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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!

    2019

    POWELL AND PRESSBURGER SEASON

    Influential films written, produced and directed by the filmmaking partnership of British-born director Michael Powell and Hungarian-born writer Emeric Pressburger. "Films should have a good story, a clear story and if possible... a little bit of magic"

    Sunday 6 January

      

    A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH ( UK, 1946, PG, 104 min)

    Starring David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey. Intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Powell and Pressburger’s extraordinary fantasy traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love. With his crew either dead or parachuted out, his craft in flames and falling fast, RAF bomber pilot Peter Carter (Niven) bails out without a chute. His miraculous survival allows him to pursue a fortuitous romance with an American radio operator (Hunter), with whom he shared what he thought were his last words. Agents in Heaven, however, soon discover that a mistake was made and a celestial trial threatens to revoke Carter's new lease on life. Daring cinematography mixes monochrome and colour, incorporates time-lapse images, and even toys with background 'time freezes' 50 years before "The Matrix".

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    FILM QUIZ:

    Sunday 20 January 2019

      

    Sunday 27 January

      

    BLACK NARCISSUS (UK, 1947, U, 101 min)

    Starring Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jean Simmons. In this unusual, visually stunning, and dramatically compelling film, Anglican nuns led by Sister Clodagh (Kerr) attempt to establish a school and hospital in the Himalayas. But the sisters encounter conflict and tension – both with the natives and also within their own group – as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings. Eventually Sister Ruth's (Kathleen Byron) attraction to the ruling general's ruggedly handsome agent (David Farrar) leads to tragedy. Black Narcissus achieved acclaim for its pioneering technical mastery with the cinematographer, Jack Cardiff, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Cinematography and Alfred Junge earning an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. It had a profound impact on later filmmakers, notably Martin Scorsese.

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    Sunday 17 February

      

    THE RED SHOES (UK, 1948, U, 134 min)

    Classic drama based on the fairy tale "The Red Shoes" by Hans Christian Anderson. Starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring. Vicky Page (Shearer) is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov (Walbrook), urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster (Goring). Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences. Original music by Brian Easdale, the first British composer to win an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. Today, it is regarded as one of the best films of Powell and Pressburger's partnership, and in 1999, it was voted the ninth greatest British film of all time.

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    ICONIC WOMEN

    Celebrating the greatest female characters to ever command the silver screen – along with the amazing women who brought them to life.

    Sunday 10 March

      

    AUTUMN SONATA (Sweden, 1978, 15, 99 min)

    Swedish drama written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, and starring Ingrid Bergman (in her final film role), Liv Ullmann and Lena Nyman. This intense domestic drama offers insight into the troubled relationships between a mother and her two daughters, one of whom has a life-limiting illness and the other who has been estranged from her mother for seven years. Seen as a beautiful meditation on death and the not-always-realised possibility of reconciliation across generations. Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar and Ingrid Evocatively shot in burnished harvest colors, the film ranks among the director’s major dramatic work, winning the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ingrid Bergman) and Best Original Screenplay.

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    Sunday 31 March

      

    THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN (UK, 1981, 12, 124 min)

    British romantic drama film directed by Karel Reisz and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter from the 1969 historical fiction novel by John Fowles. Starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, David Warner and Penelope Wilton. Set in Lyme Regis, Exeter and Lake Windermere, the film intercuts the stories of two affairs; one is a Victorian period drama involving the gentleman palaeontologist Charles Smithson and the complex and troubled Sarah Woodruff, known as "the French lieutenant's woman". The other story is between actors Mike and Anna, playing the lead roles in a modern filming of the story. In both segments, Irons and Streep play the lead roles. The film received five Academy Award nominations including best actress for Streep (winning a Bafta and Golden Globe) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Harold Pinter.

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    Sunday 14 April

      

    FARGO (USA, 1996, 18, 98 min)

    Crime drama written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare. Jerry Lundegaard (Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Buscemi and Stormare) to kidnap his own wife, and collect the ransom from her wealthy father. His inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (McDormand). A critical and commercial success, Fargo received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. McDormand received the Best Actress Oscar, and the Coens won Best Original Screenplay. In 1998, the American Film Institute named it one of the 100 greatest American films in history.

    Doors and bar open at 6.15pm. Film starts at 7pm

    AN EPIC BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK...

    Sunday 13 May TBC NOTE: Film starts 6PM

    Saturday 6 July

      

    Trip to Southwold and The Electric Picture Palace.
    FILM TBC plus short film