Larceny Inc. (1942)

Providing a little Christmas hi-jinks this year for Classic Film Club is a troop of Hollywood actors who here, during WWII create laughs by spoofing the types they were more well-known for playing on screen. When we think comedy, we seldom think Edward G. Robinson, whose rise to fame came through playing tough-guy gangsters in…

Vertigo (1958)

Widely touted as Hitchcock’s most personal film – and even by some as the best film ever made – November’s film screening is a curious anomaly in the Hitchcock canon. Significantly, when Kim Novak first read the script, she understood it to be a comment on what Hollywood had done, was doing (and continued to do)…

Bigger Than Life (1956)

This month’s screening is another Nicholas Ray film from the 1950s, when both he and the film’s star, James Mason, were at their peak. Also starring Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau, Bigger Than Life is an important colour film that was shot in cinemascope. In films like Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and The True Story of Jesse James (1957),…

Somewhere in the Night (1946)

Possibly the most influential genre of American film was not really American at all. Initially it was a cheap, stylistic import that benefited from the factory system operated by Hollywood studios. Moreover, a film noir, as it came to be known, does not have to be totally realistic to become a classic. All it needs are the…

Jeux Interdit (Forbidden Games, 1952)

As part of a month of global inspired activities throughout August comprising “World of Bedminster” celebrations, the next film being screened at SouthBank’s Classic Film Club (on Aug 6) will be Jeux Interdit (aka Forbidden Games). Directed by René Clément in 1952, this film won the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival and also an Academy Award…

Summertime (1955)

This month’s screening responds to those who accuse Classic Film Club of showing only black and white movies – though it is none the worse for that! For some, this 1955 film is little more than a travelogue that might have been sponsored by the tourist board – a thin story that is not much…

Black Joy (1977)

Classic Film Club on May 7 will screen another Anthony Simmons film. In Black Joy (1977) Simmons again uses London as his backdrop but this time seen from the perspective of a naïve young immigrant in an episodic narrative adapted from Jamal Ali’s screenplay, Dark Days and Light Nights. PLOT Ben Jones (Trevor Thomas), an innocent African boy…