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Jazz at the Movies at the Playhouse

12 April 2018 0

Ticket sales are under way for our Jazz at the Movies event on Saturday 5 May at the Cheltenham Playhouse. If you are not a member of the film society, or you can’t get to our final two films, you can buy tickets from the Playhouse or its website: If you are a member, you can buy them at [cont'd.]

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Season’s end

21 March 2018 0

A reminder that our next film, A Man Called Ove, is the last of the season. It will be followed by wine & cheese. We are currently assembling the programme for next year. Details will be published here and circulated to members in June, at which point membership will reopen. Existing members will get priority.

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Our next film: A Man Called Ove

18 April 2018 0

Our final film of the season, on Tuesday 24 April at 7:45pm, is A Man Called Ove, a Swedish comedy about a cantankerous and despairing widower who rules his neighbourhood with an iron fist until the arrival of a young immigrant family forces him to change his ways. It stars the estimable Rolf Lassgård and is based on the best-selling book by [cont'd.]

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I’m All Right Jack

11 April 2018 0

Lots of British fun at Charlton Kings Film Society on Friday 20 April with a showing of I’m All Right Jack.  The Boulting Brothers’ comedy from 1959 stars Peter Sellers as Fred Kite, a bolshie trade unionist obstructing the plans of industrialist Terry-Thomas and his naive nephew Ian Carmichael, who has returned from war to start a career in business. Well [cont'd.]


Reactions to Graduation

18 April 2018 0

Some enthusiasm for Graduation, but many members found it overlong. It gained an appreciation score of 67.54 per cent. Here are some comments: “Lovely film. The cronyism, corruption of a developing country is well depicted. These are the moral and ethical dilemmas one faces living in such countries.” “Gentle corruption: a way of life. Understated: left much to be inferred.” [cont'd.]

Reactions to The Handmaiden

21 March 2018 0

A very warm response to The Handmaiden, which kept people rapt for 144 minutes despite the inadequacies of the Bacon’s seating and achieved an appreciation score of 84.33 per cent. There was only one D and no Es. Some comments: “Love really is ‘all you need’. Best film this season.” “Surprisingly entertaining, given child abuse, brutalised fingers and lots of [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.]

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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