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Classic Films

Meeting Details

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

What we do

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.

Reports

October 2019

Thursday 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.

Thursday 5 December: Sherlock Junior, a Buster Keaton classic; and Duck Soup (1933), hilarious Marx Brothers farce. Two hours total.

2020:  2 January: The Red Shoes; 6 February: Rififi; 5 March: Sullivan's Travels,

Then on: 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 3 Sep, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec.
 

August 2019

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.

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. £1.50 for venue hire. Everyone welcome. No advance notice needed; just turn up.

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