5 - 11 NOVEMBER 2022
The film premieres continue, but can I also draw your attention to two good films from the mid-1960s. They haven’t been around for a while; I first saw them as a teenager and found them to be well-made, a little different from the normal fare and they still hold up today.
SWEETHEART (2021) Sunday 6 November 10.45pm-12.30am BBC 2 P
This spin on a not-so-typical holiday romance ought to be a must-see for members, as it is set in and around a Dorset campsite. . . .
THE LAST CHALLENGE (1967) Monday 7 November 1.55-4.00pm Channel 33
MGM’s house director for 33 years, Richard Thorpe (The Great Caruso, Ivanhoe) ended his career with this satisfying western, whose UK release title was The Pistolero of Red River. Glenn Ford (soon to move into TV work) is the gunman challenged by upstart Chad Everett and Angie Dickinson owns the saloon. The veterans involved all made bigger and better films, but also made this one very watchable.
A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS (2022) Tuesday 8 November 9.30-11.00pm BBC 4 P
This Tuesday, an award-winning Storyville documentary about a Ukrainian orphanage; one of the children featured is Kolya, coincidentally the title of one of our most successful films (from the 1997-1998 season). It is heartbreaking to watch but might allow us to put some of our own troubles into perspective.
36 HOURS (1964) Thursday 10 November 11.45am-2.10pm Channel 33
George Seaton is another director who doesn’t readily spring to mind (although he made Miracle on 34th Street and also Airport). Actually, he wrote the screenplays for more films than he directed including this one and it is, perhaps, his most intriguing script. The Nazis have captured spy James Garner and German intelligence (Rod Taylor) tries to convince him the war is over, so that he will reveal the plans for D-Day.
EAGLE VS SHARK (2006) Friday 11 November 11.00pm-12.45am Film Four P
This oddball romantic comedy was the feature debut of director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, 2017-2018 season 92%).
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