Rusthall Community Cinema
Films we all choose, watch, then discuss. A charitable entertainment hub run by volunteers.

By: Eugene | September 08, 2019

7th September 2019

Our discussion group talked about what we liked about this iconic film from 1961 and what we weren’t too happy about.  These were our likes:


·The chemistry between the two leads, Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard

·George Peppard’s stunning blue eyes and his general loveliness

·Patricia Neal’s strong supporting actress performance

·The fashion and Givenchy’s designs – as well as the famous Little Black Dress, there were other strong favourites. Who wouldn’t want that very wearable orange coat?

·The award-winning song ‘Moon River’

·Hepburn’s beautiful face – “the camera loved her”

·The look of the film, with its design, styling and colour

·The first shot of Holly Golightly in an amazingly empty Manhattan


Our dislikes were:

·Mickey Ro...

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By: Eugene | August 25, 2019

225th August 2019

This was our first 'dementia friendly film with free entry to all.  Being a sunny bank holiday Sunday afternoon few came, but those who did enjoyed it.  There were no short films.  We appreciated Kate Sergeant from the Alzheimer's Society coming to say a few words to us and bringing a collection bucket.  

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By: Eugene | August 25, 2019

24th August 2019

The title is not quite French and not quite English, I wonder why?

 

Who would have thought an evening of films portraying the misfortunes of others in their disabilities - physical, mental and social - could be so uplifting and humorous? The two lead characters in this French film could not have been more disparate. Phillipe, immensely wealthy white man of letters and living in his ancestral Paris residence, surrounded by priceless art, is paralysed from the neck down and is entirely dependent on his staff which is numerous enough to have served his eighteenth century forebears. He decides to employ as his driver/companion the young virile black man, Driss, from the slums of the city who is disadvantaged in every way except for his sh...

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By: Eugene | August 25, 2019

24th August 2019

This was a singalong Saturday afternoon film with free entry to all.  Being a sunny bank holiday few came, but those who did enjoyed it.  There were no short films.

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By: Eugene | August 11, 2019

10th August 2019

I enjoyed this humourous film and the fact it was based on truth. The story of two very unlikely companions over a two month concert tour of the deep south of America; a black, educated and gifted pianist and his driver/minder, a New York Italian night club bouncer. What could possibly go well? Gradually each man learned lessons from the other and broke down their long held prejudices. Anger often flared but eventually they grew to value and rely on each other.
The shorts before the interval were as outstanding as usual. We were taken on the difficult but determined journey of the young black ballerina, Ingrid Silva, and was delightful to have a her on screen sending a personal message to RCC. The second short featured Sheku Kanneh-Mason. I ...

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By: Eugene | July 28, 2019

27th July 2019

We had the perfect component for a discussion after First Man.  Half of us loved the film and the other half were less enthusiastic, some finding the technical aspects baffling. We also talked about the Tom Hanks film Apollo 13. Some of us felt this film was more compelling and gripping, compared to the restraint of First Man.


We agreed that the film depicted the remarkable technological achievement of getting to the Moon very faithfully.  The low tech nature of the achievement was noticed – the entire flight computer memory on the module had a capacity of 32 kilobytes, less than the size of a single email. 


The film also reflected the theme of loss and its impact. The first three Apollo astronauts were killed in an explosion a...

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By: Eugene | July 21, 2019

21st July 2019

This film was sponsored by the Rusthall Community Arts. Alas just 35 people watched the film despite it being free - although a donation was requested.  This could have been due to it being a sunny Sunday afternoon at the end of school term, or because football followers were watching the  Rusthall Legends play Arsenal Charity XI.  


Eugene.


A great film for this year's Rusthall Arts Festval choice as the story resonates so well with the play, "The Legends of the Rocks", of our community's devising under the professional guidance and direction of Jon Oram.

Before the film was shown Jon graphically described what makes a successful and popular story. The turns in the fortunes of the protagonists follo...

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By: Eugene | July 14, 2019

13th July 2019

Our thrilling main film was combined with three shorts. We learnt about Mercury’s early life, enjoyed a detailed analysis of the mighty song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and found out that Queen’s songs still are uplifting, even to very young listeners.


It was touching to see footage of his Zoroastrian family speaking and to understand something of his unusual background, which brought him from Zanzibar to Bombay, back to Zanzibar and finally to London, fleeing the revolution. Freddie saw the band as “playing for other misfits and the outcasts right in the back of the room, who are pretty sure they don’t belong either… we belong to them.”


In discussion group, we all took turns to share our impressions. Our group included some real fans, who had see...

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By: Eugene | June 30, 2019

29th June 2019

An excellent film of dramatic intrigue produced in an era when the protagonists were fully able to express themselves without resort to the F word. 


A 1974 film that took its time, slowly building up the pressure of suspense and revealing the devious lengths to which those employed in private surveillance, and those being bugged, recorded and photographed would go. Thinking I knew what was taking place, I found myself catching my breath at each realisation of quite the opposite. The nasty business of infiltrating the lives of others, peopled mainly by exploitative brink-men, has nothing to commend it; it thrives on other people's mistakes and ambitions, concealments and lust for power and wealth. Harry Caul, admirably played by Gene Hac...

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By: Eugene | June 16, 2019

15th June 2019

On a rather wet night we welcomed 87 people to be entertained and informed. The first short film was a newsreel from 1952 showing Messrs Laurel and Hardy opening the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway on the other side of Kent. We then watched an American version of 'This is Your Life' which was entertaining in the style of presentation of the lives of the two gents in question.


The main film seems to have been enjoyed by all including the small discussion group that gathered after the film. This was the first film shown in our newly decorated hall with now mobile equipment. 


The recipe for the delicious cake is at
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/25587/gramma-berthas-banana-cake


Eugene.



Although sometimes our discussion ...

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