Wednesday, 13 November
Dead of Night
Doors open at 20:00, drinks at the bar
DEAD OF NIGHT 1945 Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer 102 minutes In English
This was the original 'anthology' movie, where our central character goes to a country house to do some work on it. But then, as he is approaching the place, he has a sensation of déjà vu, an eerie feeling that this incident has happened before. When he gets there, he meets several people who then begin to relate their own 'weird tales', and the movie delves into each of the stories in an almost dream-like way. So what we get is a series of five uncanny stories, with each becoming more creepy than the other.
One of the key sequences stars Michael Redgrave as a nightclub performer with his ventriloquist puppet, which opens us to the idea that puppets might have a life of their own. This portmanteau flick is one of the classics of British cinema, and is renowned as one of the haunting films ever made. Forget all the bloodshed of modern movies, this has an uneasy mood that goes much deeper, that is more poetic. This movie is like stepping into another world, full of other realities.
This will be a high-definition screening.
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