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Fall in love with cinema in the safety of the classroom in our Film club.

"Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theatre."

roman polanski

Year 1

Lumiere Brothers
The Lumiere brothers - often credited with creating the first moving picture

Your guided tour through the history of film starts in 1895. Watch classics such as Chaplin’s The Kid, Buster Keaton’s The GeneralThe Sheik (starring Rudolph Valentino) and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. 

In 1927 sound arrives in the form of The Jazz Singer - and film is never the same again. Fritz Lang’s extraordinary M (1931) gives us a startlingly modern insight into the tortured mind of a child killer and the society that produces him. In Hollywood, the gangster genre is born: Jimmy Cagney’s Public Enemy and Angels with Dirty Faces leaps off the screen and influences actors for decades to come.

Then comes the French poetic realism films such as Le Quais des Brumes which pave the way for the ill-fated anti-heroes of the film noirs of the 1940s: there is no finer film from this period than Double Indemnity.

We then push on into the 1950s, and encounter some of the masters of this decade: Hitchcock, Kazan and Goddard. No other director matches the genius of Hitchcock and nothing is quite as cool as A Bout de Soufle.

The Western is a key touchstone of our journey; Ford’s The Searchers, Zinneman’s High Noon and Martin Ritt’s Hud are all wonderful examples of this genre. Our journey ends in the 1960s when a new era of film begins – gritty, probing, more violent than ever.

Year 2

You will watch films of the late 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s, films from America, Britain, China, France, Germany, Italy, India …