Film Season

St Ives Arts Club, Westcott's Quay

Blasts from the past

All tickets £6 (buy tickets for all 5 films in one transaction for £25)
Films start 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Blasts From The Past will be the theme for this year’s St Ives September Festival Film Season. Once again, organiser Wendy Watson has come up with a cracking selection of films for the annual silver screen extravaganza at St Ives Arts Club. Last year four of the five films sold out – so make sure you get your tickets early. All films are shown at the oldest art establishment in the town. St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, St Ives. To become a memberof the Arts Club please visit:

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Sunday 9th September
12 Angry Men (U)
Director: Sidney Lumet. 1957 Starring Henry Fonda, Lee J.Cobb and Martin Balsam.
The 12 angry men of this film are jurors in a murder case. An 18-year-old boy is accused of stabbing his father to death, if convicted he faces the electric chair. The odds are against him with 11 convinced of his guilt, while one man alone has his doubts. The court case is only the framework of this film, the greatness lies in the 12 characters who are in a small room with no air-con on one of New York’s hottest days, with what seems like a foregone conclusion. Prejudice and bigotry spill forth and tempers flare. Sidney Lumet’s debut film makes no apologies for its sweaty intensity. Photography Director Boris Kaufman makes a virtue of the claustrophobic space to heighten the volatile atmosphere. This is black & white stylized realism at its very best. Too few films have taken arguing to an art form, but this film truly has.

Wednesday 12th September
Sunset Boulevard (PG)
Director: Billy Wilder. 1950 Starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich Von Stroheim.
Sunset Boulevard is the cruellest of all Hollywood’s self-exposées. Gloria Swanson plays a mesmerising, intense Nora Desmond, a forgotten silent movie star attempting her come-back. She comes into contact with the new Hollywood, represented by William Holden’s washed-up, cynical screenwriter Joe Gillis. Nora has Joe facilitate her screen return by having him edit her crazy script ‘Salome’, a challenging task that steers him complacently towards a gigolo’s existence. What is unusual is how realistic Wilde dared to be. He used real names and real life. Wilder and co-writer Charles Brackett have created a cruel, funny, realistic movie about movies, a brilliant satire on Tinseltown that still seems fresh today.

Sunday 16th September
The Ladykillers (U)
Director: Alex Mackendrick. 1955 Starring Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers.
The Ladykillers is a macabre comedy of dark deeds. A gang of thieves, hiding out disguised as a music quartet in the genteel Edwardian home of the very proper Mrs. Wilberforce, plan to dupe her into picking up the loot after they rob a security van. The mismatched gang are; Harry – a huffy teddy-boy, One Round – a punch drunk ex- boxer, Louie – a ruthless unsmiling European, The Major – a phoney army conman, and Professor Marcus, a sinister madman who makes a brilliantly threatening appearance. This was the last film Alexander Mackendrick would direct for Ealing Studios before leaving for Hollywood. The fable of this film is meant to be an ironic joke about post-war England, the decline of the Empire, and its shattered society. One of Ealing Studios’ best comedies, it just gets better with age.

Wednesday 19th September
A Taste of Honey (12)
Director: Tony Richardson. 1961 Starring Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan and Murray Melvin.
Tony Robinson’s kitchen sink drama tells the funny, tragic tale of Jo, a neglected wide-eyed yet worldly teenager seeking affection. Jo is a Manchester girl, sick of school and bored with life. She meets a sailor and becomes pregnant. To get away from her alcoholic mother she takes up and moves in with Geoffrey, a gay man. He looks after her, taking over the cooking, cleaning and decorating. This slice-of-life film looks at working class poor, mix-race relationships, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality, most of which were taboo subjects or illegal in the 60s. Dora Bryan gives an uproarious turn as Jo’s mum and the film introduces us to Rita Tushingham, a young newcomer whose performance is pitch perfect. Although the film is set in a grimy northern city, captured expertly by Walter Lassally’s sobering camera work, this film bursts with vitality and honesty.

Friday 21st September
The Misfits (PG)
Director: John Huston. 1961 Starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.
This is an underrated gem of a film, both poetic and harsh. Three failed men come together in the Nevada desert to catch wild mustang to be slaughtered for dog food; an ageing cowboy, a bronco-buster and a former war pilot. Roslyn is a down-on-her-luck divorcee who is looking for someone to latch on to. Their values are questioned by Roslyn who is repelled by the cruelty of their calling. There are excellent performances and powerful moments and the climax is magnificent as Roslyn (Monroe) finally gives vent to her frustrations with the horse killers, in fact the entire male gender? This was Monroe’s and Gable’s last film, with Gable dying shortly after shooting. Written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston and starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift – what’s not to like?