|Now with improved sound quality|
Spring Season 2020
Showings are at 7.30pm on Fridays, and the entrance is £3. All are welcome, there are choc-ices on sale, and it may be sensible to bring a cushion, particularly if the film is a long one.
Gregory’s Girl (1 hour 31 minutes)
Bill Forsyth’s sweet and charming first feature, starring a then-unknown John Gordon-Sinclair and filmed on a shoestring in and around a Cumbernauld secondary school. It is the story of a gawky teenager and his unrequited love for the female star of his school’s football team. Luckily he has his 10-year-older sister to turn to for relationship counselling.
The Apartment (2hrs 5 mins)
Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 comedy starring Jack Lemon as CC Baxter, the clerk of an insurance company who lends out his apartment to the executives to carry out their extramarital affairs. Complications come when Baxter himself falls in love. Alongside the moments of farce there is a moving poignancy and Jack Lemon’s performance is wonderful.
Jean de Florette (2 hrs. French with subtitles)
Another poignant tragicomedy, this time focussing on village life. Jean de Florette is the naïve and idealistic incomer into a southern French village who wants to make a living breeding rabbits. However a greedy landowner and his backward nephew have blocked up his property’s only water source, and while apparently befriending Jean they are actually waiting for his project to fail so that he will sell up and leave.
A Rather English Marriage (1 hr 44 mins)
A recommendation, that I have yet to watch myself. Based on an Angela Lambert novel, it stars Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney as two very different widowers who move in together. They become a companionable, if odd, couple until their unlikely friendship is threatened by the arrival of an alluring woman with a hidden agenda.
Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb (1 hr 43 mins)
An anarchic satire with Peter Sellers in four roles and George C Scott as the frankly insane General Buck Turgidson. A US general triggers a nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of big cheeses can’t seem to stop.