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Committee matters

6 January 2020 0

The agenda and minutes from the committee meeting on 28 January are now available on the site. They are to be found on the About CFS page.

Our next film

Hail Caesar!

26 February 2020 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 10 March at 19:45, is the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar! This hilarious satire on the Golden Days of Hollywood stars George Clooney as Baird Whitlock, lead man in a biblical epic, who finds himself kidnapped by a group of dedicated communist screenwriters. With other excellent performances by Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Scarlett Johansson, the film is part of our Red Alert! season of older [cont'd.]

Your reactions

Reactions to Border

26 February 2020 0

One of the lower appreciation scores of the season so far for Border, at 74.11 per cent. Some of your comments: “Truly astonishing:- believable, surprising and poignant. Excellent acting – I was totally sucked in!!” “An extraordinary film, courageous, dark, compelling and original. And disturbing as hell!” “Very unusual, but riveting from start to finish.” “Very interesting, opens your eyes out to other ways of looking at things.” “OMG that [cont'd.]

More reactions

Reactions to Imagine

19 February 2020 0

A warm welcome for Imagine and an appreciation score of 84.44 per cent. Some of your comments: “What a pity it didn’t get a UK distributor! Fascinating insight, and compelling drama.” “A very welcome change after the last few films – enjoyed the sunshine and light hearted moments….!!” “Sweet film, refreshing change but still with depth and insight. Lovely!” “Searching, interesting. A whole different perspective.” “I learned a lot. Just [cont'd.]

Reactions to Capernaüm

5 February 2020 0

Despite its harrowing storyline, there was almost universal praise for Capernaüm. Its appreciation score of 95.71 per cent is the third highest we have had in the last 25 years. The two above that were both comedies. Some of your comments: “Nearly 30 years a member. This was the most profound and affecting film I’ve seen. What a world we live in.” “Amazing! Probably the best movie since I’ve joined.” [cont'd.]

Reactions to Dr Strangelove

22 January 2020 0

A great deal of enthusiasm for our classic film, Dr Strangelove, and an excellent appreciation score of 87.3 per cent. Some of your comments: “The best this year – better than most films in the 56 years since! “A classic film. Glad I had the opportunity to see it.” “Stunning – so good to see it again. What a GREAT film! Thanks a million.” “Still chilling after all these years [cont'd.]

Film news

Kirk Douglas

7 February 2020 0

We say farewell to Kirk Douglas, great actor, last survivor of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and so much more.  Douglas, the son of Jewish immigrants to the US, grew up speaking Yiddish and had a tough early life. After being invalided out of the US Navy in 1944, he got radio work, then turned to stage drama, before making his film debut in 1946 in Hal B. Wallis’s The Strange Love [cont'd.]

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Film Festival

8 January 2020 0

Plans are advanced for the 2020 Cheltenham International Film Festival. It will include 30 or more films in six venues, spread over the six days of 25-30 May 2020. We will keep you informed of the details as they become available. In the meantime, your best bet is to keep an eye on the Festival’s website: The Festival is also looking for patrons. For their contribution, patrons receive a [cont'd.]

Charlton Kings programme announced

2 September 2019 0

Charlton Kings Film Society has announced its programme for 2019-20. The society is showing 18 films at Sacred Hearts Parish Hall, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, GL53 9AU. They include Bohemian Rhapsody, Stan & Ollie, The Angels’ Share, Fisherman’s Friends and Loving Vincent as well as several excellent films that we showed last year but which you may have missed. The films are shown on Friday evenings and tickets are £5 [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 550 strong.


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