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.]
Our next film, on Tuesday February 13 at 19:45, is Fahrenheit 451, the second in our François Truffaut mini-season. Based on a best-selling science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 was Truffaut’s first film in colour and his only film in English. It stars Oskar Werner and Julie Christie and is an intriguing and little-seen film.
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.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 23 January at 19:45, is The 400 Blows by François Truffaut, the first in our CFS Extra mini-season of three films devoted to the director. Released in 1959 as Les quatre cents coups, better translated as ‘Mischief’, it marked the beginning of the French New Wave as well as the start of Truffaut’s remarkable career. The film is a [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.]