First Films

We begin the new year and decade with some important firsts in cinema: promising debuts; first-time collaborators; and the first motions of major film movements. Featuring famous all-time greats and lesser-known masterpieces, we hope some of these are new to you.

Friday 10th January The Maltese Falcon (1941) 100 minutes – certificate PG – in English

Humphrey Bogart is Sam Spade, private detective, caught up in a plot with a mystery dame, double crosses, and corruptive greed, all over a priceless figurine. John Huston’s directorial debut was hugely influential for American film-noir.

Friday 17th January Drunken Angel (1948) 94 minutes – certificate PG – in Japanese with English subtitles

In the slums of Tokyo, a doctor treats a yakuza gangster, and they form a fiery friendship, driven by their hot tempers and codes of honour. Akira Kurosawa’s breakthrough film was his first with Toshiro Mifune, soon to be a screen superstar.

Friday 24th January The Spy in Black (1939) 78 minutes – certificate U – in English

During WW1, German submarine commander Conrad Veidt sneaks onto the Orkney Islands for a mission involving infiltration and double agents. Powell and Pressburger’s creative partnership started with this exciting and atmospheric thriller.

Friday 31st January Diamonds of the Night (1964) 67 minutes – certificate 12 – in Czech with English subtitles

Two teenage boys escape from Nazi transportation, and their tense journey and fight for survival are seen alongside flashbacks, dreams and visions. Blending realism with poetic filmmaking, this is a key work of the Czech New Wave.

Friday 7th February The 400 Blows (1959) 99 minutes – certificate PG – in French with English subtitles

A mischievous boy rebels against authority, his parents and teachers, as his behaviour escalates to petty crime. Francois Truffaut’s semi-autobiographical impression of childhood is one of the films that kicked off the French New Wave.

Friday 14th February

Ealing Music and Film Festival

University of West London, St Mary’s Road, W5 5RF

Brief Encounter (1945) 86 minutes – certificate PG – in English

David Lean’s film of Noel Coward’s play sees Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard meet at a railway station cafe, awaken feelings of passion, and be tempted to embrace romance, set to the Romantic strains of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Tommy (1975) 111 minutes – certificate 15 – in English

The Who’s rock opera about a boy who loses his senses, finds his natural talent as a pinball wizard, and founds a messianic cult. Ken Russell’s spectacular musical fantasy, with Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.

Friday 21st February Winter Kills (1979) 97 minutes – certificate 18 – in English

19 years after the assassination of a US President, his younger brother investigates, descending into paranoia and conspiracy. Jeff Bridges and John Huston are part of an all-star cast in what’s at once a political thriller, black comedy and outrageous satire.

Friday 28th February Red Sorghum (1987) 92 minutes – certificate 15 – in Mandarin with English subtitles

Married off to the elderly owner of a rural winery, a young woman takes control and turns it into a community collective, until the Sino-Japanese war invades their idyll. Arthouse director Zhang Yimou and star Gong Li are leading members of contemporary Chinese cinema.

There will be no screenings on
20th, 27th December or 3rd January.
We will be back on 10th January 2020.

Fridays 7:30pm
Ealing Green Church hall W5 5QT
Entry £7/£6 concessions – students £5 – members £6/£5 – membership £10 for a year
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