Classic Film – Members’ Choice

Feb 27, 2019
Cranbrook Film Society

This evening’s screening will be the most popular film selected by members from a list offered on 12th December. The film chosen will be announced shortly after that date.

Here is the list.

1 The Draughtsman’s Contract

Peter Greenaway | Netherlands | 1982 | 108 mins | R

Set in 1694, shot entirely at Groombridge Place, based on Antonioni’s ‘Blow Up’. A work of visual vivacity; this murder mystery is possibly the most beautiful film in English cinema.

2 Last of the Mohicans

Michael Mann | USA | 1992 | 112 mins | R

Daniel Day Lewis as Hawkeye in this magnificent interpretation of Fenimore Cooper’s classic tale of genocide and empire. Terrific battles, great soundtrack and a truly memorable villain, Wes Stud’s Magua.

3 A Matter of Life and Death

Powell & Pressburger | USA | 1946 | 104 mins | PG

Love conquers all in this fabulous early colour escapist fantasy of strangeness. David Niven in his crashing bomber fights for a second chance at life to woo Kim Hunter.

4 A Knight’s Tale

Brian Helgeland | USA | 2001 | 133 mins | PG

Underrated, unpretentious jousting romp with modern soundtrack. A cast of unrivalled young potential, Heath Ledger and Rufus Sewell lock lances. A spectacle that benefits from the big screen.

Funny, original and feel good.

5 Seven Samurai

Akiro Kurosawa | Japan | 1954 | 387 Mins | A

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

From such simple beginnings Kurosawa’s beautiful action epic establishes and fully realises, the definitive blueprint for the modern action movie.

Winner of the Silver Lion at Venice 1954.

6 L’Avventura

Michelangelo Antonioni | Italy | 1960 | 143mins | X

It’s difficult to think of a film that has a more powerful understanding of the way that people are bound to the world around them, by what they see and touch and hear.

Visually, sensually, theatrically, in every way, it’s one of the great works of Cinema.” – Martin Scorsese.

7 Quatre Cent Coups (400 Blows)

Francois Truffaut | USA | 1959 | 99 mins | NR

Francois Truffaut’s first feature film, the cornerstone of the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague), which had such an impact on French and world cinema. It paints an authentic picture of troubled adolescence and brilliantly conveys the mischief and vulnerability of the teen-aged central character. The film won Best Director at Cannes (1959), and its final frames are unforgettable.

8 Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex* But Were Afraid To Ask

Woody Allen | USA |1973 | 88 minutes |18

Inspired by the book of the same title and “every funny idea I’ve ever had about sex, including several that led to my own divorce”, Allen answers seven questions with parodies of Antonioni, sci-fi, Masters and Johnson, TV quiz shows and a sublimely funny encounter between an Armenian shepherd and his psychiatrist.

9 The Motorcycle Diaries

Walter Salles | Brazil/Fra/UK/Chile/Gdr/Peru/USA | 2004 | 126 mins | NR

Set in the 1950s, the film traces an 8000-mile motorcycle journey of two close friends. These are Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, who became the iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara and Alberto Granado. It is a classic road movie that follows the youths’ progression from hedonism to their desire for social justice in the face of overwhelming poverty.

10 Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tonore | Italy | 1988 | 155 mins | R

If ever a movie came from the heart, it was Giuseppe Tornatore’s nostalgic Cinema Paradiso (1988) now getting a rerelease to celebrate its silver jubilee. A successful but jaded film director recalls his Sicilian childhood.” (Peter Bradshaw).

11 On The Water Front

Elia Kazan | USA | 1954 | 108 mins | NR

This seminal classic scored and deserved 8 Oscars, with Brando, Steiger and Eve-Mari Saint – unforgettable.

Brando plays a brooding misfit amid the rampant corruption of New York dockland in a beautifully

crafted drama. Leonard Bernstein wrote the score.

12 Chinatown

Roman Polanski | USA | 1974 | 130 minutes |15

Multiple award winning neo-noir, full of mystery and clever twists, with one of Jack Nicolson’s best performances as a dogged private eye hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband’s adultery and who stumbles into a complex web of murder, deceit and corruption.