FILMS

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Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary

Additional film dates
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.

2014
Thu 20th Nov – BELLE
Thu 11th Dec – JOYEUX NOËL
2015
Thu 8th Jan – CHEF
Sun 18th Jan – CHAPLIN + THE KID
Thu 12th Feb – THE THIRD MAN
Tue 10th Mar – MR TURNER
Thu 12th Mar
Thu 9th Apr

2015 cont
Thu 14th May
Thu 11th Jun
Thu 9th Jul
Thu 13th Aug
Thu 10th Sept
Thu 8th Oct
Thu 22nd Oct
Thu 12th Nov
Thu 10th Dec


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Thursday 20th November 7.30pm

Belle

(2013) 104 mins Cert 12A
Contains brief sexual assault, discrimination theme

BelleBelle is a 2013 British drama film directed by Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay, and produced by Damian Jones. It stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Sam Reid, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton, and James Norton.

The film is inspired by the 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle beside her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray at Kenwood House, which was commissioned by their great-uncle, William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, then Lord Chief Justice of England. Very little is known about the life of Dido Belle, who was the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Mansfield’s nephew. She was born in the West Indies and entrusted to the care of Mansfield and his wife. The fictional film centres on Dido’s relationship as a young woman with an aspiring lawyer; it is set at a time of legal significance as a court case is heard on what became known as the Zong massacre, when slaves were thrown overboard from a slave ship and the owner filed with his insurance company for the losses. Lord Mansfield rules on this case in England’s Court of King’s Bench in 1786, in a decision seen to contribute to the abolition of slavery in Britain.

 

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Thursday 11th December 7.30pm

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)

(2006) 116 mins Cert 12A English, French & German with subtitles
Contains moderate battle violence, sex, & one use of strong language

Joyeux NoelWhen war breaks out in the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in its wake. Christmas arrives, with its snow and multitude of family and army presents. But the surprise won’t come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish, and German trenches. That night, a momentous event will turn the destinies of four characters: an Anglican priest, a French lieutenant, an exceptional German tenor and the one he loves, a soprano and singing partner. During this Christmas Eve, the unthinkable happens: soldiers come out of their trenches, leaving their rifles behind to shake hands with the enemy.

 

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Thursday 8th January 7.30pm

Chef

(2014) 114 mins Cert 15
Drama, Comedy — Strong language, moderate sex references

Cast includes Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman

Chef
Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.

 

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Thursday 12th February 7.30pm

The Third Man

Film Noir (1949) 104 mins Cert PG

Director Carol Reed
Cast includes Orson Welles, Alida Valli, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Joseph Cotton, Valli, Paul Hoerbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Erich Ponto, Siegfried Breuer, Hedwig Bleibtreu, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Geoffrey Keen

The Third ManPulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass.


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Tuesday 10th March 2.30pm

Mr Turner

(2014) 149 mins Cert 12A
Contains moderate sex, sex references

Showing in partnership with the King’s Lynn Festival. Tickets are available from Corn Exchange Box Office at £4, instead of £5, for members and their guests on production of the codeword which has been circulated.

Mr TurnerTwice before, first with ‘Topsy-Turvy’ and then with ‘Vera Drake’, Mike Leigh has punctuated his bittersweet studies of contemporary life with period dramas. Now, with ‘Mr Turner’, the British director of ‘Naked’ and ‘Secrets and Lies’ takes us back to the nineteenth century and the later years of the celebrated, groundbreaking, difficult painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). Sad and joyful, ‘Mr Turner’ offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience and digs deeply into a complicated, contradictory life.

Timothy Spall — a veteran of Leigh’s films — plays this eccentric, determined London bohemian like a bronchial, cantankerous, randy old toad with backache. He grunts and grimaces and gropes his way through life. He talks like a market trader after a crash course in the classics. Leigh, meanwhile, explores Turner’s life unburdened by any sense of purpose other than an intense, contagious fascination with this man, his work, his times and, increasingly, the inevitable, slow, irresistible trudge towards death.

We observe Turner’s fondness for his elderly father; his sexual relationship with his meek housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson); his rejection of his children and their mother; his arms-length acceptance by the lions of the Royal Academy; his late-life relationship with a Margate widow (Marion Bailey); and the mockery of the crowd when his work turns experimental. ‘Vile’ and a ‘yellow mess’ concludes Queen Victoria at an exhibition: the presence of royalty in a Mike Leigh film is just one of its many welcome surprises here. Mortality hangs heavily over ‘Mr Turner’, which covers roughly 25 years and is a poetic, brilliantly choreographed patchwork of moments and episodes. The film often has a wistful, regretful air, but alongside sadness sits great joy — there are moments of wicked humour.
Dave Calhoun

 

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