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Jazz and The Handmaiden

14 March 2018 0

A quick reminder that The Handmaiden next week (20 March) is an 18 Certificate film, on account of its sexual content and violence, though frankly there’s nothing there you wouldn’t see on one of your TV box-sets. More to the point, it’s brilliant. Meanwhile, sales have started for our Jazz at the Movies event on on Saturday 5 May at [cont'd.]

Coming Soon

Our next film: The Handmaiden

14 March 2018 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 20 March, is Chan-Wook Park’s 2016 epic The Handmaiden. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, though adapted from a novel about Victorian Britain, this historical thriller is beautiful, ingenious and gripping. It was last year’s highest-grossing subtitled film in Britain and this year won the BAFTA for best foreign film. It is also suffused with eroticism [cont'd.]

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New season for CKFS

24 October 2017 0

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 [cont'd.]


Reactions to Clash

14 March 2018 0

Polarised opinions about Mohamed Diab’s intense and claustrophobic Clash last night, but still a strong score of 73.89 per cent. It was not an easy film to watch, and some people hated the constantly moving camera, but most appreciated the skill of the film-making and the relevance of the subject-matter. Some comments: “Genuinely unique film-making. Brutal, gut-wrenching, with beautiful moments of [cont'd.]

Reactions to The Salesman

7 March 2018 0

A strong score of 83.42 per cent for Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman. Some comments: “Another excellent film. Well chosen!” “Riveting, uncompromising and very cruel. A compelling watch!” “Acting superb. Direction superb. Cinematography superb. Well worth the Oscar.” “Brilliant. As was his last film. Great director!” “Extraordinary storyteller. Great actors.” “Refreshing change, not being able to guess who did it until the [cont'd.]

Reactions to Day For Night

21 February 2018 0

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.]

Reactions to Fahrenheit 451

14 February 2018 0

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.]

About CFS

CFS is Cheltenham’s membership film society. We show mostly subtitled and independent films between September and April at the Bacon Theatre in Dean Close School, Cheltenham. Admission is by annual membership subscription, but members may bring guests. The society is more than 70 years old and currently more than 500 strong.


Cheltenham Film Society can be contacted by email ( or telephone (07528 746750). We are also on Facebook and Twitter.


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