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Classic Films

Meeting Details

Meeting DayFirst Thursday
Time1.45 - film starts 2.00
LocationAbbot Hall Social Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Mark Miller

What we do

We will aim to show films that are excellent of their kind, be that comedy, drama, thriller or anything else. Any U3A member will be welcome: turn up on the day, or contact Mark Miller first if you prefer. We hope to develop a core membership of regular attenders, as well as attracting those who come along more occasionally.


May 2019

2 May: Cinema Paradiso (1988).

A “near-perfect melding of direction, acting, script, sound track, and cinematography”; “a warm-hearted and wonderful film about life in small-town Italy after World War II”. Italian, with subtitles.

6 June: Forbidden Planet (1956).

Science-fiction classic, loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest; “intelligent, funny and thought-provoking ... certainly head and shoulders above the standards set by the rest of the genre”; “elements of Shakespeare's The Tempest, the Garden of Eden, and Freudian psychology make an enlightening tale of other-worldly mystery”.

No film in July or August.

Films will start at 2.00 p.m.; please arrive by 1.45 p.m. £1.00 for venue hire. Everyone welcome. No advance notice needed; just turn up.

November 2018

We will show seven films in 2019. There will be no film in January or February.

On Thursday 7 March: Rebecca (1940), directed by Hitchcock, with a first-class cast led by Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine. A classic early Hitchcock thriller/romantic melodrama, full of suspense, mystery and brooding atmosphere.

On Thursday 4 April: The Philadelphia Story (1940), directed by George Cukor. One of the wittiest of all Hollywood comedies, with some depth and wisdom too. The only film in which Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart are on the screen together. “The fun and wit rise like champagne bubbles, but there is a deceptive strength in the writing and performances ... effortlessly classy.” (The Guardian)

At these sessions we hope to learn more about what our audience would like to see, and what people may be able to offer on DVD for future showings.

Abbot Hall Social Centre. Films will start at 2.00; please arrive by 1.45, with £1.00 for venue hire.

August 2018

The start of the programme has unfortunately been delayed: the first film will be shown on 1 November.

This will be Flying Down to Rio, the first film in which Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together. A very light comedy, to get us off to a cheerful start.

On 6 December the film will be Babette’s Feast – Oscar winner for best foreign-language film of 1987. A serious comedy, perfectly made in every respect, and including a magnificent feast – which seems appropriate as Christmas will be approaching.

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