Classic Cinema Club in June
Town and Country Season continues with Aguirre, Wrath of God
Friday 23rd June
In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadores lead an expedition to discover El Dorado, taking South American natives as slaves. With a greed for gold and lust for power, Don Lope de Aguirre wrests control of the crew, and takes them on an obsessive and increasingly deadly voyage through the rainforest and down the river, as he descends into madness. Filmed in turbulent circumstances in Peru by the intrepid and unflappable director, whose films and documentaries have taken him to the ends of the Earth.
Nominations for best film and best performance, and winner of best cinematography at the German Film Awards, and from US critics, and also given the best foreign film prize from French critics, and the Grand Prix from Belgian critics.
Friday 30th June
A young couple reaches a crucial crisis in their marriage, and getting away to the big city gives them an evening of heady pleasures, leaving them and the audience wonderstruck by a funfair and dancehall, evoked through some of the most impressive camera tricks and expressionist photography of the era. This sensuous and spectacular melodrama was shot by forests, lakes and rivers in California and Oregon, as well as huge studio sets. It was voted the 5th greatest film of all time in Sight and Sound’s 2012 poll. Winner of best cinematography, best actress and Best Picture – Unique and Artistic Production at the first Academy Awards. Showing with the original Movietone soundtrack, with a synchronized musical score and sound effects.
Films are shown at Ealing Town Hall on Fridays at 7:30pm followed by a discussion about the film.
June 21, 2017