Breaking News: Cine-East Film Club to Re-launch on Saturday

by George_East on July 24, 2013

movie_projectorIt’s been a while since the Cine-East Film Club presented a film.   When I originally launched the feature way back in April 2012 my intention was to post on a film a week, but what with one thing and another, mostly work, things slipped and there have only been 15 presentations in total and none at all since Christmas.   A re-launch is therefore long overdue and from this Saturday, I will try again to make it a regular feature.  Some of the posts stirred up some interesting film debate and it would obviously be great to be able to do that again.

For those readers who have recently come to this blog and missed my introduction the feature on the first Cine-East post, this is what I said about it then:

Today marks the start of a new feature here at Allthatsleft, a weekly weekend film club curated (or programmed) by me.  This is largely an excuse for me to share some of my enthusiasm for cinema and hopefully occasionally provoke a little bit of a debate and maybe encourage some of the films to be re-visited or tracked down for the first time if you haven’t seen them.

This is not intended to be a best of list, though inevitably I’ll be covering some of my favourite films along the way. I’ll cover films from all periods of film history, from all around the world and in all styles and genres. From rock ribbed canonical classics to small obscure independents. Like music there is always good stuff out there to be discovered if you look hard enough.

The inspiration for this feature is the long gone Moviedrome slot on BBC2, which saw great films, some well known some obscure, being enthusiastically and insightfully introduced by director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy) and then in later seasons by critic Mark Cousins (the recent presenter and author of the excellent  15 part More 4 series, The Story of Film).  Moviedrome was, along with my Dad, the biggest influence on my early love of film.  I can’t promise that I’ll have a fraction of the insight that Cox and Cousins brought to the films they introduced but hopefully I can match their enthusiasm”

As a reminder or in case you want to check out the films that have featured so far, in order of appearance they are:

#1: 1952, Singin’ In The Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen);

#2: 1957: Kanal (Andrzej Wadja);

#3: 1920, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Robert Weine);

#4: 1937: La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir);

#5: 1979: Alien (Ridley Scott);

#6: 1949: Passport To Pimlico (Henry Cornelius);

#7: 1990: Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese);

#8: 1972: Junior Bonner (Sam Peckinpah);

#9: 1976: The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood);

#10: 1947: Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Yosjiuro Ozu);

#11: 1950: Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa);

#12: 1980: The Shining (Stanley Kubrick);

#13: 1953: Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Cluzot);

#14: 1992: Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino);

#15: 1946: It’s A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra).


Sadly, my post on Reservoir Dogs was lost when the blog broke over last Christmas (hence no link).

Looking at the films that have featured so far, which have spanned a period of 62 years, there have been no films from the 1960s and the most recent film, Reservoir Dogs, is more than 20 years old.

Equally, there have been no films yet from the extraordinary cinematic riches of Italy, the Scandinavian countries, China, the former Soviet Union or Iran.  No films have appeared from either Latin America or Africa.

In genre terms – there has been only one western so far (though Junior Bonner might also be considered a western if you take an expansive definition), and no film noirs.  There are no screw ball comedies or melodramas.  No documentaries, animation or short films.

I hope to plug some of these gaps over the coming weeks but more importantly I hope to share some of my enthusiasm for the whole diverse universe of world cinema: mainstream and avant garde, big studio and independent, silent and sound, black and white and colour.

Until Saturday…..

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