Film nights at the Old Rectory
Spring 2020 dates
Wednesday 15th January
Death of Stalin (2017)
Directed by Armando Iannucci, this is a satire on political succession following Stalin’s death. The cast includes Simon Russell Beale, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Palin amongst other well-known names. The film was banned in Russia, so that gives you an idea of how accurately it hits its target!
Tuesday 21st January, sorry no film this week
Wednesday 29th January
Black Swan (2010)
A psychological horror story centred around a ballerina’s struggle to depict the role of the Black Swan alongside that of the White Swan in the ballet Swan Lake. Natalie Portman stars, and actually trained in ballet in order to be able to appear convincing. Critically acclaimed but quite disturbing issues are depicted – not for the faint-hearted viewer!
Tuesday 4th February
Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)
Based on the 1905 novel of the same name, by E.M. Forster. The cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Helen Mirren and Rupert Graves. Set on location in San Gemignano, it depicts the consequences of a visit to Italy by a young English widow.
Wednesday 12th February
A thriller starring Harrison Ford as an ex-CIA analyst who gets drawn into a plot involving the IRA. A gripping tale based on the novel by Tom Clancy, it will have you on the edge of your seat. A star cast includes Sean Bean, Samuel L Jackson, James Fox and Anne Archer.
Tuesday 18th February
Romeo and Juliet (1978)
Our first Shakespeare play of 2020 is one of the all-time great love stories and requires no introduction. The cast includes Sir John Gielgud as the Chorus, and a young Alan Rickman as Tybalt, and is acknowledged as one of the most faithful versions ever to be filmed. Not to be missed!
Wednesday 26th February
Our season’s Oscar winning musical stars Liza Minelli as cabaret star Sally Bowles, living and performing in Berlin in 1931 amid the tensions of late Weimar Germany. The Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub invites you in – you are welcome, bienvenue, willkommen!
Tuesday 3rd March
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, this film won Streep an Oscar nomination for best actress. Set in rural Iowa, the covered bridges of the title are the backdrop to a gentle but moving romantic film.
Wednesday 11th March
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
“A trivial comedy for serious people” is how Oscar Wilde defined his wonderful play. This film version stars Rupert Everitt and Colin Firth, together with Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell. A haaaandbag?????
Tuesday 17th March
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Set in 1946, the plot follows a London-based writer who begins exchanging letters with a resident on the island of Guernsey, which had been under German occupation during WW2. Stars Lily James.
Wednesday 25th March
Our second Shakespeare play of the season stars Derek Jacobi in the title role, alongside other stalwarts such as Patrick Stewart, Claire Bloom and Eric Porter. “Inspired by his father’s ghost to seek vengeance, he is forced to consider the nature of murder and violence, revenge and intrigue, sex and desire, paranoia and madness, and the very essence of humanity itself.”
Tuesday 31st March NB earlier start time of 7pm (it’s a long film!)
The English Patient (1996)
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Binoche and Kristin Scott Thomas, and covered in Oscar glory, this Anthony Minghella directed film depicts the story of four people who find themselves in an abandoned villa in Northern Italy in the last months of World War II. The story emerges of one of them, a badly burned man with an English accent….