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Film Club

Before the Pandemic a number of our members would attend the Thursday Silver Screen, at The Broadway Cinema. The reason may have been that two showings of a popular film would be shown that day at the low price of £5. The Broadway Cinema was easily accessible for Hucknall residents, the cinema being just around the corner from the Lace market Tram stop. Also the fact that free tea and coffee and biscuits could be had in the cafe before the film and that the films were chosen as being suitable for an audience of Senior Citizens. In addition there is a discount for members of the u3a.

These Thursday sessions have now recommenced and next week 17th February, 2022, at 10.30 am and 13.30 pm the film being shown will be The Eyes of Tammy Faye, one of the most famous and renowned women in American history.

The following week, Thursday 24th the film will be Death on the Nile, with Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. also at 10.30 am and 13.30 pm.

If you go make sure that you get there in good time to get your tickets and refreshments.

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Arts and Films Information

Although there is insufficient reliable information on concerts and such to warrant a bulletin of planned program’s; film information is a much more positive situation. All cinemas in our area are now showing films, albeit that they are restricting audiences with a heavy emphasis on protection.

Our two local venues of The Arc and The Bonington are both issuing programmes and in the past month Colleen and I have enjoyed four showings sitting safely spaced out over 25% of the theatres.

Please contact me if you would like to be included in the circulation of the calendar each month. This year I plan to separate off the cinema section into The Film Club and I will attempt to include a description of what each film is about and who is in each film.

When booking seats at The Bonington on line you are asked to select your seats from a seating plan which only offers safe seats. The bar is open and drinks both alcoholic or coffee are available to take into the film with you.

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Christmas Zoom Film Show

Christmas Zoom Film Show – Thursday December 17th at 1.30pm

‘Miracle on 34th Street’, American comedy film, released in 1947, that has become a perennial family favourite at Christmastime.

Natalie Wood portrayed Susan Walker, a precocious little girl whose well-meaning mother (played by Maureen O’Hara) has raised her not to believe in Santa Claus. When their lives intersect with that of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), an elderly man hired to play Santa at New York City’s famous Macy’s department store, Susan begins to suspect he may be the real St. Nick. After a jealous fellow employee frames him for an assault, Kringle is placed in a mental hospital. At the ensuing sanity hearing, Kringle and his attorney attempt to prove that he is indeed Santa Claus.

Although the movie was released in the summer, it became a box-office hit and ran in theatres through the holiday season. Its legacy is such that it is regularly aired on television right after Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the store has frequently decorated its windows during the Christmas season with displays based on the film. The popularity of Miracle on 34th Street is due in part to the performances of Gwenn, who won an Academy Award, and Wood.

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Film Show via Zoom

November Film – Wednesday 25th at 1.30pm

Running Time 1hr. 28 min
Dead End
Directed by William Wyler. With Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie. The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum. The story of one day in a slum area of New York. Noted gangster, Baby Face Martin, who grew up in the neighbourhood, decides to come home to visit his mother and the girl he left behind.

Bring your own and

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u3a Zoom Cinema

Wed October 28th: ‘The Good Die Young’
25 members enjoyed time out in our virtual cinema watching a classic British crime thriller about a robbery that went wrong. It was an interesting look back at post war UK in the mid 50’s.

Our next attraction an American Crime Film Noir starring a young Humphrey Bogart
Dead End (1937 film)
Dead End is a 1937 crime drama film directed by William Wyler. It is an adaptation of the Sidney Kingsley 1935 Broadway play of the same name. It stars Joel McCrea, Sylvia Sidney, and Humphrey Bogart. It was the first film appearance of the Dead End Kids. It was nominated for 4 Oscars.

A Film Critics Review: It’s a dead end street in New York that ends at the river. It’s here that a wide assortment of characters from different walks of life come together in a pressure cooker setting. Rich, poor, kind-hearted and hardhearted all come together. In Dead End, a young woman and her teenage brother struggle to survive. An architect works for a better life. A gangster comes home to visit his mother. A well kept woman chooses between love and wealth. The rich and the poor get glimpses of one another’s lives at the water’s edge.

This movie draws us into a unique place and time. It gives us intimate portraits into people’s lives. It makes contrasts and it shows similarities between people. It’s one of a kind and director William Wyler has given us something special here. Sylvia Sidney, Humphrey Bogart, Marjorie Main, Allen Jenkins, the Dead End Kids and Ward Bond give standout performances. The 1930’s atmosphere is palpable. I rate this film 91/100. It’s unique and absorbing.

Showing on the Silver Screen on Wednesday 25th November at 1.30pm
Entry from 1.20pm

There will be a Christmas Film in December date TBA

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