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Please note our films can contain scenes of violence, sexual content, drug use and swearing.
We recommend adult audiences but younger viewers may be accompanied by an adult.
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An extended series looking at the people in front of the camera, pictured in posters, and then shone onto screens, focusing on the favoured few that make it big. What about them attracts an audience to turn out for their movies, and demand to see more? Whether it's personality, beauty, or just great talent, we hope these actors gain some new fans at our showings.
Friday 4th November
Yield to the Night
1956 96 minutes 15
directed by J. Lee Thompson
starring Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig

Mary Price Hilton waits in prison, spending her time under constant supervision from warders, spurning her family during visits, and contemplating what shaped her life and led her there. Previously primarily known for sex comedies and tabloid scandals, Britain's blonde bombshell is shown in full glamour mode in flashbacks, and then stuns in a stripped-down and powerful portrayal, delving deep into her character. This social issues film inspects the interior of her mind as well as her cell.
Nominated for the BAFTA awards for Best British Film, Best British Screenplay, and Best Film.

Friday 11th November
The Graduate
1967 101 minutes 15
directed by Mike Nichols
starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross,
Murray Hamilton

Benjamin Braddock completes college and returns to his family home, but finds himself aimless and adrift. At a loss over what to do, he ends up getting trapped in age gaps and intimate over-involvement with his parents, their married couple friends, and their daughter - situations unimproved by his own awkward fretting.
The social satire that captured an era and defined a generation was a smash hit at the box office, and still features some of the most iconic images, dialogue and moments in American cinema, along with the essential Simon & Garfunkel soundtrack. Very near the start of his appearances on film, Hoffman was catapulted to the league of unconventional leading men in an exciting new Hollywood.
The film and its cast scored many nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Writing, received Best Director at the Academy Awards, wins from the Directors and Writers Guilds, BAFTAs and Golden Globes for Most Promising Newcomers, and the Grammy for Best Original Score.

Friday 18th November
The Scarlet Empress
1934 104 minutes 12
directed by Josef von Sternberg
starring Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser

A young Prussian princess is taken to Moscow to be married to the unstable and child-like Grand Duke, but she soon sheds her innocence and any illusions of a happy union. Amid the power plays, political plots, and the sadism, seduction and erotic excess of the imperial court, she secures her rise as ruler of Russia, to be known as Catherine the Great.
Very loosely based on her diary, this spectacle bears little resemblance to historical fact or even to any sense of reality; the overflowing mise-en-scène, expressionist set design, and meticulous control of lighting creates a heady atmosphere. The actress is forever at the centre of the director's voluptuous vision, and he formed a series of star vehicles around her that enhanced her screen presence and public persona - his fetish and fixation for her founding the lasting legend and mystique of Marlene.
Named among the Top Foreign Films by the National Board of Review USA.

Friday 25th November
Raise the Red Lantern
1991 125 minutes PG
directed by Zhang Yimou
starring Gong Li, Saifei He, Cuifen Cao, Shuyuan Jin, Lin Kong

19-year-old Songlian becomes the newest concubine to a wealthy master, taking residence in his palace compound with the servants and three other mistresses. She must learn how to comport herself and manoeuvre her way above them to earn his favour, in a cautionary tale about survival, ambition, ritual tradition and authority.
Renowned for the elaborate visuals in its setting, costumes and colour scheme, this was a key opus in the resurgence of Chinese cinema, and remains a masterpiece of art film. The director and his muse's collaborations explore recent history and women's positions in it. She has also worked with other major auteurs and established herself as the recognisable face of her nation's filmmaking.
From the director of 'The Story of Qiu Ju', 'Not One Less', 'Hero' and 'House of Flying Daggers'.
Winner of a dozen awards for Best Foreign Film from BAFTA, many critics associations, 2 prizes for Best Cinematography, 3 prizes at the Venice Film Festival including the Silver Lion, and China's Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Film and Best Actress.

Friday 2nd December
Carmen Jones
1954 105 minutes U
directed by Otto Preminger
starring Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Joe Adams, Diahann Carroll

A passionate, fiery woman can get whatever and whomever she wants, driving men wild with desire, but insists on her lifestyle of freedom and independence. The timeless opera's characters have been relocated to the USA, promoting an all-black cast, with the libretto's lyrics rewritten by Oscar Hammerstein II while Bizet's glorious score is occasionally given a different flair. Shot in vibrant Technicolor, it's vividly and musically thrilling at times, and through her sensational sexy turn as the enduring Carmen, Dandridge was the first black woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a milestone achievement.
She also got a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign Actress, while the film was nominated by BAFTA for Best Film, and Best Music at the Academy Awards, and won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. Winner of the Bronze Bear at Berlin and the Grand Prize at Locarno International Film Festivals.
Showing in celebration of the Black Star season.

Friday 9th December
Paths of Glory
1957 88 minutes PG
directed by Stanley Kubrick
starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

In the fierce fray of a disastrous campaign during World War I, three French soldiers refuse to charge towards certain death, so face a court martial, accused of cowardice. Their colonel battles to defend them against the inhumanity of military generals, giving orders in comfort and safety far from the trenches.
Considered one of the best anti-war films, a theme Kubrick would return to throughout his career, this was made by Kirk Douglas's production company, and the director and actor would work together one more time, again casting him as a just and righteous man, a heroic figure as seen in many of his Hollywood roles.
Nominated for the BAFTA award for Best Film, and a success with European critics associations, winning the Grand Prix from Belgium, and Best Foreign Director from Italy and Finland.
Showing on Kirk Douglas's 100th birthday.

Friday 16th December
Jour de Fete
1949 79 minutes PG
directed by Jacques Tati
starring Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble, Paul Frankeur

A sociable but clumsy mailman does his rounds on his remarkable bicycle, as the usually tranquil village prepares for annual celebrations and the arrival of a travelling funfair and cinema, which just happens to screen a newsreel boasting of the ultra-efficient US postal service.
Before Tati embodied the more familiar Monsieur Hulot, he had great popularity with this letter carrier character. His first feature film sets up qualities consistent in his comedy career, including his interest in technology, modernisation and globalisation, use of slapstick sight gags and smart sound effects, and the conception, creation and choreography of a space peopled by loveable eccentrics.
Winner of Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.
Showing in its colour version, as originally intended by Tati.

We will be closed for the Christmas season
on December 23rd and 30th
returning on Friday January 6, 2017

We will be closed for Christmas on December 23rd and 30th returning on Friday January 6, 2017
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We will be closed for Christmas on December 23rd and 30th returning on Friday January 6, 2017