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    We screen these iconic films on a LARGE SCREEN in convivial surroundings at the Hunter Club, St Andrews St South, Bury St Edmunds. All over 16's welcome. Members Free; Non-members £6 on the door. New members always welcome!

    AN EPIC BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK

    SUNDAY 13 MAY

      

    KAGEMUSHA (Japan, 1980, 12)

    Written, produced and directed by Akira Kurosawa. Containing epic battle scenes of astonishing beauty and scope, this emotionally touching and philosophical story won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. "Kagemusha" is a samurai drama by the director who most successfully introduced the genre to the West (with such classics as "The Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo". Set in 16th Century feudal Japan, it centres on the power struggle between the powerful warlord Shingen Takeda (Tatsuya Nakadai) and two rival clans. A petty thief (also Tatsuya Nakada) with an astonishing resemblance to the warlord Shingen is chosen as the lord's double. When the warlord is mortally wounded in battle the thief is forced to take up arms in his place so their enemies will not learn that Shingen is dead. Through stunning visuals and meticulous attention to every physical and stylistic detail, Kurosawa made a film that restored his status as Japan's greatest filmmaker, and the success of Kagemusha enabled the director to make his 1985 masterpiece, Ran. Doors and bar open at 5.30pm. Film starts at 6pm

    SATURDAY 7 JULY

      

    On the Town (USA, 1949, U)

    Annual Summer Coach Trip to Southwold and the Electric Picture Palace


    Pre-booked tickets only – contact BSEFS.contact@gmail.com

    CINEMA AND THE SEA

    The sea – we know it can be calm and serene one moment, then suddenly stormy and turbulent. People experience the sea in contradictory ways: as powerful but serene, beautiful but dangerous.

    SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

      

    FINDING NEMO (USA, 2003, U, 100mins)

    Written and directed by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Lee Unkrich, the Pixar film features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Willem Dafoe. After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, an overprotective clown fish named Marlin who, along with a regal blue tang named Dory, sets out on a journey to bring him home. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and comes to terms with Nemo taking care of himself. Stunning underwater adventure, with memorable characters, humour and heartfelt emotion, Finding Nemo won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and became the highest-grossing animated film and is the best-selling DVD title of all time. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER

      

    LE GRAND BLEU (The Big Blue) (France/USA/Italy, 1988, 15, 168mins)

    A captivating film known for its beautiful cinematography of uniquely surreal quality and directed by Luc Besson, the film is a heavily fictionalized and dramatized story of the friendship and sporting rivalry between two leading contemporary champion free divers in the 20th century. The main characters are Jacques Mayol (played by Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo Maiorca – renamed to "Enzo Molinari" (played by Jean Reno), and involves Mayol's fictionalized relationship with his girlfriend Johana Baker (Rosanna Arquette). Jacques feels an unusual bond with the sea and Enzo is in it for the sheer danger involved. Featuring gorgeous underwater photography and spectacular location shooting in the French Antibes, the Greek islands, Peru, and Taormina in Sicily, the film was nominated for several César Awards, winning two for Best Music written for a film (Éric Serra), and Best Sound. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER

      

    THE SEA HAWK (USA, 1940, U, 127mins)

    This classic swashbuckling Errol Flynn movie was directed by Michael Curtiz. In the 1580s, Captain Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) is the boldest of Sea Hawks – the name given to the bold privateers who prowl the oceans taking Spanish ships and treasure on behalf of the British Crown. When he captures the vessel carrying ambassador Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba (Claude Rains), the dashing captain falls for his niece, the beautiful Dona Maria (Brenda Marshall). At the time The Sea Hawk boasted the most opulent production values of a Warner Bros period film to date, and boasts an excellent adventure film score by Erich Wolfgang Kongold. Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm