays a cardinal, who against his wishes is elected pope. The director, Nanni Moretti co-stars as a psychiatrist who is called in to help the pope overcome his panic.
Dir Agnieszka Holland Poland 2011
Based on true events this Polish drama tells the story of Leopold Socha, a sewer worker in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lwów (since 1945 Lviv,Ukraine) who uses his knowledge of the city’s sewer system to shelter a group of Jews from the Lwów Ghetto during the Shoah in occupied Poland. An intense and very powerful film.
Dir Andrea Arnold UK 2009 (124mins)
Filmed in the Mardyke Estate Havering, the town of Tilbury & the A13 (!) this film follows a 15 year old girl who lives in a shabby block of flats with her mother and younger sister. The girl is shown as a reckless rebellious teenager who finds herself locked in conflict with her mother for the attentions of the same lover.
Dir Orson Welles US 1946 (95mins)
A rarely seen film noir directed by the great Orson Welles. A hugely enjoyable thriller as the man from the Allied War Crimes Commission patiently tracks down Welles as a former top Nazi, but now living as a teacher in a small Connecticut town. The film abounds in plenty of over the top touches and is quite “Hitchcockian” in places.
Dir Hirokazu Koreeda Japan 2011 (129mins)
A gentle tale of sibling relations. Some six months after the separation of their parents, pre-teens Koichi Ryu (played by brothers Koki and Oshiro Maeda) live at opposite ends of Kyushi island with their anxious mother and feckless musician father respectively. The boys hatch a scheme to ride a new bullet train between the two cities on its maiden journey, believing that when the trains cross a magical moment will occur and the family will be reunited.
Knife in the Water
Dir Roman Polanski Poland (94 mins )
Polanski’s first feature, a model of economic imaginative film-making. A couple destined for a yachting weekend pick up a hitch-hiker and during the apparently relaxing period of sport and rest, allegiances shift, frustrations bubble up to the surface and dangerous emotional games are played An intriguing blend of humiliation, sexuality, aggression and absurdity.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle- Blanc-Sec
Dir Luc Besson France 2010 (107mins)
Something out of the ordinary in the run up to the 2013 Christmas festivities! A wacky adaptation of a French comic strip centred on a lady adventurer. The action begins in Paris 1912 with a pterodactyl hatching from its egg in a museum and menacing the city. The heroine blends Indiana Jones’s guile with a head–girl hauteur. Highly whimsical, enchanting Paris locations, and ornate design.