Event categories: Film

Film Group screenings

The Mission

Dir: Roland Jaffe: UK 1986 (125 mins) Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, but accorded a mixed critical reception, this is a studied, elegant and very moving drama set in 18th century South America. Jeremy Irons gives a performance of great sincerity as the head of a Jesuit mission under threat from the greed […]

The Bride Wore Black

Dir: François Truffaut: France/Italy 1968 (107 mins) One sun-drenched morning, Julie comes out of a church in a white dress on the arm of a boy called David whom she has loved since childhood. As the bells ring and the wedding party poses for the photographer a shot rings out. It is a stupid accident, […]

Nobody Knows

Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda: Japan 2004 (141 mins) In 1988 what was dubbed the “Affair of the Four Abandoned Children of Niski-Sugano” scandalised Japan and inspired Hirokazu Kore-eda’s screenplay, which took 5 years to bring to the screen. The film is a deeply moving study of juvenile endurance that earned Yuya Yagira the best actor prize […]

The Misfits

Dir: John Huston: USA 1961 (125 mins) (Member’s Request) The last film of both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. It went from box-office flop to cult status within the space of a year. Written by Monroe’s then husband, Arthur Miller, the film is a grey, solemn and at times pretentious piece about three drifters who […]

Madame de …

Dir: Max Ophuls: France/Italy 1953 (105 mins) For many, this piercingly poignant fin-de-siécle romance with its dark but exquisitely delicate sense of irony, is the very finest of Max Ophuls’ ‘amusing tragedies’. When beset by debt the titular Countesse Louise decides to sell a pair of earrings that were a wedding gift from her husband […]

Silence

Dir: Martin Scorsese: USA 2016 (161 mins) (Member’s Request) Director Martin Scorsese’s rumination as faith and religion, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel tells the story of two 17th century missionaries who undertake a perilous journey to Japan to search for their missing mentor and to spread the gospel. This sprawling epic is a deeply […]

Aguirre, Wrath of God

Dir: Werner Herzog: West Germany 1972 (93 mins)    (Member’s Request) From its opening shots of an ant-like column of Spanish conquistadors and their enslaved indigenous porters scrambling perilously down through the clouds on a sheer pass in the Andes, it’s immediately clear that Werner Herzog’s account of the quest for El Dorado will be […]

The Pianist

Dir: Roman Polanski: USA 2002 (149 mins) Evoking his own childhood experiences in the Krakow ghetto, Roman Polanski laid some personal ghosts to rest with this poignant Holocaust drama based on the memoirs of the Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman. Events are seen through the eyes of Szpilman who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto as deportations to […]

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