At Four in the Morning (1963)

Our next screening is of a film  kindly provided by the director’s son, Jonathan Simmons, a frequent visitor to Classic Film Club. The first film scored by John Barry (who also composed the Bond theme, of course), At Four in the Morning (1963) was given an ‘X’ rating by the BBFC for it’s adult content…

Roman Holiday (1953)

Included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (Schneider ed., 2003) and ranked no.4 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest romantic comedies, Roman Holiday (1953) introduced Audrey Hepburn in her first major role and received 15 nominations for different awards, winning 10, included 3 Oscars – one of which…

Key Largo (1948)

A Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is held every year on the tropical island of Key Largo within easy reach of several airports and an easy drive from some of Florida’s most popular destinations. Which means it is now less demanding to get there than it was for Frank McCloud, Bogart’s character who arrives by boat at…

Follow the Fleet (1936)

February 21st, 1936. The New York Times: “With Irving Berlin’s score as a rhythmic accompaniment and with a considerably altered edition of Hubert Osborne’s play, “Shore Leave” (1922), as a convenient excuse, “Follow the Fleet” reduces itself, and quite pleasantly, to a generous series of attractive song and dance numbers linked almost imperceptibly by the…

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…

Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

The next film to be screened at SouthBank’s Classic Film Club (on Nov 1st) is a new print of director Jean Renoir’s second sound film (Boudu sauvé des eaux). Jean Renoir (below), the son of the famous painter Pierre-August Renoir, became a film director in the 1920s and won international success in the 1930s. Films such as Grand…

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…