We turn to films that refuse to tell the story straight, with non-linear narratives, scenes out of sequence, and jumps in time. Memories can falter, and perspectives will vary, making for riveting storytelling. Acclaimed art films and popular genre pictures from several of the most important figures in cinema history, these are welcome blasts from the past.
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,
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
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,
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
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