This Week!

February 15
part of the
Ealing Music and Film Festival

Screening at the
University of West London
Weston Hall
St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RF


Showing as part of the Ealing Music and Film Festival.
Tickets available
here:  https://www.ealingmusicandfilmfestival.org/boxoffice

The iconic Pete Townshend and Franc Roddam film
A musical tribute to Mods and Rockers

Quadrophenia   1979
certificate 15   120 minutes   in English
Directed by Franc Roddam
Music by The Who
Starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett, Ray Winstone, Toyah Willcox, Sting

In 1960s London, Jimmy hates his job, can’t stand his parents, and escapes by throwing himself into the youth culture of the Mods: dressing sharp, riding scooters and finding parties. A trip to Brighton comes to a head in an almighty clash with their rival clique, the Rockers. But his exhilaration must come down, and his attempts to avoid dead-end drudgery are dashed by disappointment and disillusionment. With music from The Who’s rock opera, R&B on the soundtrack, and filmed on locations including Acton.

Tickets available here:

The Trailer
The Making of Quadrophenia-Part 1

the rest of the February listings follow but first here are the titles March and April. Full details to follow.

our March-April theme will be

Friday 1st March 
Heaven Can Wait 1943
112 minutes certificate U in English
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Starring Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, Louis Calhern,
Laird Cregar

A playboy cad recounts his life and misdeeds at the gates of Hades, so His Excellency can judge where he will spend the afterlife. Hollywood comedy with the Lubitsch touch.


Friday 8th March
The German Sisters 1981
107 minutes certificate 15 in German with English subtitles
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
Starring Jutta Lampe, Barbara Sukowa, Rudiger Vogler

Two sisters in West Germany take different routes in their personal and political lives, one as a feminist journalist, the other as a revolutionary activist. A key work of New German Cinema.

Friday 15th March
Ivan’s Childhood 1962
95 minutes certificate 12A in Russian with English subtitles
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov, Valentina Malyavina

A young boy assists Soviet soldiers against Nazi forces, his missions mixed with memories and dream sequences. A poetic, powerful portrayal of innocence interrupted by war.


Friday 22nd March
Vagabond 1985
106 minutes certificate 15 in French with English subtitles
Directed by Agnes Varda
Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Yolande Moreau, Macha Meril, Stephane Freiss

The journey of a rootless drifter are recalled by those she encountered, hitchhiked and stayed with in a challenging character study.


Friday 29th March
Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948
87 minutes certificate U in English
Directed by Max Ophuls
Starring Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan

A concert pianist reads a message from a woman he met many times but cannot remember. Obsessive love and tragic romance in a Hollywood vision of Vienna.


Friday 5th April
The Bride Wore Black 1968
107 minutes certificate 12 in French with English subtitles
Directed by Francois Truffaut
Starring Jeanne Moreau, Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy, Charles Denner, Claude Rich, Michel Lonsdale, Alexandra Stewart

A woman wreaks revenge on five men she blames for the incident that befell her ill-fated wedding. A stylish mystery with ironic twists and suspense.


Friday 12th April
The Thief of Bagdad 1940
106 minutes certificate U in English
Produced by Alexander Korda
Directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, Tim Whelan
Starring Sabu, Conrad Veidt, John Justin, June Duprez, Rex Ingram, Miles Malleson,
Mary Morris

Terrific Technicolour and spectacular special effects bring to life stories from the Arabian Nights, for a fantasy with an evil vizier, a beautiful princess, a djinn in a bottle and a flying carpet.

Friday 19th April
No screening – Bank Holiday (no that’s not a film title)

Friday 26th April
this one is yet to be determined

All screenings Fridays 7.30pm
Ealing Town Hall W5 2BY
Email classiccinemaclub@outlook.com for information.

January and February 2019
Happy Families

These stories relate sibling rivalry, marital strife, and kinship between parents and their offspring. Some are seen from a child’s eye view; several are period dramas looking at generations over time; others describe dysfunctional dynasties. All are acclaimed and popular films, by various American and European masters, from both classic and contemporary cinema.


Friday 11th January   
The Dead   1987
certificate U   80 minutes   in English
Directed by John Huston
Starring Angelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll, Cathleen Delany, Ingrid Craigie, Colm Meaney, Dan O’Herlihy, Frank Patterson

In 1904 Dublin, two sisters host an Epiphany party, with dinner, dancing, music and merriment. Among the guests are a married couple, who end the night touched by a long-lost memory, which moves them to a moment of deep reflection. Hollywood legend John Huston, an Irish citizen, brought life to James Joyce’s short story in his final film. “A vast, merry, and uncommon tale of love,” with an ensemble of characters played by “one of the finest casts ever assembled.”

