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Spring Season 1995

Tuesday 11th April at 8pm
The Scent of Green Papaya [Mùi du du xanh]     France 1993  |  100 mins  |  U
In 1951 a young peasant girl comes to Saigon to serve in the household of a bourgeois family, where the influence of the West and changing times are causing old conventions to crack. A sensuous, evocative and politically ambivalent film whose main focus of attention is, as described by the director, “the problem of servitude”, notably how it affects Vietnamese women. Photography and art direction are vivid and atmospheric throughout. “A lyrical portrait of the human spirit at work and in love.” (Time Out)

Tuesday 25th April at 8pm
Three Colours: Red [Trois couleurs: Rouge]     France/Switzerland/Poland 1994  |  96 mins  |  15
The third film in Krzysztof Kieslowskiʼs Three Colours trilogy (preceded by Blue and White) focuses primarily on a young modelʼs encounter with a solitary and bitter retired judge whose dog she has run over, using this meeting to examine aspects of destiny and chance, solitude and communication, cynicism and faith, doubt and desire. “Stunningly beautiful, powerfully scored, and immaculately performed, the film is virtually flawless, and one of the very greatest cinematic achievements of the last few decades.” (Geoff Andrew - Time Out)

Tuesday 9th May at 8pm
Brief Encounter     UK 1945  |  85 mins
To mark V.E. day we are showing David Leanʼs classic forties romance, which tells the story of two ordinary strangers, both married, whose lives are dramatically affected when they unexpectedly fall in love. Adapted by Noel Coward from his one-act play Still Life, this is the middle-class love story par excellence, splendidly photographed and performed, and making memorable use of Rachmaninoffʼs Second Piano Concerto. “An outstanding example of good middle-class cinema turned by sheer professionalism into a masterpiece.” (Halliwellʼs Film Guide)

Tuesday 11th April at 8pm
Belle Epoque     Spain 1993  |  108 mins  |  15
In provincial Spain in 1931, shortly before the civil war, a young deserter from the royalist army is sheltered by an elderly artist and subsequently seduced by the manʼs four beautiful daughters. Beautifully photographed by Pedro Almodóvar regular José Luis Alcaine, this delightful, splendidly performed and good humoured period piece has proved a popular and critical success, both here and in its native Spain, and has become one of the biggest-grossing Spanish films of all time. “Despite the conventional farce structure, itʼs never quite the straight male fantasy you might imagine — and all the women are marvellous.” (Time Out)

Tuesday 6th June at 8pm
The Tin Drum [Die Blechtrommel]     Germany / France 1979  |  142 mins  |  15
Schlöndorffʼs adaptation of the Günter Grass novel about a boy who through sheer will-power refuses to ever grow up, was rapturously received on its original release and is now available in a new print for re-appraisal. A memorable allegorical work, sometimes disturbing but laced with black humour, it was the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1979. “Beautiful to look at, but shot with a cruel and unerring eye, it gives no quarter to the German people for their complicity in events, and in turn disgusts, amazes and frightens.” (Owain Yolland - Empire)

Tuesday 20th June at 8pm
Oliver Twist     UK 1948  |  105 mins
To mark Broadstairs Dickens Week we are showing our second David Lean film of this season, his perhaps definitive adaptation of one of Dickensʼ most famous works, fabulously filmed and delightfully performed by an outstanding cast, including Robert Newton as the sinister Bill Sykes, Anthony Newly as the Artful Dodger and, most memorably, Alec Guinness as the arch-villain Fagin.“Beautiful to look at and memorably played, with every scene achieving the perfect maximum impact.” (Halliwellʼs Film Guide)