A warm response to The Phantom of the Opera, and especially Minima’s music. The overall score was 80.32 per cent. There was some concern that the music was too loud and we will bear that in mind for next time. Some comments: “Brilliant music again – get them back next year?” “Delighted that you occasionally show these silent movies, and much [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 7 November at 7.45pm, is Behemoth. This is a visually stunning documentary about the human and environmental cost of China’s massive industrialisation in recent years. It takes you to a mine, a steel works, a hospital and a “ghost city” that has never been occupied. A few snippets from Dante’s Inferno serve as commentary.
Our next film, on Tuesday 24 October at 19:45, is a special event. The Phantom of the Opera will be accompanied by live music from the group Minima, who last year gave us their version of Hitchcock’s The Lodger. The Phantom of the Opera has been made and remade several times in film history. This is the 1925 silent version with Lon Chaney in the [cont'd.]
An amazing appreciation rating of 94.97 per cent for Tangerines, making it our highest-scoring film since 2013. Some comments: “A slow burner but worth waiting for the end.” “Fantastic, beautiful film beginning to end. Wonderful characters; understated acting.” “A simple story so beautifully told.” “Great film, tender yet poignant – well shot.” “Great anti-war film.” “Realism prevailed (unfortunately) but decency almost made [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 10 October at 19:45, is Tangerines. Estonian families have lived in Georgia for more than 100 years, but in the 1990s fighting between Georgians and Abkhaz separatists mostly drove them out. Two men, Ivo and Marcus, stay on to gather the tangerine harvest, but a bloody skirmish in the village forces Ivo to take in [cont'd.]