Cinema Groups 1 & 2
The Groups meet at my home at fortnightly intervals on alternating second and fourth Fridays at 6.30 pm. At each session I give the chosen film a brief introduction outlining its significance, original context and, broadly, its place in the canon. At the end of the session we choose the film to be viewed next.
Choices are deliberately eclectic; something different each time, with the emphasis on popular cinema rather than arthouse films. We usually choose from a genre, looking for 'game-changers' (the films which broke new ground in plotting or production, or arose out the then existing Zeitgeist). Often we go for films which were overlooked or under-appreciated at the time. To illustrate the variety, last year's films were a mix of American and British, including "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp", " Moonstruck", "The Best Years of our Lives", "Laura", "Winchester 73" , "Gideon's Day" and "The Band Wagon ". Post viewing discussion ranges widely, often beyond the film shown to its historic and social context. Members' tastes vary so not every film is enjoyed by all, but our individual tastes are nevertheless respected. Meetings are at least as much social as educational.
Group 1 is currently full but we have space in Group 2.
We are very sorry to confirm that Peter Downing, the Leader has sadly passed; therefore the groups are suspended until further notice. Updates on the future will follow.