Rusthall Community Cinema
Films we all choose, watch, then discuss.

By: Eugene | January 13, 2019

12 January 2018

A film about ambition, relationships and celebrity between a handful of people. The idea for the Winnie the Pooh books began innocently enough when the father (a WW1 veteran suffering from PTSD) and his son were forced to spend days together by circumstance. The cruelly self indulgent mother abandoned them both for London Society high life and the nanny was called away to tend her dying mother. It was an idyllic time for them both, never again repeated. Once the books were published they found immediate fame which spread around the world making the child an instant celebrity. Christopher Robin hated it. Matters became worse when he was sent away to school as the boys bullied and harassed him and even in army training this continued. Ironica...

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By: Eugene | December 30, 2018

29th December 2018

For our last film of the year we welcomed Laurence Leng from The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex who gave a fascinating talk about G&S in general an the evening's film in particular. It included a minute's recording of Sir Arthur Sullivan on a phonograph over 100 years previously. 


Being a long film we went straight to it leaving the interval for a mid point in the film.  My own view (as usual, without being able to take advantage of the discussion group's deliberations) was that the film could have lost 40 minutes without suffering - particularly the first half that seemed to cover ground that was not really related to the story line.  I heard disparaging comment that much of the second half was scenes fr...

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By: Eugene | December 16, 2018

15th December 2018

Despite rotten weather and the final of Strictly Come dancing we welcomed 57 people to watch this show. As usual we kicked off with a short film: Silent Nights by Aske Bang.  This was themed with the main film as usual, being set at Christmas time and also about immigration.  A moving film with excellent acting, despite the plot seeming a little contrived in places.


For what it's worth, my view of Jean de Florette was that it was a decent film - this is a higher level of praise than may be implied from the phrase as for me, films have to have a happy ending to be good, yet this one did not.  I was not troubled by the sub titles despite finding the dialect of French skewed from what little of the 'standard' form I remember from...

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By: Eugene | December 02, 2018

1st December 2018

At an uneventful event (which is just what a combined floor manager/projectionist wants) we started by showing Bacon & God's Wrath by Sol Friedman. It is an excellent short although needs to be watched more than once if the enjoyment has to be shared with an effort to remember enough of the salient points to enable a cojent comparison of aspects with the main feature filme we later saw: The Post.


Other short films included a couple of ads from Reporters Without Borders and a home made movie narrated by 7 of our wonderful volunteers that emphasised that the corruption and challenges faced when freedom of speech comes head to head with the executive and legislative arms of government are present every month.


Eugene.



A film about decisive d...

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By: Eugene | November 18, 2018

17th November 2018

We were happy to welcome several new faces for this film which generated an audience of 63 - although thick overcoats made it look more ! After showing a trailer for the next film we watched two short documentary films shot in the 1940s by Pathe News: one, a spotlight on Winston Churchill as he received a painting to make hi 80th birthday, something he referred to a a 'remarkable example of modern art'; then what was clearly a propaganda film that showed us the nation preparing for war.


The programme directed that we went straight into the main feature, it being more than 2 hours long. However technical difficulties that had not manifested during the pre-film rehearsal caused our projectionist to suggest an early interval while the problem w...

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By: Eugene | November 10, 2018

9th November 2018

"It's only a movie. It's only a movie".
We're in a beaten up trench and we know what's coming.
Only one character, Second Lieutenant Raleigh, is sparred the knowledge of what will happen three days into his enthusiastic desire to join the front where a family friend, Captain Stanhope, leads the company of ill-fated men. His keen, green, sudden, arrival is to become useful.
In the ugliness of what war is, and it is all on display in the trench, the only sign of beauty is the way the men bolster each other.
I enjoyed the visual details director Saul Dibb included; the pipe left on the table with it's ember still burning, the effects of Lieutenant Osborne being placed in an envelope (an address not far to our village), and the sharing...

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By: Eugene | October 21, 2018

20th October 2018

My friend, Liz, and I were working in the box office last evening and a very busy time we had of it. Almost a continuous stream of people came through the doors expectant of a good evening's entertainment, and judging by audience response, I am sure there were few who were disappointed. 
Eugene, supported by the rest of the management, is constantly working to improve the experience of film viewing in our Community Cinema. When I think there can be little more he can come up with he introduces another aspect. This time our very own Pearl and Deane appeared advertising local events. It was inspirational and nostalgic at the same time. Congratulations Eugene. 
"Liberte" was the principle short before the interval. Unmistakab...

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By: Eugene | October 07, 2018

6th October 2018

Le Weekend is about the marriage relationship between Nick and Meg who celebrate their 30th anniversary in Paris, the city of romance. Nick hoped to please his wife and recapture at least a little of their former passion, but Meg, who teased and baited him, was ready to discard him like an old down-at-heel shoe, and there was a lot of bitching between the two. In the discussion group we asked what the film was trying to tell us and I, for one, could not find an answer. However, the filming, music and in particular the acting was of the very best, and we really believed we were in Paris, so there was much to enjoy.


The wonderful first short film, in complete contrast to Le Weekend, was about the contentment of an extremely old married couple,...

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By: Eugene | October 01, 2018

30th September 2018

The free matinee showing of The Greatest Show on Earth, a film of aspiration and fantasy, was a joyful event. As usual the organising staff pulled out all the stops to give us a memorable afternoon at the circus. Dolly Delicious, tall and slender on her stilts outside the entrance, performed her fire eating and body burning to the delight of the large assembling audience and obligingly posed for photos and selfies.  Once inside we were welcomed to the cinema by the Ringmaster, showmen and artistes aka Eugene, Karen, Kevin, Hazel, Tania, Anne and Rachel, who always throw themselves wholeheartedly into the spirit of the current film.


A short two minute film featuring the Nursery School working at Sunnyside Hall on weekdays was the only so...

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