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Who’s in itGene Kelly, Lesley Caron. Directed by Vincent Minnelli.
What’s it aboutAmerican G.I. Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after the war to become a painter. There he falls in love with Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron), only to discover that she is engaged to his friend Henri Baurel (Georges Guetary).
The show includes wonderful music and songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Embraceable You'. It's no wonder that the film went on to win six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Run time:- 108 minutes
Guardian's 4-star reviewLes Misérables tells the story of Valjean, a proud and decent man imprisoned for stealing bread to save his sister's family from starving. Once released, he is viciously pursued by police officer Javert for breaking the terms of his parole, but makes a Hardyesque career leap into respectability, becoming a mayor and factory owner.
His path crosses that of his poor employee Fantine whose grownup daughter Cosette is to fall fatefully in love with revolutionary firebrand Marius - just at the time when Paris erupts in violence, and when Valjean must make his final reckoning with Javert.
The film conquers its audience with weapons all its own: not passion so much as passionate sincerity, not power so much as overwhelming force. Every line, every note, every scene is belted out with diaphragm-quivering conviction and unbroken, unremitting intensity.
The physical strength of this movie is impressive: an awe-inspiring and colossal effort, just like Valjean's as he lifts the flagpole at the beginning of the film. You can almost see the movie's muscles flexing and the veins standing out like whipcords on its forehead."
"At the end, you really have experienced something."
Just the right kind of film
for the Birchmeadow's ace acoustics.
The Management respectfully requests,
no loud crying, please.
film starts at 7:45
Who’s in itPauline Collins, Joanna Lumley, Tom Conti, Sylvia Sims. Directed by Lewis Gilbert, and written by Willy Russell.
What’s it aboutShirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) is a middle-aged, bored Liverpool housewife. She finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life.
She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like, and feels she's become stagnated and stuck in deep a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid holiday to Greece for two and invites her along, she jumps at the chance to do something different.
Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light. And would you believe, whilst on holiday she meets a local man (Tom Conti), and that proves very interesting.
Refreshment break half way through.
Run time 108 minutes
Les Intouchables.Philippe is a rich accident-damaged quadriplegic who owns a luxurious Parisian mansion. He and his assistant Magalie are interviewing candidates to be his live-in carer.
Good-fun French film
Driss is a candidate who actually has no ambition to get hired. He's there just to get a signature to show that he was interviewed and rejected, so that he can continue to receive his welfare benefits.
He is extremely casual and shamelessly flirts with Magalie. He is told to come back the next morning to get his signed letter. Driss goes back to the tiny flat that he shares with his extended family in a bleak Parisian suburb. His aunt, exasperated from not hearing from him for six months, orders him to leave the flat - whoops: is he going to have to get a job after all?
When it's discussed, Philippe offers him a trial period of one month to gain experience in helping him: then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe - and his employees.
The Guardian gives it **** and says - "for once, the hype is justified. This is a charming, uplifting French drama – an irreverent, humorous take on disability, closely drawn from real-life."
Venez, avec vos amis !!
But we should warn you ...
it only got 57 award nominations.
film starts at 7:45