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

By: Eugene | March 08, 2020

7th March 2020

A very English film although it is of and about French society in the late nineteenth century, the era of Impressionism. Visually it is very beautiful with lovely settings and costumes. Colette, a country girl, soon discovers when she marries Willy that life is very different in Paris. Willy, impresario and womaniser, spends money before it is his and is therefore often in debt. Their life together is a constant battle of wills. The books Willy demands Colette to write are an instant success, all published under his name; he refuses to acknowledge her as the author. She, however, has a strong character too and follows her own path performing in the music halls. Finally Willy, an inveterate gambler, recklessly sells off the rights to the Co...

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By: Eugene | February 23, 2020

22nd February 2020

Just five of us stayed after the film to discuss The Lion King (2019). On the positive side, we were delighted to see so many children attending. They loved every minute of the film and were really well-behaved.The technical mastery of the film was to be applauded. The scenery was beautifully rendered, if distracting from the action at times. We wondered what the future of photo-realistic computer-generated animation would hold, especially for actors’ jobs.

 

However, as Ben said, “What’s the point of doing it?The original Lion King was a beautiful accomplishment.”For some of us, the hyper-realistic animation was disturbing, especially in the scenes including violence.The faces of the animals didn’t convey expressions as well as conv...

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By: Eugene | February 16, 2020

16th February 2020

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By: Eugene | February 09, 2020

8th February 2020

The film held my attention closely throughout; I found it intriguing, compelling and very amusing in spite of the violent thuggery. The two gunmen sent to Bruges at the expense of their boss following the completion of an assignment was puzzling, but during those few days of sightseeing in the city the personal relationship between them became apparent; loosely that of a father and son with the same kind of warmth and irritation. It was therefore unsurprising that when the older man was instructed to kill his companion, he couldn't do it despite the inevitable all-encompassing consequences. Set at Christmas time with brightness and bustle only in the shopping areas, the city was filmed in the grey of winter in keeping with the bleak story....

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By: Eugene | January 26, 2020

25th January 2020

Our small but deep thinking discussion group explored Danny Boyle’s Yesterday.  We first talked about the short films.  Our own Ben’s skilful interview at The Forum with the exuberant actor Phil Philmar was much appreciated. Phil starred in Julian Lennon’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ pop video and he told how he met both Julian and Sean Lennon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k199ayCpPbg  


Chris Purcell’s short film ‘Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?’ showed the significance of the iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing to the public.  This meditative film with the distinctive poetry of Liverpool poet Roger McGough was a treat.


We shared our responses to the Beatles’ music and felt we had grown up with them. We talked about the grou...

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By: Eugene | January 22, 2020

19th January 2020

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By: Eugene | January 12, 2020

11th Januart 2020

One within the discussion group commented, "No one coughed or began to talk or leave their chair when the film was over. Looking around, during the film, we were all riveted". The cinematic beauty of the film held us. The spare direction, for most of us, satisfied what was unsaid. But say we wanted so we went to the discussion.

 

This was a love story based in the time of the historic Cold War of 1945-1963. The relationship between the main characters, Wiktor and Zula included all the characteristics of a cold war: obsession, polarisation, propaganda, deception, and self-preservation. The microcosm between the tested two leads could be seen on their national, Polish, scale, trying to invent its identity.

 

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By: Eugene | December 29, 2019

28th December 2019

Last evening's entertainment began by Anne welcoming and introducing the Circle Dancers who were dressed appropriately to dance traditional Jewish dances to traditional Jewish music. Members of the audience were encouraged to join the circle and many of us enjoyed the experience.


Fiddler on the Roof is a musical film with messages. It is not the usual fantasy story set to music. The singing and the music are delightful, familiar favourites, with most of us knowing the words.


Tevye, played by the wonderful Topol, opens the film, telling us how precarious life is in the village;  as precarious as a fiddler on the roof. The villagers keep their 'balance' by keeping to .... Tradition, Tevye tells us. However, revolution is in the air, times ...

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By: Eugene | December 26, 2019

22nd December 2019

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By: Eugene | December 15, 2019

14th December 2019

This screening clashed with the final of Strictly Come Dancing unfortunately, and our audience numbers therefore took a hit. Apparently eight of the 27 milion TVs in the country were tuned to it just as we were enjoying some wonderful short films on the theme of friendship followed by the 50 year old story of Butch Cassidy.   All volunteers were offered free drinks for this show (as they will be for the next two) as a token of the Trustee's Christmas thanks.


Eugene.


A fifty year old film would not, on the face of it, be a great contender for public attention against Strictly Come Dancing. However, it is certainly a film that retains its high levels of appeal and entertainment. Although we all know the outcome, we believe in the inv...

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