Winner of prizes for best film and best director from several critics groups internationally.
Nominated for Academy Awards for best writing and costume design.
Chosen by critic Roger Ebert as one of his ‘great movies’.

Friday 18th January
The Magnificent Ambersons   1942
certificate U   88 minutes   in English
Directed by Orson Welles
Starring Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, Anne Baxter

As the twentieth century creeps into the American Midwest, one high society family is the envy and the talk of the town. They live through broken engagements, lovelorn jealousy, and a spoiled spiteful son. While they cling to stubborn tradition, modern progress brings a reversal of fortunes. For his next film after ‘Citizen Kane’, Orson Welles adapted the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Booth Tarkington. The saga is grandly staged using his usual stunning play with framing and dialogue. “The Magnificent Ambersons is still masterly. It’s the movie that all other films about families in decline are measured against.”

Winner of several acting awards from New York critics organizations.
Nominated for Academy Awards for best picture, acting, cinematography and art direction.
Sight and Sound polls have voted it among the greatest films of all time.

Friday 25th January
El Sur – The South   1983
certificate PG   95 minutes   in Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Victor Erice
Starring Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Iciar Bollain, Lola Cardona, Aurore Clement

A young girl living in the north of Spain is fascinated by the mythology of the south, where her secretive father spent his enigmatic past. A decade after ‘The Spirit of the Beehive’, the director used a novella by Adelaida Garcia Morales to again mirror personal feelings as a metaphor for the nation’s recent history. Praised as “exquisitely beautiful, profoundly moving,” “it’s a haunting, delicate portrait of childhood, with a father who oozes mystery.”

Winner of awards for best film and best director from critics and media in Spain.
In a poll by El Mundo newspaper, it was voted one of the best films in Spanish cinema history.


Friday 1st February
My Life as a Dog – Mitt liv som hund   1985
certificate PG   102 minutes   in Swedish with English subtitles
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Starring Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Bromssen, Anki Liden, Melinda Kinnaman

In 1950s Sweden, two brothers relentlessly squabble, fight and prank each other. When their mother becomes ill, they are separated and sent to live with different relatives. Ingemar spends a summer with his uncle in a rural town populated by eccentric oddballs. But it could be worse; at least he’s not Laika, the dog launched into space. “A coming-of-age story with uncommon depth and sensitivity, My Life as a Dog is sweet, sincere, and utterly charming.” Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Reidar Jonsson, this quirky and funny film was a breakout hit.

Winner of prizes for best film and actor from the Swedish Film Institute, awards for its child actors and accolades as a family film, and numerous awards for best foreign language film.
Nominated for Academy Awards for best director and writing.


Friday 8th February
Three Monkeys – Üç Maymun   2008
certificate 15   105 minutes   in Turkish with English subtitles
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Ercan Kesal

With his family scarcely communicating and struggling financially, a man agrees to take the blame for an accident caused by his wealthy boss. But money only pulls them down further into deception, suspicion and corruption, in a modern parable about power and exploitation. From one of Turkey’s premier arthouse filmmakers, his startling blend of striking shots and immersive sound stir a tense atmosphere for this slow-burning, highly-charged psychological thriller.

Winner of best director, actress, supporting actor and editing awards from Turkish critics.
Winner of top prizes for best film, actress and director at Festivals of Asian and Arab Cinema, Cannes and others, and a special award for cinematography.


Friday 15th February
Quadrophenia   1979
See the entry at the top of this page

Friday 22nd February 
A Day in the Country – Partie de campagne   1936
certificate PG   39 minutes   in French with English subtitles
Directed by Jean Renoir
Starring Sylvia Bataille, Georges D’Arnoux, Jane Marken, Andre Gabriello, Jacques B. Brunius

In the Belle Epoque era, a Parisian family spends a summer afternoon in the countryside, where they meet locals at an inn, go boating and fishing, and romance blossoms. Years later, they come across the same idyllic spot again. Based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, Jean Renoir filmed this during the artistic period of poetic realism, before he made ‘La Grande Illusion’ and ‘The Rules of the Game’. Lauded as a lyrical tribute to nature, “a joyous celebration of life, love, and the human condition,” and “witty and sensuous, it’s pure magic.”

Sight and Sound polls have voted it among the greatest films of all time.

Special Note
Tonight we will also have a meet the filmmaker event, showing short films
by the amazing Louis Holder.