Classic Cinema Club

Classic Cinema Club

Fridays at 7:30pm

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The Classic Cinema Club show a film every Friday at 7:30pm in the historic Ealing Town Hall. There is a short introduction and a knowledgeable and lively discussion after the film, one of their best features. Light refreshments are served and you are welcome to bring your own.

Classic Cinema Club-Ealing are a group of local film fans who saw a need to support and enjoy film in our community. Films are chosen for their value both culturally and artistically, hoping to provide the community with a great choice of cinema. Suggestions for a series is always appreciated.

Accessible for wheelchair users 

Check what films are on by clicking on the following link: http://www.classiccinemaclub.co.uk/

The films are shown in Conference Room 3 on the second floor. Look for the signs on the evening of the film to direct you.

 

Friday 22nd September   Late Spring         Banshun              1949       108 minutes       U             in Japanese with English subtitles

Directed by Yasujirô Ozu               starring Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara

A middle-aged man and his adult daughter fend off interfering relatives and meddlesome friends intent on finding them a marriage match, in this bittersweet story from the master of family dramas. “One of Ozu’s personal favourites, this serene, acutely observed examination of filial relationships and middle-class life is a transcendent and profoundly moving work rivalling ‘Tokyo Story’ as the director’s masterpiece.”

Winner of Japanese film magazine and newspaper awards for best film, director, screenplay and actress.

 

Friday 29th September   Breathless          À bout de souffle            1960       90 minutes          PG          in French with English subtitles

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard      starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg

A petty thief fancies himself a cool criminal like those in the movies he idolises, and as the police track him down, he plans to flee Paris with his American girlfriend. With creative energy, a low budget and love of the B-movie genre, “Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.” It made a huge splash at the time and was exciting, daring, different and new – how does it look today?

Winner of best director at the Berlin festival; the Prix Jean Vigo; named best film by French cinema critics.

 

Friday 6th October            Singin’ in the Rain           1952       103 minutes       U             in English

Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly          starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds

There’s panic and upheaval in Hollywood as sound films become the talk of the town, and between technical difficulties, maintaining a glamorous façade, and squeaky voices, not everyone eases into the transition. This joyous comedy is abound with industry in-jokes about showbiz behind the scenes, and the dazzling dance routines are set to a songbook including ‘Make ‘em Laugh’, ‘Good Morning’ and the title number. Advertised at the time as “MGM’s Technicolor musical treasure!” it is now called the best movie musical.

Nominated for two Academy Awards for acting and music; winner of the Golden Globe for best actor; best musical from the Writers Guild of America; counted among the Top Ten Films by the National Board of Review USA.

 

Friday 13th October          Mirror   Zerkalo 1975       107 minutes       U             in Russian with English subtitles

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky     starring Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovsky

A narrator reminisces on his childhood in the countryside, his relationships with family over generations, and moments of everyday life, along with reflections on Soviet history and the Russian people. Weaving together the past and present, personal and universal, and real footage with visually stunning dream imagery, this art film makes transcendent use of the medium – “Cinema rarely gets this close to poetry in motion.”

 

Friday 20th October          Kes         1969       111 minutes       PG          in English

Directed by Ken Loach   starring David Bradley, Colin Welland, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

In South Yorkshire, dragged down by school struggles and a difficult home life, a boy finds a young kestrel – and a purpose – as he nurses and trains it to soar the sky. As ever with the director’s brand of realism, it was shot on location in South Yorkshire with a mostly non-professional cast, resulting in “one of the most powerful coming-of-age stories ever told, containing passages of great beauty.” The film and its spirit have endured, and it was voted number 7 in the BFI Top 100 British Films.

Winner of BAFTA awards for its actors; best screenplay from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain; counted in the Top Ten Films by the National Board of Review USA; it got top prizes and high praise at several film festivals.

 

Friday 27th October          Dead of Night    1945       104 minutes       PG          in English

Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer

Starring Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Sally Ann Howes, Michael Redgrave, Garry Marsh

Attending a gathering at a country house, one visitor recognises the other guests – from his recurring nightmares. They have all had spectral encounters and experiences, including a deadly premonition, a haunted mirror, and a ventriloquist’s dummy with a mind of its own. As each tells their tale of the supernatural, his dreams become indistinguishable from reality. Producer Michael Balcon assembled the best directors, writers and crew at Ealing Studios for this anthology of ghost stories, including adaptations of works by E. F. Benson and H. G. Wells. Included in lists of the top horror films by critics’ polls and Martin Scorsese, “this chilling quintet deserves to be considered among the studio’s finest achievements.”

Winner of Most Interesting Screenplay at the Locarno festival.

Price

• Membership is £10 for 12 months. Members pay £6 (£5 concessions) for tickets.

• Non-members pay an additional £1 for for the evening.

• The membership is in addition to the entrance admission. Your £10 membership fee will cover you for the entire year from the date you purchase.

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Transport

By bus, E2, E8, 65, 427, and 207 stop a very short walk from Ealing Town Hall.
By tube, it's a short walk from the Ealing Broadway Underground Station which is on the District and Central Lines.
By car, there are two car parks a short distance behind the town hall.

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Watching the classics and learning from and joining from the knowledgeable discussion after the film