Classic Cinema Club - April

Saluting the outsiders and eccentrics of the world

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Ealing Classic Cinema Club salute some of cinema's misfits, oddballs, eccentrics and strangers through films featuring characters who are marginalised from the mainstream and who live on the borders of society.

Watch what happens when an individual enters a different domain, or how a community opens or closes itself to a newcomer, in stories that see the status quo react to upheaval and subversion.


Friday 8th April: Boudu Saved From Drowning
1932      82 minutes

directed by Jean Renoir
starring Michel Simon

A Parisian bookseller saves the life of a homeless vagrant and hosts him in his household, but he is unprepared for the disruption and disaster his gruff guest will wreak on his well-ordered existence. In this comedy of manners from the director of La Regle du Jeu, one good turn deserves another annoyance.


Friday 15th April:  Yojimbo   
1961 110 minutes

directed by Akira Kurosawa
starring Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

A Japanese ronin - a samurai free from a master - comes to a village torn apart by two warring factions, and offers his services as a bodyguard, though his motives and loyalties remain unclear. Itself inspired by the Hollywood crime genre, the cutting edge action, sharp humour and memorable antihero made it another influential hit for the director of Rashomon, and its plot was remodeled into Spaghetti Westerns. Winner of Best Actor awards at the Venice Film Festival and in Japan.

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Friday 22nd April: Babette’s Feast

1987 102 minutes
directed by Gabriel Axel
starring Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Bibi Andersson

The followers of a religious sect in Denmark live by devout austerity and shun physical pleasures. When two elderly sisters grant refuge to a French chef, her culinary talents challenge their tenets while bringing rich flavour to their lives. Based on the story by Isak Dinesen, aka Karen Blixen, its cast is topped with legends of Scandinavian cinema. Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and others, Best Actress honours, and a Special Mention prize at the Cannes film festival.

Friday 29th April: Charulata (The Lonely Wife)

1964 117 minutes
directed by Satyajit Ray
starring Madhabi Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee

A woman lives within the confines of her manor estate in Bengal and spies on the exterior world through opera glasses. Sensing her boredom and solitude, her husband invites his relative to keep her company, but their bond deepens and troubles them. Based on a novella by Rabindranath Tagore, it was the director's personal favourite of his own films. Winner of two prizes at the Berlin film festival, including Best Director.

Receive a discount when attending screenings and also know you are helping to support an all volunteer film society in your local community. Also members get a discount of 20% at Kerbisher and Malt here in Ealing. Right across from the Ealing Town Hall.

You can now purchase memberships online on their website.

Please support Pitshanger  Pictures, your neighbourhood cinema in Pitshanger. They always have an amazing schedule of films and events and even food! And more importantly they help keep the film and cinematic spirit alive in our great community. 

All films are shown at Ealing Town Hall on Fridays at 7:30pm followed by a discussion about the film.


6th April 2016

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