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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