|Meeting Day||First Thursday|
|Time||1.45 - film starts 2.00|
|Location||Abbot Hall Social Centre|
We show films that are excellent of their kind, be that comedy, drama, thriller or anything else. Any U3A member will be welcome, also accompanying non-members: turn up on the day, or contact Mark Miller first if you prefer. Some attend regularly, others come along more occasionally.
Films will start at 2.00 p.m.; please arrive by 1.45 p.m. £1.50 for venue hire.
Everyone welcome. No advance notice needed; just turn up.
NB The sound quality will be much improved, with the use of a superior laptop.
See Events for other meetings which are open to all members.
5 September Cinema Paradiso (1988). A “near-perfect melding of direction, acting, script, sound track, and cinematography”; “a warm-hearted film about life in small-town Italy after World War II”. Italian, with subtitles. Running time 2 hours.
31 October The Third Man (1949). British film noir directed by Carol Reed, written by Graham Greene, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. Atmospheric portayal of bombed-out, corrupt post-war Vienna; superb cinematography. Running time 1 hour 44 minutes.
5 December Duck Soup (1933). Hilarious Marx Brothers farce. A comedy classic. Also supporting short film. Running time 68 minutes, plus the short film.
In 2020 there will be films on Thursdays 2 January 5 March 2 April 7 May 4 June; dates for September to December not yet fixed.
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. £1.50 for venue hire. Everyone welcome. No advance notice needed; just turn up.
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.