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DEPARTURES (2008)

SEE ALSO UNDER ‘RESOURCES’ FOR FILM GROUP COMMENTS It always surprises me how a film is dismissed  when people rely on their favourite reviewer’s opinions based on one viewing. Departures won the 2009 Oscar for best foreign film. Few of … Continue reading

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AMOUR – QUESTIONS

ALSO SEE UNDER FILM GROUP PAGE THE RESPONSES OF THE FILM GROUP Two people have said to me: your blog is about the representation of old  women and yet you do not address this in the one about Amour. This is true. … Continue reading

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AMOUR – A PERSONAL VIEW

At long last Amour. I was waiting for our film group to meet before writing about this amazing film. Being interested in how viewers receive a film and what is on-screen I found that above all other films Amour demands … Continue reading

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BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (1958) and AGEWISE

I was rereading chapter 1 of Margaret Morganroth Gullette’s book AGEWISE : The Eskimo On the Ice Floe. At the back of my mind lurked vague thoughts about a film group.  I decided to revisit The Ballad of Narayama which has the same theme as the Eskimo … Continue reading

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Ageing and Film Guide, Older Women in Film Group

I am taking the plunge and starting  work on  my ‘Women, Ageing and Films Guide’. I have an extended knowledge of the filmography and have led enough workshops about the subject to have material to share. This is a long-term … Continue reading

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DEPARTURES (2008) and Death, Dying and Disposal Conference

I did not think I would blog before January but at the end of the year a coincidence compels me to put down in writing  some interesting observations. Yesterday as a respite from Xmas preparations we settled down to view … Continue reading

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TALL DARK STRANGER

The last film of the U3A in Brent at the Lexi for this academic year was Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. The audience showed interest but no one declared that they liked the film: “True to … Continue reading

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SOME THOUGHTS ON THE SILVERING SCREEN (part 1)

It is only on  holiday that I can engage in serious reading. This time I struggled with Sally Chivers’  Silvering Screen. I only managed to read the Introduction and the First Chapter and therefore I am not entitled to make … Continue reading

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Late Bloomers (2011)

Oh dear. What can I say? Another film that is likely to divide audiences. But in this case as opposed to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is a well-directed and structured film with great performances I will express what I … Continue reading

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Pather Panchali : Witch or Grandmother

Because of a mix up in dates by the cinema, the U3A audience at the Lexi was small but very appreciative.  I had forgotten how woman-centered was Pather Panchali and remembered only the visual and music emotional impact it made … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

It is not fair to comment on a complex film generally without studying it in detail but I feel compelled to write about Malick’s The Tree of Life. The film evoked in me deep emotions but also deep alienation. One … Continue reading

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The Queen of Spades ( 1949)

Apart from a few people who were familiar with the genre, the Lexi/U3A audience this time was bemused. There are many themes one could explore in the film based on the Pushkin novella: gambling, good versus evil, greed, the supernatural, the … Continue reading

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Harold and Maude

The beginning of the Easter holidays and only 8 people turned up for the screening of Harold and Maude. The intimate atmosphere made contributions easier to make and all but one person  talked.  All but one had seen the film before … Continue reading

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Volver : women’s lives and deaths

The U3A screening at the Lexi in March was Almodovar’s Volver. The audience, as usual composed of a majority of women, greatly appreciated the film.   This was expressed by lively contributions by many of them. There were general comments: idealisation … Continue reading

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Old couple

I do not usually comment on films that I have seen only once.  I know full well that the immediate response to a film is very subjective and comments are often too biased by ideology and life experience to have any general … Continue reading

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Alexandra part 3

February 13th, Before coming back to Alexandra I would like to consider the specifity and generality of the film. There are some elements that are not understandable unless one knows some details of the Chechnya war. Thus the behaviour of … Continue reading

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Pauline and Paulette

November 16th 2009 Pauline and Paulette The film shown at the Lexi at the October U3A film group meeting was Pauline and Paulette (2001). The session was well attended. Although the film is simple and gentle it provoked in the … Continue reading

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