FILMS

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Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary

Additional film dates
Special Events
We are delighted to once again be working in partnership with the King’s Lynn Festival and have arranged these films as part of the Festival.   Tickets for these films will be £4 for members and £5 for the public and will be available from the Corn Exchange.   Details have been sent to you on how to purchase at the reduced rate.
 
Thursday 8th December — THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH
2017
Thursday 12th January — WIENER-DOG   tbc
Tuesday 17th January — LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
Sunday 29th January 3pm — ROMAN HOLIDAY
Thursday 9th February — MAGGIE’S PLAN
Thursday 9th March — JULIETA
Thursday 13th April — HELL OR HIGH WATER   tbc
Thursday 27th April — ADULT LIFE SKILLS

tbc — To Be Confirmed

 

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Thursday 8thDecember

6.30pm — Pre-film mulled wine & mince pies in Crofters
7.30pm — THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH

Comedy — (1957) — 82 mins — Cert U

Director: Basil Dearden
Cast includes: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, Leslie Phillips, Bernard Miles

The Smallest Show On EarthThe Smallest Show on Earth is a gentle, frequently uproarious take-off of Britain’s neighbourhood-cinema industry. Real-life husband and wife Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna star as Matt and Jean Spencer, a middle-class couple who inherit a decrepit cinema along with the theatre’s ancient, doddering employees: bibulous ticket-taker Percy Quill (Peter Sellers), former silent film accompanist Mrs. Fazackalee (Margaret Rutherford) and doorman/janitor old Tom (Bernard Miles). Making the best of things, the Spencers set up shop going through the usual travails of small-time cinema owners: substandard projection and sound reproduction, a dismal selection of films (all they can afford is American B-Westerns), and sundry mishaps with the audience. Just when they’re about to write off the theatre as a loss, crafty old Tom comes up with an underhanded but effective method to allow the Spencers to make a huge profit on their shaky enterprise. Though chock full of entertaining vignettes, the best and most poignant scene in The Smallest Show on Earth finds the three elderly employees tearfully revelling in a nostalgic screening of the 1924 silent film Comin’ Thro’ the Rye.
Hal Erickson, Rovi

TRIVIA

Comin’ Thro’ the Rye (1923) was not filmed just for this movie but was an actual Silent Classic directed by Cecil M. Hepworth.

Silent star Alma Taylor can be seen sitting behind Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna at The Grand. A few minutes later at the Bijou she is shown in the silent film “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye” (1923) with Margaret Rutherford at the piano.

The films shown at the Bijou (all fictional and presumably filmed just for this movie) are:

  • Killer Riders of Wyoming
  • The Mystery of Hell Valley
  • Devil Riders of Parched Point

The Bijou Cinema was not a real building; both the exterior and interior were sets. The exterior facade was constructed between two railways bridges in Christchurch Avenue, London NW6, next to Kilburn tube station. A replica at Shepperton Studios was used for close-up shots and interior scenes.

The Gaumont Palace Hammersmith in London (subsequently called the Hammersmith Odeon, and now called the Hammersmith Apollo) was used for the exterior shots of the rival Grand Cinema with interiors at the Odeon in Richmond.

 

 

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Partnership with The King’s Lynn Festival
This is the second of the two films we are offering in partnership with the King’s Lynn Winter Festival. Tickets are £5 but film club members and their guests can purchase them for £4 through the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Box Office using the password which has been sent to all our members.

 

Tuesday 17thJanuary 2017

2.00pm — LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

Historical Comedy-Drama — (2016) — 92 mins — Cert PG

Director: Whit Stillman
Cast includes Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Stephen Fry, Emma Greenwell, Morfydd Clark, James Fleet, Jemma Redgrave

Love And FriendshipBeautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.

 

 

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Sunday 29thJanuary 2017 3pm
6.00pm — Post film supper at the Bank House
see Events page for details

Roman Holiday

Romance — (1953) — 118 mins — Cert U

Director: William Wyler
Cast includes Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams, Margaret Rawlings, Tullio Carminati, Paolo Carlini, Claudio Ermelli, Paola Borboni, Alfredo Rizzo, Laura Solari, Gorella Gori, Cathy Wyler, Judy Wyler

roman-holidayPrincess Anne embarks on a highly publicized tour of European capitals. When she and her royal entourage arrive in Rome, she begins to rebel against her restricted, regimented schedule. One night Anne sneaks out of her room, hops into the back of a delivery truck and escapes her luxurious confinement. However, a sedative she was forced to take earlier starts to take effect, and the Princess is soon fast asleep on a public bench. She is found by Joe Bradley, an American newspaper reporter stationed in Rome. He takes her back to his apartment. The next morning Joe dashes off to cover the Princess Anne press conference, unaware that she is sleeping on his couch. Once he realizes his good fortune, Joe promises his editor an exclusive interview with the Princess.

TRIVIA

Audrey Hepburn’s casting conflicted with her appearance in the title role of the Broadway production of Gigi, for which author Colette personally had picked her, but modern sources note that William Wyler delayed production for six months to accommodate her schedule.

After filming, Gregory Peck informed the producers that, as Audrey Hepburn was certainly going to win an Oscar (for this, her first major role), they had better put her name above the title. They did and she did.

The first American film to be made in its entirety in Italy.

Shot in black and white so that the characters wouldn’t be upstaged by the romantic setting of Rome.

 

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Thursday 9thFebruary

Maggie’s Plan

Comedy, Drama, Romance — (1953) — 98 mins — Cert 15

Director: Rebecca Miller
Cast includes Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel

maggies-planMaggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette. But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do you do when you suspect your man and his ex wife are actually perfect for each other?

TRIVIA

Second film Ethan Hawke and Maya Rudolph star in after Gattaca.

Second film that Julianne Moore plays a character employed by Columbia University, the other was Still Alice

 

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Thursday 9thMarch

Julieta

Drama Romance — (2016) — 97 mins — Cert 15
Spanish, subtitled — nudity, sexual situations

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast includes Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, Darío Grandinetti, Rossy de Palma, Susi Sánchez, Pilar Castro, Joaquín Notario, Nathalie Poza, Mariam Bachir

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After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta (Emma Suarez) learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection by Julieta into her chequered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life.

TRIVIA

Based on three stories by Alice Munro: “Chance,” “Soon” and “Silence,” from her 2004 collection Runaway.

The original screenplay was written in English, but when Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar went scouting to Canada, the director felt insecure to shoot in a place he didn’t really know, in a language he didn’t master and with a story he felt worked better at Spain.

All the sculptures made by Ava are in reality made by Miquel Navarro, a well known artist from Spain.

Almost every shot contains the colour red.

When the train does an emergency brake and luggage and people are being tossed all over the place a coffee cup and coffee pot in front of the main character remains undisturbed.


 

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