Films normally start at 7.30pm in The Guildhall of St George, King Street. Members and their guests can sign in from approx 7pm.
Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary
▓ 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.
▓ Friday 28th October — THE LODGER
Thursday 10th November — SUNSET SONG
▓ Tuesday 22nd November — PASSPORT TO PIMLICO
Wednesday 23rd November — THE FINAL REEL
Thursday 8th December — THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH
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 tbc
Thursday 13th April — HELL OR HIGH WATER tbc
Thursday 27th April — ADULT LIFE SKILLS tbc
tbc — To Be Confirmed
7.30pm — THE LODGER
Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics – (1927) – 92 mins – Cert PG
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast includes: Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, June, Malcolm Keen, Ivor Novello, Alfred Hitchcock, Helena Pick
There will be an introductory talk by Sue Burge.
Silent film with live accompaniment by Stephen Horne
A serial killer known as “The Avenger” is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr and Mrs Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting’s daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger.
Alfred Hitchcock’s cameo as an extra came by accident when he didn’t have enough people for extras in a scene, he decided to help by appearing in the scene himself. As a result, he decided to turn his appearance into one of his trademarks with him performing silent walk-on bits in most of his later films appearing as uncredited extras.
For the opening of the film, Alfred Hitchcock wanted to show the Avenger’s murder victim being dragged out of the Thames River at night with the Charing Cross Bridge in the background. But Scotland Yard refused his request to film at the bridge. Hitchcock repeated his request several times, until Scotland Yard notified him that they would “look the other way” if he could do the filming in one night. Hitchcock quickly sent his cameras and actors out to Charing Cross Bridge to film the scene. But when the rushes came back from the developers, the scene at the bridge was nowhere to be found. Hitchcock and his assistants searched through the prints, but could not find it. Finally, Hitchcock discovered that his cameraman had forgotten to put the lens on the camera before filming the night scene.
For the opening scene, where the Avenger’s murder victim faces the camera and screams, Alfred Hitchcock filmed the scene by having the actress lie down on a large sheet of glass, with her golden hair spread out around her head. He then lit the actress from underneath the sheet of glass, and filmed her with a camera mounted on its side, with the lens pointed at a downward angle. This gave the appearance that the actress’s hair (with its golden curls, so important to the murderer) was ringed in a halo of light.
6.00pm — Pre-Film Meal at the Riverside see Events page for details
7.30pm — SUNSET SONG
Drama – (2015) – 133 mins – Cert 15
Strong implied sex, scene of sexual violence
Director: Terence Davies
Cast includes: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie, Jack Greenlees, Ian Pirie, Hugh Ross, Douglas Rankine, Niall Greig Fulton, Jamie Michie, Jim Sweeney, Trish Mullin
Sunset Song is Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman’s endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain’s greatest living auteur. The film takes place during the early years of the twentieth century, with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today. Set in a rural community, Sunset Song is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan and for the unforgiving land. The First World War reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet in a final moment of grace, Chris endures, now a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future. Sunset Song is at once epic in emotional scale and deeply romantic at its core, given power by Terence Davies’ unflinching poetic realism
Further trivia — the piper also took part in the BBC adaptation of Sunset Song (1971) as a young boy as an extra in one of the Arbuthnott Church scenes.
2.00pm — PASSPORT TO PIMLICO
Comedy – (1949) – 84 mins – Cert U
Director: Henry Cornelius
Cast includes Stanley Holloway, Margaret Rutherford, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Hermione Baddeley, John Slater
Passport to Pimlico is one of the most charmingly whimsical Ealing Studios comedies of the late 1940s-early 1950s. As a result of wartime bombing, an ancient parchment is uncovered, proving that the Pimlico section of London belongs to Burgundy, France. Long taken for granted by other Londoners, the tiny Pimlico populace decides to take advantage of its “foreign” status.
The original negatives of this and other Ealing comedies were lost in the Henderson’s Film Laboratories fire in 1993.
At the start of the film a radio announcement mentions Latin music performed by “Les Norman and his Bethnal Green Bambinos”. This is an in-joke referring to Ealing producer Leslie Norman. Bethnal Green was an unattractive area in the East End of London.
A placard can be seen that says “Forget that Cripps feeling”: this refers to Stafford Cripps, who was at the time Chancellor of the Exchequer.
7.30pm — THE FINAL REEL
The Story of our Love Affair with Cinemas
Director: Jonathan Blagrove
Narrated by John Hurt
This feature length documentary tells the fascinating story of how cinemas and cinema-going have developed and flourished over the years — even in some of the most rural parts of England. Along the way we will meet some of the colourful characters that are a key part of this narrative and hear the tales of how they kept the audience coming back. For many people their local cinema is their favourite place in the world, their second home, and their last community space. The Final Reel is a film that celebrates local cinemas — past and present — and our timeless obsession with the buildings, films, film stars and the people that spend their lives in-thrall of them. The Final Reel features a mix of actuality, interviews and archive material and offers an entertaining overview of the history of cinema-going in Norfolk and a snapshot of cinema-going in England today. It also asks the question; Is this the Final Reel in the story of cinema or just another chapter in its continuing?
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 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
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.
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
Beautiful 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.
Sunday 29thJanuary 2017 3pm
2.00pm — 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
Princess 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.
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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