Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia, 1954)

In case you didn’t know, after years of traffic-snarling reconstruction of its ancient squares, Naples is again becoming a tourist destination so readers of the Guardian Travel section will be pleased to learn that January’s film is Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia, 1954). With its sweeping views of the region, its historic locations and concern with the…

Odd Man Out (1947)

Back in April we screened Caught (1948) – James Mason’s first role in Hollywood. This month (Oct 4), in Odd Man Out (1947), we see why Mason was such a catch for the American studios, after being directed by Carol Reed in a film that Paul Dehn of The Sunday Chronicle called “the best film…

The Green Man (1956)

Last month’s Film Club was a week late because of Easter, so the next is upon us already! Next week’s Classic Film (May 3rd) is a much loved – but sadly almost forgotten – British (farcical) crime movie, which opens with these lines:- “Ah! School days. The happiest days of one’s life. I was a…

Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959)

Our next Classic Film is Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (U.S. title: Man in a Cocked Hat), a rarely seen (and difficult to obtain) British satire. This comedy sets up a political edge by asking whether a useless, accident-prone typically British toff (Terry Thomas) could flummox both the USA and Soviet governments? And by accident! The answer it provides is:…

The Holly and the Ivy (1952)

  We kick off the festive season next Sunday, December 1st. with the Classic Film Club double bill comprising a … SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MENU HORS D’EUVRE The comedy short of all time provides our starter in Big Business (1929). Filled with pine aromas, this is a Californian dish combining Laurel and Hardy in a 20 minute sauté laced with door-to-door salesmanship ……