Monthly film shows – September 2018 to July 2019
Screenings are usually at 8.00pm in the Commodore cinema, Star Street, Ryde PO33 2HX; longer films start earlier. Check for any last minute changes on our Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2xycEgw or see the latest email from us if you’re on our emailing list.
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6.20pm Monday 24 September 2018
Lawrence of Arabia (dir: David Lean, 1962) PG 228 minutes (and there will be an interval)
with Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, and Arthur Kennedy
Lt TE Lawrence’s real life story of uniting and leading disparate Arab peoples during World War I in order to fight Britain’s foe, the Ottoman Empire. A heady mix of orientalism, locals helping one imperialism defeat another, pluck, derring-do, fatalism, and epic landscape. And add O’Toole’s charismatic, blue-eyed performance to those of the other principal actors – Omar Sharif among them – it’s a film not to be missed.
8.00pm Monday 29 October 2018
8½ (dir: Federico Fellini, 1963) 15 138 minutes
with Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo, and Anouk Aimee
Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a troubled filmmaker trying to get his film launched. He struggles with stasis, dwells on past loves – and those of the present – and frequently wanders into fantastical territory. And his work becomes more and more autobiographical.
8.00pm Monday 26 November 2018
Oh! What a lovely war (dir: Richard Attenborough, 1969) PG 144 minutes
with Corin Redgrave, Ian Holm, Maggie Smith, John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde, John Mills, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Redgrave, Jack Hawkins, Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Susannah York, Edward Fox
While this evening’s screening is almost exactly 100 years after the First World War ended, the film was made halfway between then and now. Deliberately provocative and controversial, Oh! What a lovely war is based on Joan Littlewood’s stage production of the same name. It is still as hard-hitting as when premiered. The film gained a Golden Globe, five Baftas, and was Winner of the UN Award.
8.00pm Monday 17 December 2018
Blade Runner : Final Cut (dir: Ridley Scott, 1982/2007) 15 117 minutes
with Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Darryl Hannah
This 25th Anniversary Edition is the only version of Blade Runner over which Ridley Scott had complete artistic control. Final Cut contains the original full-length version of the unicorn dream, which had never been in any version, and has been restored. In this sci-fi epic, we ponder the replicant sought by the replicant hunter, wonder at the love story, and consider if this is indeed the final word on Blade Runner.
8.00pm Monday 28 January 2019
Some like it hot (dir: Billy Wilder, 1959) U 121 minutes
with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E Brown
At the time, joining an all-female band seemed like a good idea to two men escaping the scene of a Mob killing. And while Joe (Tony Curtis) later tries to win the affections of Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), the band’s singer, Jerry/Daphne (Jack Lemmon) is the ideal woman for Osgood Fielding III (Joe E Brown).
8.00pm Monday 25 February 2019
Tokyo Story (dir: Yasujirô Ozu, 1953) U 136 minutes
with Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura
A subtly observed family drama set in post-WWII Japan. A busy working couple leave the widowed daughter to deal with visiting aged parents. Ozu provides emotional continuity without providing predictable detail in-fill. In the absence of melodrama the dialogue is deceptively casual; but even the most off the cuff remark has weight. However, no one is condemned: here a sense of inevitability carries over into resigned sadness.
8.00pm Monday 25 March 2019
Jean de Florette (dir: Claude Berri, 1986) PG 121 minutes
with Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil
A period drama based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol, taking place in rural Provence. Two farmers plot to trick a newcomer out of his property. It was a huge success domestically and internationally; it won four Baftas and a César Award.
8.00pm Monday 29 April 2019
Pandora’s Box (Die Büchse der Pandora) (dir: Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929) PG 135 minutes
with Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Carl Goetz, Krafft-Raschig, Alice Roberts
Dr Ludwig Schön (Fritz Kortner) keeps Lulu (Louise Brooks) as his mistress, but does not like what follows when the worm turns. She faces injustice when reputational pride gets in the way of his doing the honourable thing. This silent classic has been recently restored and was released in this its original length only a year ago.
8.00pm Monday 27 May 2019
A matter of life and death (dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger) U 104 minutes
with David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring, Raymond Massey, Abraham Sofaer, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough
A World War 2 pilot, Peter Carter (David Niven), returns home in a badly damaged aircraft. Romance, the pang of loss, the hope of survival, and the longing for life – in the here and now or in an unknowable afterlife. This film has it all.
8.00pm Monday 24 June 2019
Stormy Weather (dir: Andrew Stone, 1943) U 77 minutes
with Lena Horne, Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, Fats Waller, Ada Brown, Cab Calloway
A prime showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time, in an era when African American actors and singers rarely appeared in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood productions, especially musicals. Stormy Weather provided African American audiences with a national platform for extraordinary black entertainers. Its star, Lena Horne, is a vision of loveliness, modesty, and considerable talent. The film’s array of dance routines is a mini-genealogy of tap. Aside from Robinson, it features the Nicholas Brothers, stars in Hollywood and at New York City’s Cotton Club since the 1930s, as well as the wonderful music of Cab Calloway and his band. This was the last of the great Depression-era Hollywood black musicals.
8.00pm Monday 29 July 2019
Manhattan (dir: Woody Allen, 1979) 12A 96 minutes
with Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep
A twice-divorced malcontent, Isaac (Woody Allen), faces middle age full of angst. Should he date a high school girl, Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), or his best friend’s mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton)?