Something to put in your diaries. On Saturday 5 May, to mark the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, we are holding an event called Jazz at the Movies. This is a day of four jazz-related films at the Playhouse theatre in Bath Road. Tickets will be available on CFS nights or through the Playhouse box office. More details soon.
Our next film, on Tuesday 6 March at 19:45, is The Salesman, an Iranian film from 2016. A married couple, actors in Tehran, are preparing for a performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, when an intrusion into their temporary residence sends the husband down the path of revenge. A tense domestic drama from the brilliant Asghar Farhadi, director of A Separation.
The Market Theatre in Ledbury is holding an interesting event on Saturday 3 March. “A Day with Dietrich” includes a talk by Catherine Constable, professor of film studies at Warwick University, and a double bill of Marlene Dietrich’s films, Blonde Venus (1932) and Destry Rides Again (1939). The event costs £20. Tickets from 01531 634333.
Not too far from Cheltenham, the Borderlines Film Festival is now open for bookings. The event takes place in all sorts of venues in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Malvern and the Marches and features an adventurous programme of films old and new. It runs from Friday 23 February to Sunday 11 March. Among the highlights is an Ingmar Bergman retrospective, including The Seventh [cont'd.]
Charlton Kings Film Society has a new website and a new programme of films running through until May. Films will be show on Friday evenings at the Sacred Hearts Parish Hall in Moorend Road. It’s a solid programme, although several of the films will be familiar to anyone who has attended CFS in the last couple of seasons. Details from ckfilmsociety.org [cont'd.]
Lots of enthusiasm for Day For Night, the final film in our François Truffaut mini-season, and an appreciation score of 77.07 per cent. Some comments: “Best film of the year.” “Genuine insight, humour, subtle, engaging characters.” “Insightful and entertaining.” “Brilliant. Learned a lot and loved the humour/music.” “Enjoyable, lovely. Truffaut in his element.” “Most enjoyable. What prima donnas!” “Most enlightening and [cont'd.]
A slightly disappointing score of 72.09 per cent for Fahrenheit 451, but lots of enthusiasm in the comments. “A most imaginative film. Pleased that I had the opportunity to see it.” “Lovely film. Sixties chic but relevant today with fake news, press control, etc.” “Quirky, amusing, food for thought. But optimistic!” “Completely original.” “Loved it!” “An old favourite.” “Memorable despite the [cont'd.]
An excellent score of 84.39 per cent for The 400 Blows, the first in our three-film Truffaut season. Some comments: “Brilliant! Best CFS film for a long time. A masterpiece.” “Wonderful. Best film ever.” “What a treat!” “Not seen before – very glad I have now. Thank you!” “I thought it was fascinating and felt so sorry for the boy.” “Good [cont'd.]
Sharply divided opinions led to an appreciation score of 71.6 per cent for the extraordinary Tale of Tales. Some thoughts: “Weird, fantastical, beautiful… lots to think about and god knows what I’ll dream tonight!” “Very Grimm, very magical. Loved it.” “Excellent. Cinema as fairy story – and why not?” “Brilliant. Makes you realise how mad folk tales are..” “Visually very exciting. [cont'd.]