The Film Group is currently suspended. It is hoped that it will resume in the Spring Term.
Organiser: Jeremy Buncombe
When: Tuesday 13.00–15.00 during term time
Where: Arts Picturehouse, 38–39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AR
Contact: the Office on 01223 321587 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Established in October 1999 by David Jakes, and with the much valued contribution of the Arts Picturehouse Cambridge management, the U3AC Film Group shows a wide range of the best in both historic and contemporary cinema from all countries, generations and genres. Our programmes take a robust and adventurous approach to the history of cinema.
The screenings take place at the Arts Picturehouse, every Tuesday during term time, in Screen 2 or Screen 3 (no allocated seating). There are no ads or trailers; all our films start promptly at 1.00 pm (other than when an exceptionally lengthy film is shown).
Please make sure you are seated by the start time (1 pm) as a dark cinema can be hazardous. Members are most welcome to attend our post screen discussions and to make suggestions for future showings.
Please ensure that all electronic devices are switched off or in the case of mobile phones switched to silent mode. Under no circumstances should photography/filming take place in the cinema.
U3AC Film Group – Old Jerry’s Personal Selection No 2 to keep you going !
Since the onset of the lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic I have received requests from some Film Group members and the Office for some film suggestions to keep you going. As many of you will have gathered from recent news, Cineworld has just announced the temporary closure of all its Cineworld and Picturehouse cinemas from Friday 9th October with no indication of when their venues will re-open. The twice postponed new James Bond movie is now scheduled for April 21. So with the long evenings of autumn and winter looming I have selected some more titles that are well worth seeking out.
Of course there are countless films available via the BBC & ITV i-players and at any given time there are many fine films to see that way. However, here is another small selection of films available on NETFLIX, and on Curzon Cinema.
The Social Network – how Mark Zuckerberg unleashed Facebook.
Mean Streets – tough, violent and uncompromising early Scorsese.
I, Tonya – the competitive world of figure skating.
Lost Girls – a mother’s search for her missing daughter and the world of sex workers.
Gone Girl – masterful psychological thriller.
Spotlight – Boston Globe investigative reporters uncover systematic child abuse in the Catholic Church.
The Big Short – brilliant film about the financial crash of 2008.
Birdman– darkly comic tale of a man haunted by his past and facing an existential crisis.
Nightcrawler – taut clever thriller exploring the world of ‘stringers’, freelance videographers who scour late night LA for violent events to film and then sell to local news TV stations.
Netflix’s mini series “Unorthodox”(4 episodes) about a Hassidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn who flees to Berlin to escape an arranged marriage is well worth seeng.
After the Storm – a film by the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda which follows a young father trying to rekindle his relationship with his family.
The Bostonians – based on the Henry James novel, James Ivory’s film explores subtle power struggles between sex, class and the Women’s Movement.
Breaking the Waves– A moving, uplifting but brutal assessment of love, faith, social pressure and human dignity.
What Masie Knew – another film based on a short Henry James novel about life shown through the eyes of a young girl who witnesses the implosion of her parents’ marriage.
Vincere – the Italian director, Marco Bellocchio’s powerful drama about the early history of Benito Mussolini’s early life.
Scandal – Classic film about the Profumo Affair from the Sixties.
Stalker – Tarkovsky at his most challenging. This mysterious film is ranked at one of the greatest science fiction films ever.
A Royal Affair – Danish film set in the 18th century about brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom of the people.
The Perfect Candidate – The struggle of a young woman in the restrictive and highly conservative Saudi culture as she runs for election in her local city elections.
My Rembrandt – Dutch film set in a world of old masters , and one which offers a mosaic of gripping stories about an unrestrained passion for Rembrandt’ s paintings.
Tickets for single shows are available on the door for the standard cinema ticket price.
U3AC members can get a reduced-price ticket by first purchasing a U3AC 10-week Term Card (or adding this to your existing Picturehouse Membership), and then obtaining a paper ticket (at no additional cost) on the day.